It is not enough to be puzzled or outraged if one is again (and again, and again), confronted with violence, a shocking lack of independent thought, a cold disregard of human lives. What is needed is a clear yes and an equally clear no. Enough! There is an intimacy with God, Love, which displaces a sense of vulnerability and actively lives unselfishness. It is closeness with God, good, which inspires forgiveness without naïvité, it teaches constructive thought and action, and instills gratitude for Christ Jesus who acquainted humanity with the all-encompassing love as a Principle to live by, against all odds. The rules of the games are already changed.
Mary Baker Eddy finishes her biography Retrospection&Introspection with this insight, leaving the last word to a contemporary poet of her time, Anna E. Hamilton. You can find this quote on p. 95 of her book. A French translation can be found here.
"I am persuaded that only by the modesty and distinguishing affection illustrated in Jesus' career, can Christian Scientists aid the establishment of Christ's kingdom on the earth. In the first century of the Christian era Jesus' teachings bore much fruit, and the Father was glorified
therein. In this period and the forthcoming centuries, watered by dews of divine Science, this "tree of life" will blossom into greater freedom, and its leaves will be "for the healing of the nations."
Ask God to give thee skill
In comfort's art:
That thou may'st consecrated be
And set apart
Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
Of Christlike touch.
— A. E. HAMILTON"
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