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Editor’s note: Mark Sappenfield is Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. When Mary Baker Eddy took the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor in her hands and called that morning “the lightest day of all days,” she was making a promise to the members of the Church of Christ, Scientist, and to the world (see Irving C.

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Christian Science Sentinel—Audio Podcast Sydney is healed and back at play by Abe Mclaughlin Abe shares how his dog Sydney experienced the healing power of prayer when she was in need.   for more, visit:  sentinel.

Believe it or not

You may be a pro at standing up to peer pressure at school. But what about in your thoughts? Learn how to be alert to the pressuring suggestions that come on a daily basis and would seem to have an effect on our lives—until we wise up and recognize their powerlessness.

I didn’t have to miss out

In Costa Rica for a class trip, she suddenly found herself unwell and missing out on activities she’d been looking forward to. Then prayer came to the rescue.

Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. — Ephesians 5:8 Exploring Bible Verses An exploration of Bible citations from the  Christian Science Quarterly ®   Bible Lessons “.

Praying for those in Mosul

As our hearts go out to the people in Mosul, Iraq, who are trapped in areas still under the control of the Islamic State, we may wonder how we can be of help. Heartfelt prayer can not only uplift our own thoughts but also open a window of light that can embrace and bless those we’re praying for.

A ring of care for Mosul’s civilians

The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State, which began this past fall, has now become the most intense urban warfare since World War II. Street-to-street fighting in Mosul’s western and older section has put Iraqi forces to the test against ISIS fighters, who took Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014.

'Hath not thy heart within thee burned ...'

Hath not thy heart within thee burned At evening’s calm and holy hour, As if its inmost depths discerned The presence of a loftier power? —Stephen G. Bulfinch, Christian Science Hymnal, No.

No more period pain

My school regularly holds lectures related to puberty for preteen and teenage students. During one of these lectures, they told us that pain is normal during menstrual cycles and also that our menstrual cycles might be irregular in the beginning.

A sweet treat—in honor of Mother’s Day

In thinking about Mother’s Day, I often reflect back to when each of my children was around three. My first son had a stuffed animal bunny and would often push him around in the stroller.