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Eye on the world: Being peacemakers
In “The real lights of Vegas must shine on” The Christian Science Monitor’sEditorial Boardwrites: “The more a tragedy’s inspiring acts of love and courage are highlighted, the easier it would be for people to influence troubled individuals prone to violence. A cycle of hate or fear must be broken quickly. Within 12 hours of the Las Vegas killings, for example, government officials were expressing public gratitude for the hundreds of volunteers, police, health workers, and others who saved lives and acted without hesitation. Even as officials spoke of collective solutions such as tighter gun laws or better protection for public events, they sought to reinforce the qualities that can counter the evil behind such violence…. As Americans discuss what new measures might prevent another mass shooting, they should recall the traits of character displayed during the night of Oct. 1.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.
—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 365–366
Striving to be good, to do good, and to love our neighbor as ourself, man’s soul is safe; man emerges from mortality and receives his rights inalienable—the love of God and man.
— The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 200
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Coming to humanity’s aid with spiritual sense”: “Because God is everywhere, the light of Christ that fills our thought as we pray reaches everywhere, embracing everyone. We can’t know when or how individuals will become receptive to spiritual truth. But the truth works patiently in human consciousness, often unseen. Truth uncovers evil thoughts and corrects them. It also brings to light God’s guidance and protection, for governments and individuals.” And “Every time we glimpse the reality of God and His creation, and experience physical or moral healing as a result, it’s because we have been utilizing spiritual sense. However modest our individual healings may seem in contrast to the challenges facing humanity today, we should never doubt our ability to use the understanding we have to pray for the welfare of our fellow world citizens.”
In “Seeing man as Love’s image”: “One could not wish for a more stimulating experience than to behold in some measure the glorious and glorified man of God’s creating, the man our Leader [Mary Baker Eddy] has revealed as the expression of God’s being.” And “Man, the idea of Mind, is the expression of all of Mind’s qualities. Thus as the true nature of man, the compound idea of God, dawns upon human thought, we perceive that men express in ever greater degree the qualities of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, loyalty, compassion, tenderness, thoughtfulness, consideration, strength, permanency, completeness, obedience, meekness, might, and so forth.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.