In “Why mass shootings at a church are different” The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “Just hours after the Nov. 5 mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about a hundred people held a vigil for the victims. Some mourned, some prayed, some held candles high. To one local resident, Mike Gonzales, the vigil’s purpose was both simple and grand: ‘to show the world that now, in the midst of darkness, there is light.’
“His point reflects the idea that houses of worship play a larger role in society than merely a place for people to attend religious services. They are practical purveyors of hope, forgiveness, and love in everyday life. And when a sacred place, whether it be a church, temple, or mosque, is the scene of violence, those qualities of thought are evermore present and in demand. They allow people to displace the hate behind a killing rather than respond with hate….
“For a community hit by violence at a house of worship, prayer vigils are often the start of a process of coming to terms with such acts and in finding peace. Some find solace in forgiving the killer. Others find peace in renewing the bonds of a sacred community. The point, as Mr. Gonzales said, is to show light in the midst of darkness.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him…. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!
—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 45
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “The comfort that heals”: “Christian Science teaches that to bring healing, the letter of metaphysics needs to be accompanied by selfless love and compassion, the spirit and inspiration of the Christ.” And “The love that comforts and heals is not personal and emotional but spiritual, impartial, and universal. This is the love we reflect from God, the impartial love that loves simply because it is love and sees everything as God created it, lovely and beautiful and worthy of God’s love.”
In “Compassion”: “The measure of compassion entertained by one is commensurate with his comprehension of this Christly quality which Jesus so perfectly expressed in his contact with sinning, suffering, inharmonious humanity. No characteristic of the Master is more prominent than this wonderful connecting link between the divine and the human.” And “In our everyday dealings with our fellow men, whatever savors of compassion helps to harmonize these relationships. The requirements of divine Love in every situation include consideration for others.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.