The True Homeland

[Original article in French]

"Every step of progress," writes Mary Baker Eddy, "is a step more spiritual. The great element of reform is not born of human wisdom; it draws not its life from human organizations; rather is it the crumbling away of material elements from reason, the translation of law back to its original language,—Mind, and the final unity between man and God" (The People's Idea of God, p. 1). This transcendent statement shows how futile is mere strife in bringing about better world conditions, and indicates that universal peace depends on the spiritualization of thought.

Down through the ages the love of country has exercised on the individual an influence good or bad according to his concept of the homeland. History abounds in splendid accounts of the valiant efforts of noble hearts struggling courageously to maintain liberty or encourage the mental and moral development of their native land. The phrase "mother country" may quickly waken noble sentiments and heroic courage or, on the other hand, it may serve to mask evil motives, ambition, vengeance, hatred. For the common benefit of nations it is of prime importance that the individuals composing them acquire a sound view of universal peace.

What incalculable progress will be realized, what an inevitable and glorious dawn of peace will come upon men, when they agree not to cling to a physical sense of country, but to hold to the true sense of universal brotherhood! In the light of spiritual understanding and divine inspiration we can search out the spiritual fact and thus bring about a better manifestation of unity in human experience. In Christian Science we find the true and scientific basis on which we can build a mental home beyond the reach of evil. It becomes evident that our spiritually native home is of the Father, the universal God, and we can therefore realize that our true, our only dwelling place is in Love eternal, in which spiritual man lives and moves. What a wonderful homeland is ours! In the sweet atmosphere of its justice, eternal peace and joy supreme come to bloom.

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The Christian Science Nurse
November 28, 1942

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