"The pure in heart"

[Of Special Interest to Juniors]

The stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were very fascinating to Jim. He was thrilled with the adventures of knights slaying dragons and rescuing fair ladies in distress. However, one thing he could not understand was Sir Galahad's being called chaste, or pure. Purity seemed to him to be a quality for women, not for men. He felt it made Sir Galahad sound like a sissy.

At the Christian Science Sunday School he attended, Jim had learned the Beatitudes, and he remembered the sixth one (Matt. 5:8), "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." He asked his teacher what "pure in heart" meant. In answer, she spoke of the need of clearing our consciousness so that only pure, or spiritual, thoughts are present. Christ Jesus, she pointed out, always was spiritually-minded. He did not accept as real any of the evidence of disease or death that was presented to him, and thus he was able to heal instantaneously.

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