Manliness and Spirituality

In the memorable film about the baseball star Lou Gehrig another ballplayer remarks with deep feeling. "What a guy!" The world needs and values manliness. However, the belief still prevails that manliness is a limited identifying characteristic of a mortal, or fleshly man. By mortal standards masculine strength is thought to be muscular force, courage to be animal confidence, and acumen to be developed brainpower.

Understood in Christian Science, the qualities of manliness transcend physical belief. They are seen to be reflected qualities of God, or Spirit, expressing infinitely more than the so-called powers possessed by finite mortals. Spiritual qualities are spiritual forces expressed by an individual when he is governed by God. In Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy we read, "The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal." Science and Health, p. 302;

A Bridge to Hope
April 17, 1971

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