Love: the best response of all

In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy defines the duty of the Committee on Publication: "to correct in a Christian manner impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science..." (Art. XXXIII, Sect. 2). Her words couldn't be clearer: The needful work of providing corrective information to the public is to be done "in a Christian manner." Experience has shown that if the corrective work isn't done in a Christian manner, it isn't done at all. And doing this work in a Christian manner certainly requires that it be done with love.

From the life of our Master, Christ Jesus, and from all Christian experience, we know that truly effective love has its source and gathers its power from divine Love—the Love that knows no opposite because it is the Love that is God. Living this Love in the face of obvious injustice isn't easy. It requires wisdom, discernment, and even spiritual "toughness" at times. (See Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy, 250:14– 21.) But the willingness to persist in loving brings into human experience a transforming factor that simply can't be assimilated in the world's terms.

As an example, we felt that Sentinel readers—whether newcomers or regulars—would be as moved as we were by the following account from a church member, Barsom Kashish, who attended a crowded lecture about Christian Science given by one of its most strident critics. What follows is a shortened transcription of the full account that Mr. Kashish shared with us.

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May 19, 1986

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