There are many things that peoples of the world have in common. One of them is an innate desire to experience freedom. Some people may define this as political freedom. Others, as religious freedom. Still others may describe their need in terms of freedom from poverty or illness or hunger or homelessness.

Real freedom always stems from God, who is Spirit. The Bible reminds us: "Where the Spirit of the Lord, is, there is liberty." II Cor. 3:17.

Freedom coexists with responsibility. Each one of us can show practical evidence of real, intelligent caring. As Mary Baker Eddy counsels, we have the responsibility to fulfill the totality of our obligations to children when we choose to have them. We have the responsibility to adhere to the ethics of Christian Science practice; the responsibility to demonstrate Christianity in our relations with others. As students of Christian Science we have been granted a solemn trust.

January 8, 1990

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