A woman's visit to an assassin's cell over a century ago shows how to pray about terrorism.

Confronting the enraged mentality

Early In 1882, Mary Baker Eddy was visiting Washington, D.C., for several weeks with her husband, Asa Gilbert Eddy. One of the places she went to was the jail where Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President Garfield, was being held. They allowed her to enter his cell.

I asked myself this question: Why did she do that? Knowing something about her, I decided it must have been with the intent to heal. Perhaps she felt that, while many people are moved with compassion to bring healing and comfort to the sick, few are moved to bring healing to the terrorist, the assassin, the unjust or cruel.

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