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Next in our biweekly series on how people have nurtured their public practice of Christian Science.
I TOOK MY STAND
SINCE CHILDHOOD I'd been oriented toward the priesthood. Then my parents decided to make a great doctor of me instead. I took so well to this idea that I had no more interest in religion.
Prayer to me seemed more and more like a mental palliative, and I was headed toward atheism. What I thought would be my last prayer, formulated as an ultimatum before throwing God entirely out of my life, led me however to a substantial feeling of His living presence. Soon after, friends gave me copies of Le Héraut de la Christian Science, and within a month I'd found a Christian Science Reading Room and Science and Health.
My anthropomophic way of viewing God was being transformed into a rational knowledge of Him as divine Principle. Prayer became a spiritual activity of thought with tangible results. My acquaintance with the teachings of Christian Science, contained in Science and Health, brought a great revival to my heart's hidden desire to consecrate myself to spiritual things. I began to feel that aspiration with such fervor that I soon spent most of my time pondering God's nature rather than giving attention to my medical studies. But all my friends and family were against what I felt wholeheartedly was so right for me. Their opinion kept me from taking any step new direction.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Charles Honey, Sarah Schafer, Jonathan Ansfield
CRITICISM with a heart to heal
BY MARGARET ROGERS
ROUTING OUT the inner critic
BY TONY LOBL
FROM CONDEMNATION to joy
BY CALI MCCLURE
CRITIQUE from the sidelines
BY SANDRA SCOTT
AFTER KATRINA—the year of hope reclaimed
BY WARREN BOLON AND INGRID PESCHKE
SCIENCE AND HEALTH the KEY to FREEDOM
with contributions from EMILIO CASTROMÁN
with contributions from Eli Abbott, Laura Boisselle, Amanda Kamau
I TOOK MY STAND
JOSEPH M. BALEKA
IT BEGINS WITH US
A PRAYERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON OBESITY
ENDURING JOY REPLACES GRIEF
STING OF SCORPION FISH HEALED
EAR CONDITION HEALED THROUGH PERSISTENT PRAYER