God brings this PhD candidate tranquillity and the needed strength to be victorious.

Prayer and trust in God can bring harmony even to the most stressful situations. I proved this some years ago.

I live in Curitiba, in the south of Brazil, but I wanted to get my PhD in São Paulo. However, I felt insecure because the universities of that state have a very competitive selection process. To keep calm, I decided to contact a Christian Science practitioner so that she would pray with me.

The practitioner asked me to look at the following passage from Science and Health: "Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear" (p. 506). As I read that passage, I realized that I had not been thinking correctly about the dissertation I intended to develop during my doctoral program. Instead of seeing that step as a burden, I tried to acknowledge that the purpose of my dissertation was good and holy because it had the potential of helping many people connected to public education in Brazil. I held on to the thought that the good generated by this project could not be stopped or disapproved of.

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September 6, 2010

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