Protected by the ‘panoply of Love’

Originally written in Portuguese, this article first appears in the January 2014 Portuguese, French, German, and Spanish editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

About a year ago, I had an experience that taught me profound lessons about divine Love, and how it plays a role in protecting our liberty and our individual rights.

While taking part in organizing an event at work, I had to deal with a colleague who harassed the women in our group by making unwelcome and sometimes sexually suggestive comments. The situation was very unpleasant. All my female colleagues avoided contact with this man as much as they could, which was totally understandable.

That day I had to spend an entire afternoon in the company of only this colleague. At first, the situation was very tense. He was verbally aggressive, and admitted he couldn’t control himself. His behavior made me feel completely defenseless. Many questions shuffled through my thought: “What should I do? Come up with an excuse and go home? Argue with my colleague? Call the police if things get worse?”

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