(It has been pointed out) out that the vast majority of violence is perpetrated by men and that more needs to be done to address this condition. It reports that “men are nine to ten times more likely to commit homicide and more likely to be its victims” (Erika Christakis, “The Overwhelming Maleness of Mass Homicide,” July 24, 2012).
Such statistics are a sharp rebuke for us to rethink our expectations, education, and biases about manhood. Violence is about extreme fear, but is not a defining element of true manhood. True manhood counters violence.
Courage, unselfishness, boldness, action, intelligence, compassion. Isn’t this the model of manhood we are looking for? And it’s found not only in the aftermath of tragedies but in the millions of men who daily provide for, protect, and love their families; cooperate and help their partners and co-workers; strategize for and build their homes, communities, and nations.
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Tragedies, like the recent shooting in Orlando, are often the catalyst for change.
"A sudden ending doesn’t leave us the same. Through prayer, our sense of justice is strengthened, our commitment to help others is deepened, and our alertness to others’ needs is heightened. The world needs the poise, breadth, confidence, and vision of our prayers. It needs our seasoned experience in overcoming apparent evil by realizing God’s presence. It needs our grace to move forward with compassion and our insistence that greater good can come from any disturbance—no matter how large or small."
-- To read more on this topic, read the rest of "Addressing tragedies and sudden endings" , an article written a few years ago, and relevant today. It was published in the December 31, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
From the May 14, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Testimonies of healing are everywhere! And they are central to Christian Science. They are in The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald magazines, at testimony meetings, in Sunday School lessons, in the last chapter of Science and Health, and online. The power of the testimony lies in the fact that Christian Scientists can prove what they’ve learned by healing. And no one can take away or discredit what we have proved for ourselves.
My family was introduced to Christian Science when my grandfather was healed of severe head injuries. His testimony and other healings my family had (see below) were the springboard for me to practice Christian Science. Although I broke away from it for about a year at one point, wanting to discover Truth for and by myself, I ultimately came back because I found Christian Science so compelling. I was seeing that the ideas of Christian Science, the law of Love, were everywhere.
It seemed that all aspects of my life were showing me more of the relevance of Christian Science. After making it my own, I saw how its ideas helped my post-college work in education. Later I worked as an administrator for a Christian Science nursing facility, where I saw countless examples of how practical Christian Science is. Being married and having children showed me how tender and powerful Love is. Later, in a job with the publisher of Mary Baker Eddy’s writings, I supported the worldwide distribution of Science and Health. As I traveled to Europe, Asia, and Latin America, I saw how deep the hunger and wide the demand is to know more about Christian Science.
Looking back, I see that each step was preparing me to be a healer. And I just wanted to take more steps! I wanted to dive in with a commitment to help make this Science available, responding more fully to the growing demand for healing through prayer. I knew it was my time to add to the record of healing by becoming a Christian Science practitioner. I got an office, set up a website, put an ad in the local paper, and I was off!.......
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Healing through prayer in Christian Science has been a standard thoughout my life. My family and extended family could list many healings of business challenges resolved, third and second degree burns healed, healings (broken bones, coma, etc) resulting from car accidents, migraines, slipped disk, wrenched knees, lost items found, relationship issues resolved, homes found, moving family across the country, financial problems reversed and many more - all resolved and healed through Christian Science prayer. Below are links to a number of articles I've written on healing through prayer.(Full subscription to JSH-online required.)
From the May 1996 issue of The Christian Science Journal
It is natural to expect healing in Christian Science to come quickly. There may be times, though, when it isn't immediate, and we need to be firm in keeping out harmful thoughts that would impose themselves on us. Are we tempted, for instance, to condemn ourselves simply for finding ourselves in a challenging situation? Such a thought isn't from God. It's a suggestion of the carnal mind, which would focus our attention on a false view of man as a sinful or victimized mortal. It needs to be recognized as false and replaced with the sweet, perfect, and authoritative truth that God is pure good and that man is His immortal, unblemished, uncontaminated child, inseparable from divine Love.
We have nothing to be ashamed of as we work to establish a clearer understanding of the activity of God and His Christ in our lives. And we can remember that our caring Father-Mother, God, gives us all that we need. The Bible says, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 1
God is all-powerful, all-gracious, and man is the direct expression of God. The relationship of God to man is as close as the relationship of a parent to a child—in fact, closer. God and man are inseparable, like the sun and the sunlight. You simply cannot have one without the other. So it follows that man is because God is.
Because of our unity with God, we can expect to understand and feel God's regenerative, purifying love. This understanding disables any sense of guilt or condemnation, or the fear of malicious criticism, and restores the perception of our heaven-bestowed status of health and harmony.
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From the November 14, 2005 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
WHEN I WAS PREGNANT with our first child, it seemed natural to continue my job after the baby was born, as our family needed the two incomes. However, my feelings about work underwent a major shift. I wasn't prepared for the strong bond I felt with this wide-eyed bundle of joy and tenderness. My heart was getting tugged at in a big way because I didn't want to leave him.
Whenever I'm distressed, I pray. This time my prayer was an affirmation that God, my Father and Mother, was also my son's Father-Mother. I could trust this loving Parent to give me guidance about how to care for our child and give us exactly the type of care we needed. In one of Mary Baker Eddy's writings, she said, "... if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment" (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p.307).
I knew that a divine power, also called Love, was working on my behalf, and on my son's behalf, toward a good solution—one that would bless every member of our family. Praying this way, I was more alert to possibilities and wasn't weighed down with worry or guilt.
The book of Isaiah says, "Enlarge the place of thy tent" (54:2), which signaled to me that I needed to enlarge my understanding of God as Mother—and to let go of a concept of mothering that said I was the only who could ever care properly for my son. I needed to acknowledge that God would never leave him and he could feel the expression of mother-love wherever he was and whoever was with him. This did not mean I didn't want to or need to be a good parent. But it did mean I could trust God to show my husband and me the best and most practical way to ensure his care, based on the needs of our family.
Mothers naturally wonder if their relationship with their children will suffer if they can't be stay-at-home moms. But I've learned through my study of Christian Science that we each have an inseparable relationship with God, and as we draw closer to this mothering Love, we feel closer to one another. Thus, I saw that my relationship with my son could never be diminished simply because other individuals might be providing care for him.
What result of this prayer?
(Actually - we had many creative and happy results over the years. To read the rest of the article, click here.)
From the Sept 2, 1996 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
It's all right to cry.
Let the tears take you down to a place
you thought no one ever knew about,
behold the Christ is here.
You are not alone.
Behold the Christ is here,
the spirit of God,
giving a cup of cold water,
pouring you out a blessing,
filling up the vacant hope,
spilling over with
an endless, purifying love
"I have overcome the world."*
The Christ is here,
carrying you with the truth
that your life is flooded with
God's infinite goodness.
Be comforted now with clearer, wider vision.
You are not alone.
*See John 16:31-33.
From JSH online June 08, 2012 - Practice, Practice, Practice
I just finished another call from a patient, and I am in awe. It is evident that God is leading both of us to a greater understanding of our relationship to Her—and this understanding is conquering every sort of sin, every sort of chaos, discomfort, and disease.
My practice is like being involved in an army of good. I see that each patient self-enlists when she or he calls. There’s some challenge that needs addressing. It’s the patient’s spiritual sense, their own “conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209) that leads them to seek healing of the issue. Although the challenge may seem to be something that is intimately theirs, it’s really only an iteration of the belief that God is not all powerful. The problem may exist at a micro-level and seem to be personal, but it also exists at a macro-level and is a world belief—the belief that any of God’s children can be separated from Him.
When we pray together, we open ourselves up to Truth, God. And that opening reveals our inseparable relationship to God, to Truth and to Love. My patients have faced down fear with Love; disease with whole and vibrant health; sensuality with purity; apathy with renewed purpose and vigor. I track all progress and healing, and it’s awesome to review each month’s work and reaffirm the progress of Love that has healed all kinds of conditions in all sorts of ways.
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From the Christian Science Sentinel - April 13, 2006
As natural resources dwindle, wars continue to dominate the headlines, and economies fluctuate, many people around the world are anxious about the future.
But the quest for a deep, permanent release from uncertainty is more than a search for social or economic stability. At its heart it is a quest for spirituality, a quest that Patricia Aburdene, in her book Megatrends 2010, calls the “greatest megatrend of our era.”
The steps necessary to satisfy the hunger for spirituality and overcome uncertainty about the future may seem daunting, but there are good reasons for hope—and we can find them in the ideas demonstrated in the Bible and explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
I see Christ Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection as a reassuring example of God’s power to deliver us even in the most terrible times. The events surrounding his crucifixion were ominous and unrelenting, and yet, right when he seemed abandoned to anguish and suffering, Jesus continued to love—and to be sustained by divine Love.
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I was moved to hear of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's tribute for her friend and colleague Supreme Court Justice Scalia. Part of that tribute included this line " 'We are different, we are one,' different in our interpretation of written texts, one in our reverence for the Constitution and the institution we serve." Their lives together as friends is a model that shows how we can all work together, even with vastly different views. And to go one step further, we can see that those who oppose us are sometimes those that force us to refine and strengthen what we believe.
Mary Baker Eddy, reformer and founder of Christian Science, writes
'“Love thine enemies” is identical with “Thou hast no enemies.” Wherein is this conclusion relative to those who have hated thee without a cause? Simply, in that those unfortunate individuals are virtually thy best friends. Primarily and ultimately, they are doing thee good far beyond the present sense which thou canst entertain of good.' (from Miscellaneous Writings, p. 9:9)
Harmony does not always mean homogeneity. Harmony means that there is a congruity in which we can value and love others on the highest level - a spiritual basis.
As you read this article about Scalia and Ginsburg, Ginsburg's tribute is full of appreciation for Scalia's intellect and wit, and devotion and allegiance to his work. Their disagreements served to refine her arguments, further benefiting her office and interpretations of law. Their friendship went higher than their disagreements, as they " bonded over their love for their country and their passion for the law." (To read the full article on Scalia and Ginsburg, click here.)
This made me think of how I have dealt with disagreements within family, work groups or politics. Have I been able to see beyond the immediate clash, to value those with differing opinions and to see how those different views can challenge and change or strengthen my own understanding?
Can I see that we are all united by our love for the same thing? We stand on a lot of territory that is common ground. Am I claiming that common ground enough so that we can all work together in ways that are progressively better?
Mary Baker Eddy writes about the impact of oneness. But before I share that, consider the word "God". Let's take from that word any sense of dogma, division and denomination. Let's use that word as synonymous with Love, as it is done in the book of John when he writes "God is Love."
This opens the door on what is possible when we focus on our higher selves, the "better angels of our nature" as Lincoln coined that phrase.
Where it says "One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations" let's consider "One infinite Love unifies men and nations" and then read on "... constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed." (See Science and Health p. 340:23-29)
We can go so much farther by working together. The Ginsburg/Scalia friendship certainly gives us hope for what we can all achieve with one another. As we are in full swing with the election season, this is the higher road and hope we can all claim.
You may already know that the Psalms written in the Bible were actually songs. They cover most of life's issues in the 150 songs written. I learned lots about Psalms today at a meeting with our hospital's very cool prayer team.
According to the book Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak for us Today, there are six major themes for the psalms: 5 storytelling psalms (example: Psalm 78); a whopping 64 lament psalms - the most popular type of all songs (example: Psalm 22); 20 Thanksgiving psalms (example: Psalm 116); 17 psalms of praise (example: Psalm 147); 36 Festival psalms (example: Psalm 47); and 22 meditation or wisdom psalms (example: Psalm 23).
What impressed me most is to learn of the context and reasons behind these songs. The Psalms were written as a life story. This led us to ask- how would each of us capture our life story in its different aspects of praise, wisdom, lament, etc? How would we use a psalm as a vehicle to sing our own song?
As an example, we looked at the most popular psalm: the 23rd Psalm:
A Psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
And then we looked at this same psalm rewritten from the Eskimo perspective (author unknown).
A Psalm of the Eskimo
The Lord is my master: I am his dog.
He makes me lie down in soft snow; He leads me across the firm ice:
He calls to me encouragingly.
He drives me on good trails because I belong to Him.
Through storms and troubles, I will not be afraid because He is with me,
My harness is securely fastened and His hand is on the sled.
He guards me while I eat, though enemies lurk near. He doctors my hurts.
My heart overflows with gratitude.
Only kindness and gentle care will be mine from the hands of this Master And I will be on His team forever.
So, dear reader, how would you write your own psalm?
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016