College is a place where currents of thought flow freely, and the good work done by a Christian Science Organization (CSO) tends to disturb mistaken beliefs and practices. As a member of a CSO, it is therefore essential to know oneself as God’s spiritual reflection and to defend oneself by knowing the spiritual truths that show that we are always sheltered under God’s wing, kept safe from danger or opposition to Truth.
Our CSO wanted to host a Christian Science lecture, and I needed to stop by the office of the executive director of the university to inquire about the response to our letter regarding the use of a space on campus. The staff members I met in the office asked me a lot of questions about Christian Science. I replied with caution. Finally, they said that my request would not go through because, in their view, Christian Science belongs to the occult. At that moment, I prayed. I knew that this viewpoint was not accurate, and I acknowledged that nothing can stand against the power of Christ, of Truth, in action.
I also had to learn about being patient and expecting good, because after I provided the director with the necessary paperwork, the staff member in charge of the case went on vacation and left the file in his drawer. During this time, I was tempted to force the issue by trying to meet with the executive director himself, but I overcame that temptation when I better understood what patience is. Each time I was tempted, I thought of the following passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and it removed any anxiety: “The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on” (p. 225).