Cinderella’s Secrets to Success

Disney’s Cinderella: a simple rags-to-riches romance that has influenced decades of young girls and women to dream of their own “happily ever after” complete with Prince Charming. The “sweetest story ever told” seems to perpetuate the idea that salvation from life’s hardships comes through marriage and that finding “Mr. (or Mrs.) Right” transforms one from ordinary to extraordinary. However, considering the movie again, Cinderella actually illustrates a quest for sisterhood and ultimate self-actualization (a sense of oneself as a whole individual). Cinderella’s efforts prove fruitful while her stepmother and stepsisters fail.  Cinderella’s recipe for success? Respect, hard work, patient giving, and independence based on a solid sense of self-worth. Continue reading “Cinderella’s Secrets to Success”

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Collecting Scents (Part 3)

            “Billy! I didn’t know you liked to read!” Viola had looked all over the library for Bill and finally found him hidden in a corner sitting with a book in his lap. He had his back to her and at the sound of her voice twirled around slamming the book shut.

            “Good God, woman! Don’t creep up on me like that!”

            “Sorry.” Continue reading “Collecting Scents (Part 3)”

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 3)

Here is the last part of my review of this awesome movie!

BEWARE: Conatins spoilers!

            Now, there’s one more thing that really stuck out to me about this movie, and that is: Harvey Dent.  He is an especially interesting character because he begins as Gotham’s “White Knight,” trusting in a bright tomorrow. However, after his beloved Rachel is killed and his own face is seriously burned, he is at his lowest point and is filled with doubt. The Joker wastes no time in attacking Dent where he is weakest. He comes to Dent’s hospital room, laughingly disguised in a female nurse’s uniform and torments him until, finally, Dent gives in and becomes evil himself. Every time this part of the movie appears, I want to shout at the screen, “Don’t do it Harvey! Don’t believe the Joker! Just trust in good a little bit longer!” If Dent could see the ridiculousness of the Joker’s appearance and recognize his mind games, he would likely have laughed—after all, the Joker is a clown! It’s when we get so deeply engrossed in our own personal problems that we fail to see the whole picture. Dent gets sucked into thinking life is all about chance. He chooses revenge and, as noted before, this quality of evil destroys itself. In the end, Harvey Dent is destroyed by (who else?) Batman. In my own experience, this reminds me to put unshakable trust in God, good, even if things look bad because I might not see everything going on—I might not see the way God is overcoming evil for me. However, as The Dark Knight illustrates, good will always triumph and in order for me to see (and understand) this victory I need to hold on to good, God. “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’” (Science and Health, 444:10, emphasis added).

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 2)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            Toward the end of the movie, two ferries leave a dock—one is filled with civilians, the other with convicts. The Joker’s voice is heard on both ferries through an intercom and announces that their vessels will explode at midnight. However, one group will live if they decide to push a button to blow up the other ferry first. Of course this stirs up a lot of panic as the people on each ferry decide what to do. In the end, all the passengers refuse to blow up the other boat. They choose the side of good. Mary Baker Eddy says, “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils 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” (Science and Health, 340:23). Wow! Look what happens when we choose good over evil! The unity between the convicts and civilians, of men and women,—of all groups present, is very apparent as even the most fearful individuals choose good.   Continue reading “A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 2)”

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            One night as I sat cozily smashed between two friends, watching one of my favorite modern movies, The Dark Knight, I realized that this movie serves as a great metaphor for Christian Scientists! To me, it illustrates the way good, God, always triumphs over evil.

            As a Christian Scientist, I overcome evil by understanding its powerlessness in the presence of good, God. God is, of course, always present. However, sometimes evil can seem very powerful and overwhelming. From the very beginning of The Dark Knight, the Joker seems to have complete control over those around him. The first plan that he executes is a bank robbery, which is accomplished by a team of miscreants who are killed off, one by one, until the Joker escapes alone with all the money. This bit alone reminds me of the importance to act with right motives and high morals because when we choose greed, hate, willfulness, etc. we can only expect to be killed off. When we acknowledge the presence of the good that comes from God by acting with generosity, love, humility, etc. we will witness God’s goodness everywhere and see the destruction of evil. The discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that, “The only power of evil is to destroy itself” (186:18). It is, in fact, evil being killed off, not man, who is God’s creation (and whom He declares as “very good” in Genesis 1:31). Continue reading “A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)”

Limitless Love

This article was published in the April 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

LIMITLESS LOVE

As I sit on the couch, our family’s pet cat, Lily, is curled up next to me. Sometimes she lifts her head to look at me with begging eyes. Of course I pet her, and she immediately starts to purr. When I stop, she puts her head back down and continues her peaceful nap. What I find so inspiring is the way this kitty is so expectant and trusting. When she looks up, she seems to know that I will show her love and she falls fast asleep trusting that she is safe and secure. Continue reading “Limitless Love”