Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – A Spiritual Focus for Election Day

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Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – A Spiritual Focus for Election Day

A Spiritual Focus for Election Day

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 06:16 PM PDT


Right about now in the United States presidential election cycle (every 4 years) the voices in support of favorite candidates reach a fevered pitch. With less than a week to go until Election Day – although with more people voting ahead of time, we should probably call it Voting Results Day – it is tempting to abstain from online news sites and turn off the TV. That might provide some relief, but is that all that can be done?

Early one morning a few days ago, I prayed to know what more I could be doing from a spiritual standpoint – not just to find peace and guidance for myself, but to mentally recognize and support all that is good about a society participating in choosing their next government.

Mary Baker Eddy, a well known religious and medical reformer, as well as an advocate of citizens’ rights in her day, was often asked for her political views. The following was published in the Boston Post in November, 1908.


Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy has always believed that those who are entitled to vote should do so, and she has also believed that in such matters no one should seek to dictate the actions of others.

In reply to a number of requests for an expression of her political views, she has given out this statement: —

I am asked, “What are your politics?” I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.

Sounds like a good focus for every day, not only on Voting Results Day!