Monthly Prayer Topic

Apathy

Apathy is a state of mind that dulls one’s ability to participate constructively in life. Mary Baker Eddy equates this state of mind to hypnotism. The apathetic one is inclined to disregard the apparent needs of others, claim there is nothing he or she can do, or shrug off as hopeless a situation that could be corrected with courage and commitment. Jesus was never apathetic in the face of need. Rather, his heart was filled with compassion and he took steps to help and heal. Let us consciously set aside any apathy we may be tempted to feel, and engage in our daily rounds with a keen eye to see what needs our caring touch, be it a smile or a helping hand. The Reading Room thanks you.