Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Night the Titanic Sank Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Night the Titanic Sank Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Public interest in the drama surrounding the great ship Titanic never seems to wane. Last week, the movie "Titanic" won multiple Academy Awards. Lieutenant C. H. Lightoller, R. N. R., a Christian Scientist, who survived the ship's sinking, was portrayed in the film. We thought readers would be interested in his testimony regarding his real-life experience. It was first published in The Christian Science Journal in October 1912.

While the Titanic was sinking, and during the whole time I was working at {loading passengers into} the {life}boats, I held to {God's} truth, thereby eliminating all fear. I do not pretend that any man can go down on a ship at midnight, in mid-Atlantic, and succeed in eliminating fear, without hard work. It was hard work, and yet the very conditions which existed on the port side were in themselves a demonstration of the workings of Truth, for not the slightest hitch occurred, and all boats were got away ....

{I then called} for men to follow me up on top of the officers' quarters to cut adrift the last boat, which was stowed there. This boat we had not time even to open up, so just hove her down to the deck from which we had launched the others. As I saw her slide over the edge of the quarters I turned and ran across the deck to the other side of the ship to see if anything further could be done. Looking down I could see that all material work was finished, so from where I was on top of the quarters and above the bridge, I faced forward and walked into the water. The sudden immersion in this penetratingly cold water for a few seconds overcame all thought, and ... almost immediately I found myself drawn with great force against the grating covering the mouth of the forward blower. ... In this position I went below the surface with the ship. ... as soon as I collected my thoughts after taking to the water, I remember saying to myself, "Now, I'll see how much I have learned from Christian Science." A doubt never entered my mind as to the possibility of my surviving; in other words, of the ability of the divine power to save me. I think I can conscientiously say that with this thought all fear left me, and I commenced again to realize the truth of being. …

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