I was greatly helped by this passage from Science and Health: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals” (pp. 476—477). It clarified for me the importance of not just forgiving one’s enemies, but forgiving oneself. Self-condemnation, I realized, is sometimes the antithesis of forgiveness; and cynicism and criticism can be forms of hatred. Learning to forgive and ultimately love ourselves and others—and to stop looking back in anguish—leads toward reconciliation and healing. As I absorbed these lessons and made them part of my daily life, I was healed of the stomach pain.
From the February 2, 2004 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Mary Tyler Moore was legendary TV actress on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’
January 25, 2017
Moore won seven Emmy Awards for her TV work and was nominated for an Academy Award for the film ‘Ordinary People.’ After winning a Lifetime Achievement Screen Actors Guild Award, the actress said she wanted to remembered ‘as a good chum. As somebody who was happy most of the time and took great pride in making people laugh when I was able to pull that off.’
Moore’s life was not all awards and perky television characters. She grew up in New York and Los Angeles with an alcoholic mother, a demanding father, and many self-doubts. When she became a mother herself, she felt guilty about not spending more time with her son, Richard, when he was young.
Shortly after “Ordinary People” came out in 1980, Richard, 24, was killed when a shotgun he was handling discharged – a death that was ruled accidental.
Moore’s 19-year marriage to Tinker ended in divorce in 1981 amid what she said was a lot of drinking and too little talking. She eventually went into rehab at the Betty Ford Center.
Moore, who became an activist for animal rights, wed for a third time in 1983, marrying Levine, a cardiologist who had treated her mother.