Religion of Good-Will


I Wonder if Santa Claus is a Christian Scientist. It has struck me suddenly he must be, though I never heard the old gentleman's religion discussed. I have a friend, who has recently been converted to Christian Science. For years he was sick, discouraged, and weary of life. All the doctors gave him up in despair, he persisted in living but life seemed scarcely worth while. Then somebody induced him to go to a Christian Science meeting. I can't give you the details of what occurred after that time, but anyway he took on a new lease of life, he went back to his work with fresh vigor, and to-day he looks as if he had gained forty pounds and lost twenty years. He talks with tremendous enthusiasm about the Science that gave him back his health and he wants everybody to share in the benefits he has had.

He tells me that Christian Science heals not only the body but the mind. It makes the most disgruntled being above earth happy and fit to live with. It clears one's path of worries, brings happiness to a household, makes your children a wellspring of joy instead of incorrigible young demons, and sweeps the world of sin. So I have imagined that Santa Claus, with his doctrine of happiness, peace, and good-will to men, must be a Christian Scientist. He has been coming to this old world with his benediction for many, many years; but alas for the turmoil, selfishness, bloodshed, and lack of good-will he finds at each visit!—Chronicle, Binghamton, N.Y.

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The Lectures
January 25, 1900

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