Christian Science offers to mankind the greatest of all blessings, not alone in the regeneration of depraved consciousness and the restoration of health to the hopeless invalid, but also in awakening a sense of responsibility to prevent wrong conditions ; and this responsibility cannot be overlooked or ignored by those who wish to exemplify the teachings and practice of this religion. Carelessness or indifference concerning wrong conditions is never excusable in the true Scientist, and those who desire most earnestly to understand divine Science must make the endeavor requisite to acquire such knowledge.

The definition of the word "endeavor" suggests not only the putting forth of effort, and the striving to accomplish a certain end, but includes the thought of "duty," and the French word devoir doubtless could have been translated as meaning "on guard" or "at duty." The faithful sentinel who received orders to "allow no living creature to enter the camp without giving the password," little suspected that beneath the shaggy coat of the huge St. Bernard dog, the pet of the regiment, was concealed a spy, who, thus disguised, under cover of darkness tried to pass the guard. Remembering the specific order, the password was demanded, and the failure to give it resulted in the discovery of the spy and a great vantage.

Christian Scientists are reminded that they must be watchful and vigilant to prevent the encroachments of error; that they must not endeavor simply to make the greater demonstrations, but also to keep diligently on the lookout for the first appearance of even a suspicion of evil. Whenever this is done, good results will invariably follow. While many have been drawn to Christian Science because of remarkable cures wrought within themselves or witnessed in others, it is none the less true that as they advance they will talk less and less about "remarkable healing" in their own experience. In fact, as we attain greater understanding of divine power and demonstrate its efficacy, healing will no longer seem marvelous, but natural—a simple proof that we are doing our duty, living daily and hourly in accord with God's will.

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January 28, 1911

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