In John the Baptist's announcement of the forthcoming Saviour, he says, "Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." These words are truly prophetic of our daily paper, The Christian Science Monitor. Mrs. Eddy refers to fan as the "separator of fable from fact" (Science and Health, p. 586), and does not this outline precisely what The Monitor is doing? It is sifting the evil from the good, garnering the good men do and rejecting the evil, and showing us that this same work must be done in our own consciousness. Christian Science is the truth which is baptizing us with the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and it not only separates fable from fact on our present plane of consciousness, but "gives action to thought" (Science and Health, p. 586), sets the world to thinking in the way of righteousness, prepares it for the kingdom of God and His Christ.

Every man, woman, and child can demonstrate the Christ-power today by spreading abroad our periodicals, working prayerfully for them, subscribing to them, distributing and reading them. No one can read our daily paper without gaining a sweeter, saner outlook upon the affairs of the world and a higher sense of his brother man. All honor and gratitude for the far-seeing wisdom that set in motion this fan which is separating from human consciousness all that does not minister to human need and express the nature and activities of the perfect man.

January 27, 1912

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