One of the most common complaints heard from students of Christian Science is that of lack of time. All too often is this argument of error used as a cloak to cover our negligence in reading and studying, not only our text-book, Science and Health, but the regular publications of the Publishing Society. Christian Scientists are awakening more and more to the fact that a knowledge of God and His unchanging laws is the one "pearl of great price," to obtain which our Master advised us to sell all that we have and purchase it.

In reply to the question as to how to progress most rapidly in Christian Science, our revered Leader tells us on page 495 of Science and Health, to "study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit." As aids to our study of the letter, as set forth in the Bible and Science and Health, our wise spiritual guide has given us the Journal, with its German sister, Der Herold, published monthly, the weekly Sentinel, and the daily Monitor. These publications, each filling different spheres and answering different needs, cover the field most completely. The comprehensiveness of our literature is an added proof of the divine guidance of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science in her God-appointed labor. It seems almost a necessity that we be supplied with the news of the day, and this is given us in the carefully edited columns of the Monitor. The Sentinel comes to us filled with bright and helpful thoughts for our daily work, while the stately Journal, the official publication of The Mother Church, is laden with the fruits of its contributors' lives and study. It is probably the well-nigh universal custom among students of Christian Science, upon receiving the various publications, to turn first to the editorial columns. As the editorials in the Monitor deal in an intelligent, impersonal, and therefore instructive manner with matters pertaining to the world's social, civil, and business relations and affairs, so do the editorials in the Sentinel and Journal meet the same needs in regard to problems in connection with our church and all other duties and activities. There is encouragement for us likewise in the extracts "From Our Exchanges," since these indicate clearly the change which is going on in the theological thought of the world, a transition from the oldtime narrowness of creed to the more liberal ideas with which Christian Science has leavened the thought of men.

Again, even though we ourselves are fully convinced that we have found the way to God and His heaven,—yea, though we are daily proving this in the healing of sickness and the destroying of sin,—still we often find inspiration for this healing work in the perusal of the pages devoted to "Testimonies of Healing." Gratitude is the open gate to God, and the overflowing of gratitude in these columns is meant for and will bless the older student of Christian Science as well as the one yet to be persuaded. The "Selected Articles" are well named, for they are select, indeed, and contain much of real practical value to the working Scientist—and there is no other kind.

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May 11, 1912

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