Christian Science is preaching the gospel of the Christ-healing, and is destined by its very nature to bring redemption to all nations. The opportunity to help in this work is a privilege to be not lightly esteemed; nay, more, it is an indispensable part of individual salvation, inasmuch as no one can obey the Master's commands and live for himself alone. The secret of the growth of Christian Science, if it can be said to have a secret, lies in the fact that it presents and demonstrates the truth about God, His absolute sovereignty and allness, and is therefore substantially meeting human need. To support such a movement obviously means, in its true sense, that we shall not participate in so-called evil, nor allow it to operate through us, but that we shall conform our thought and life wholly to the standard of good.

When Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science she freely devoted her life to the end that all humanity might share it with her. In turn it rests with each one who discerns and loves this truth to share his light with his neighbor, for to bring the kingdom of heaven to human consciousness is not the work of one man or of one woman, but of all mankind. Without some response in this direction, Mrs. Eddy could not have taken the progressive steps which have brought this movement to its present efficiency and world-wide proportions; but the work is only begun, and it devolves upon Christian Scientists to carry it on to completion. Until humanity wakens from its dream of a life separate from God, and human consciousness reflects only the divine, this work must continue and draw its support from the Master's true followers.

The cause of Christian Science, as has been well said, is the activity of Truth in the consciousness of Christian Scientists; hence the means of helping it are primarily and essentially mental and moral and consist of right states of thought. This cause will be prosperous only as Christian Scientists uplift the Christ-ideal in their own consciousness. So far as humanity is concerned, Christian Science is but a name except as viewed through the lives and conduct of its adherents. As stated in its text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, Christian Science is the revelation of Truth, and makes the Christ-power universally available, but it lies with Christian Scientists themselves to make it a living, regenerative force in human consciousness. Only through whole-hearted loyalty to its Principle, divine Love, can we support this cause, and add to its utility through the methods provided by our Leader, under divine guidance; for the establishment of Christian Science, she tells us, "as a permanent dispensation among men" (Science and Health, p. 150).

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March 29, 1913

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