A sense of humor is one of the most precious assets one...

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A sense of humor is one of the most precious assets one can possess. It is often an antidote to fear and worry, and usually lessens the strain and stress that seem to beset us when we take too seriously the problems of human experience. But in order to be real, humor must be constructive. Humor never wounds, never misrepresents. It is, in short, the recreation of right ideas, depicted by Mrs. Eddy on page 514 of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes: "Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness."

The average Christian Scientist is a humorist in the true sense of the word, for his jokes and jests are first censored by Principle. Truth and joy go hand in hand. But Christian Scientists may be pardoned for objecting to the loose manner in which their religion was referred to in a speech at the recent dinner of the Watertown Rotary Club. How could a man be "at ease while he has inflammatory rheumatism?" Christian Science is not stoicism or a fool's paradise. The only method it has of making one at ease is by removing the suffering that causes the uneasiness, and it does this in the most effectual manner. Christian Science is the Science of Christ, by which sin and disease are cast out, now as aforetime, by Truth; even that to which Jesus referred when he declared, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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