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Isaiah's prophetic words, "Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people," are of profound significance at the present time, as is the reason which supports the call to action, namely, "that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it."

That The Christian Science Monitor represents a spiritual idea is not perhaps always recognized, even by professed Christian Scientists; and yet this is the viewpoint we must get if we are to help it to "preach the gospel to every creature." Among all the activities of the Christian Science movement there is perhaps no channel for the dissemination of the truth through which greater good to mankind at large can be accomplished than this clean daily newspaper. That it is a manifestation of Truth's activity means little or nothing to the world, for the world measures all things by material standards, and the success of a newspaper, according to such standards, is the material outcome of dollars and cents as computed in circulation or contracts for advertising space. The Christian Scientist, however, measuring all things by the standard of perfection, is looking for a higher ideal than the material, and therefore sees in the Monitor an ideal in Mind seeking expression.

If it were possible to describe this daily newspaper in a word-picture which would be adequate in fixing its beauty and perfection in the thought of those who read it, whether in the workshop, the office, or the home, then we might hope to convey something of Mrs. Eddy's conception of its importance to the world. Her prophetic vision must have seen the perfect Monitor going out over the world like Malachi's figure of the "Sun of righteousness . . . with healing in his wings."

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Overcoming Laziness
November 4, 1916

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