"Put thought into words"

On the first reading of a rule or precept in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, one may not appreciate its importance, but on careful study, one will find that no single rule or precept may safely be overlooked or neglected by those who would advance in the study and practice of Christian Science.

On page 341 of "Miscellaneous Writings" our Leader has written, "First purify thought, then put thought into words, and words into deeds." It is plain that purification of thought is necessary, since all purification must first occur there. It is also readily seen that such purification must then be manifested in deeds. But one may not at first see the necessity of putting "thought into words," although that step, for the advancement of the individual and of the Christian Science movement, is also important.

Following the Ark
June 22, 1929

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