Calmness and Strength

An explorer, in describing a mighty Himalayan peak, says, "There is about Kinchinjunga the calm and repose of stupendous upward effort successfully achieved." Of the effect of such noble beauty upon the beholder he says: "A feeling of solemn elevation comes upon us, . . . and we seem purified also. Meanness, pettiness, paltriness seem to shrink away abashed at the sight of that radiant purity. It stirs us to achieve the highest in the spiritual, the earned repose of high achievement."

This description might well be applied to a beautiful life, a life that has been uplifted by tremendous effort for the good of mankind, and by a consistent abstention from selfish personal pleasure. True calm is the calm of strength, of right endeavor, not stagnation.

Mrs. Eddy, through great desire to bring spiritual emancipation to all mankind, worked unflaggingly to elucidate and propagate her system of spiritual healing for the world. Through unwearied struggle against an apathetic, even a hostile world, her journey to the heights of spiritual achievement was made through selfless love. Now thousands of people from all walks of life and of many nationalities look to her books in their winning effort to overcome sickness and sin, poverty and sorrow. She knew the spiritual elevation she had reached, and recognized what her discovery would mean to mankind.

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"The beauty of holiness"
March 25, 1933

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