The Power of Silence in Reading Rooms

"Visitors are requested to maintain silence in the Reading Room." This request or one similar is often placed conspicuously in Christian Science Reading Rooms. One pondering the deeper import of this admonition realized that it could well mean not only that there should be no talking or whispering, or other disquieting manifestation, but that erroneous thinking should also be silenced there.

It is the inevitable experience of the seeker for Truth to find the quiet atmosphere of the Reading Room promoting the silencing of material thinking and bringing to him in its stead sweet refreshment, inspiration, and healing. Prayerful study of the Bible and of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and other authorized Christian Science literature, which is always found in the Reading Rooms to be used freely, "without money and without price," lifts thought above mortal sense claims to reality; for, as it is forcefully stated in Science and Health (p. 495), the understanding thus gained "will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony."

"Where is the guestchamber?"
July 8, 1933

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