"An International Daily Newspaper"

The Christian Science Monitor —An International Daily Newspaper." Such is the title that appears on the front page of our daily newspaper. Perhaps many of us see those words so regularly that we are apt to glance at them thoughtlessly, to take them for granted, just as we may take for granted the rising of the sun or the flowing of a river. Yet that title deserves pondering. Its words are worth weighing and defining, that the reasons and purposes behind them may be more clearly revealed to us.

The first step in this process is to find what Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has written on the subject. Turning to one of her books, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 353), we find the answer in two terse sentences. Here is reprinted an extract from an editorial from her pen, which appeared in the first issue of the Monitor about twenty-seven years ago. After interpreting the names she had given to the Christian Science periodicals previously established, she writes of the daily newspaper which she had just given to the world, "The next I named Monitor, to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent." Having thus explained its name, she continues with a wonderfully broad statement of its mission, unique in the history of newspapers: "The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind."

February 23, 1935

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