"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."

There is a gold mine of spiritual inspiration in that statement of purpose, "to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent." What is this Science? In her work, "Rudimental Divine Science," our Leader asks the very same direct question (p. 1), "How would you define Christian Science?" Her answer is equally direct and concise: "As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." It is evident, then, that this Science, the law of God, is forever "undivided." It is inseparable from God, the only Mind. It operates wherever God is, and God is omnipresent. Therefore it is impossible that God's law should be divided; it could not be valid in one place and not in another, be invoked by one nation and not by another, favor one individual and not another. To the extent we perceive the fact that the only law there is or can be proceeds from, is determined and maintained by God, infinite Mind, omnipresent Principle, we are able to interpret and demonstrate in our daily lives and contacts with the world at large "the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." It is grand to note that our Leader uses those words, "rule of universal harmony." This condition is not a dim and distant dream, but a spiritual fact here, now, and always. It is ours for proving.

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February 23, 1935

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