From the Field

[Extracts from the Chairman's address at a "Monitor Meeting" held in Frankfurt a/M, Germany, November 1, 1934 (translation)]

When our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, discovered Christian Science, she saw at once its world-wide import. So she mediated on the means of making this truth accessible to everyone. Later she developed the organization of The Mother Church with its branches and its periodicals, and, as a far-reaching instrument for the spreading of the knowledge of the truth, established her daily newspaper. The Christian Science Monitor. This paper is an organ of our Church, and we all must support it by our mental work, as well as by taking the human footsteps which this work implies. We must esteem and love it as the gift of our Leader, so that it may become that instrument which she beheld, and that it may find its way to everyone. Then will it bring to all peoples an understanding of the true brotherhood of man through the knowledge of the allness of good, and of man at one with God.

The Monitor has now won the esteem of many nations, as was made clear from the congratulatory messages sent to our paper on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary. These included one by Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, Editor of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official organ of the N. S. D. A. P. I have already read to you this message at a previous meeting; today I can read you something which was said at a meeting of the Science of Journalism Society in Hamburg, and which was published on August 4, 1934, in a newspaper under the title "Study of the Foreign Press": "In Hamburg the study of the foreign press as a branch of research stands very much in the foreground. Last evening's lecture was devoted to this subject, and was worked out and studied by the students' circle. The chairman spoke on the subject: 'The Christian Science Monitor as a standard publication.' He made it clear to German listeners that this international newspaper must in no wise be taken lightly, as if it were a limited organ of a religious movement, but contrariwise must be considered as being one of the very few newspapers in the world which in their contents and spiritual standing express real worth and high quality. It is a universal paper, whose readers, in spite of a relatively small circulation, range from the simple workman to the statesman. It is distinguished by its clean journalism and its disregard of sensationalism and business lucre. The chairman further explained point by point this paper's structure and its editorial organization."

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Invitation and Promise
April 13, 1935

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