What a wonderful word is completeness! It signifies entireness and perfection, fulfillment and satisfaction, without deficiency, lack, or inability. That which is complete is one undivided and indivisible whole, to which nothing can be added, from which nothing can be taken, and which undergoes neither fluctuation nor variation. Completeness can neither be augmented nor be depleted. It neither wanes nor declines. It is as fixed as the Principle which it expresses. Paul wrote to the Corinthians (II Cor. 9:8), "God is able to make all grace, abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." To always have all sufficiency and abound to every good work is to abide in the conscious certainty of adequacy and success.

Humanity toils and toils to achieve completeness in whatever it undertakes, yet all too often its efforts end in disillusionment and failure. This is because human reason assumes an existence separate from God and from this erroneous premise strives for self-improvement. Christian Science refutes and disproves material sense at every point. It reveals God's allness and all-inclusiveness and the invariable perfection of that which He expresses.

In her book "Retrospection and Introspection," in an article worthy of careful study entitled "The Great Revelation," Mary Baker Eddy draws the sharp distinction between Science and material sense. Here she writes (p. 60), "Science reveals Life as a complete sphere, as eternal, self-existent Mind; material sense defines life as a broken sphere, as organized matter, and mind as something separate from God." Even as the rainbow viewed from the altitude of the clouds is seen as a complete circle, while from the earth it appears as a broken fragment, so Christian Science reveals the unbroken continuity and self-completeness of being.

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May 8, 1948

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