In the book of Isaiah the prophet has written (61:1, 3): "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; ... to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."

This comforting statement expresses the healing promise of Christian Science. It expresses the spirit of love which prompts Christian Scientists to present the message of the Christ, Truth, to the heavy-laden, to the poor, the sick, and the sinner. Awakened spiritual sense and sincere receptivity to good are all that is needed to open the door of consciousness to the waiting Christ.

The impulses of compassion and love and the desire to heal those whose lives have been distorted by sin and crime have found expression in the Christian Science church services and other activities conducted by our churches in various public institutions. Experience has shown that this type of activity should be developed conservatively and conducted with the greatest wisdom. While having a legitimate place in the benevolent and healing mission of Christian Science, institutional work as a church activity should naturally be kept in right proportion to the other church activities. To be successful, it must be kept on a sane, well-grounded basis of Principle.

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May 3, 1952

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