One of the most far-reaching of the activities established by our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, was that of the periodicals which are the organs of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Each was brought into being by Mrs. Eddy for a specific purpose, to meet a definite need, and was given its name by her. In the Manual of The Mother Church she provides for their publication, editing, and protection. She also provides for their acceptance and use by members of her Church when she states in Article VIII, Section 14, "It shall be the privilege and duty of every member, who can afford it, to subscribe for the periodicals which are the organs of this Church."

Knowing that these periodicals would be of tremendous value to every student of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy wisely removed all necessity for making human decisions as to whether or not one should subscribe for them. We can be unceasingly grateful to our Leader for this loving requirement, for as we progress in Science we realize that we cannot afford to be without these inspiring messengers of Truth. Workers on literature distribution committees can always rejoice, therefore, that the supply is definitely and permanently established. If at any time there seems to be an inadequate supply of periodicals to be used in the work, the truth should be affirmed and realized that man is a spiritual idea, always obedient to divine Principle, God, and always active in expressing Truth. The fact should be realized that man is not a mortal, deceived by error's arguments of lack, but an immortal, ever alert to Mind's mandates.

The loyal student of Christian Science has an abundant supply of that love which, not content with keeping the good contained in the periodicals for himself alone, wishes to share it with others through the literature distribution activity of his church. If he feels inclined to keep certain issues, this is permissible. But he can also know that just as fresh manna was supplied to the children of Israel each day in the wilderness, so the Bible, the works of our Leader, and the current periodicals will always supply the inspiration he may need in his daily experiences.

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January 16, 1954

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