The establishment of the Lesson-Sermons as published in the Christian Science Quarterly may be considered one of the important foundation stones in the educational system of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In studying these lessons daily, students of Christian Science read references from the Bible and from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Mrs. Eddy chose twenty-six subjects for the Lesson-Sermons. These appear twice during the year, although each lesson is always presented from a fresh, inspirational viewpoint and is often startlingly applicable to current events. There is also a Thanksgiving lesson, which appears in the October-November-December issue of the Quarterly.

Sometimes new students of this religion say they do not grasp the meaning of the lesson as they feel that they should. They have misgivings lest the metaphysical truths set forth may be beyond their comprehension. Yet it would be well-nigh impossible to study and ponder the truths read each day in the Lesson-Sermon without consciously or unconsciously making these verities one's own through increased understanding and practice and thus being purified.

Mrs. Eddy must have realized the effort it might take to change one's thinking from a material basis to a spiritual comprehension of metaphysical truths. She writes in Science and Health (p. 558) : "To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth's prism and praise."

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February 26, 1955

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