One of the autumn days most enjoyed by everyone in some colleges in the eastern part of the United States is Mountain Day. No one knows when it is going to be, except that it is always on a beautiful day. There is a great air of expectancy as the autumn colors begin to brighten. At some colleges the day is announced by the ringing of the chapel bell early in the morning. On Mountain Day students, faculty, and staff all have a holiday. It is a day for outdoor sports and recreation.

Not everyone lives in a locality where he can climb a mountain physically. But all of us are able to climb a mountain spiritually. Even though we are able to do this, we need to push ourselves a little now and then to be sure that we are climbing higher and not just standing still. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 511): "To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aëriform. Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas." To climb a mountain spiritually, then, means to reach up to and to attain "solid and grand ideas." This lifting up of our thinking requires a very definite effort on our part.

Spiritual climbing means that when we are tempted to believe that our neighbor—anyone who comes into our thought, not just the man next door—is sick, crippled, selfish, mean, extravagant, or unfair, our work is to rise above this suggestion and see him as in reality perfect, complete, unselfish, kind, wise, and just. We must see our neighbor as he really is—man created in God's image and likeness—and not as a mortal.

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August 25, 1956

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