In Dante's "Divine Comedy" we find these impelling and revealing words: "The quality of love stilleth our will, and maketh us long only for what we have, and giveth us no other thirst." The author was evidently aware of the altogether happifying and satisfying nature of pure love, its enrichment and fulfillment in human experience.

Through the understanding of Christian Science, we recognize this quality of love to be the direct showing forth of God, who is divine Love. Man, who is the expression of God's being, is the reflection of Love, God. As mankind seek to find and prove man's sonship with the Father, divine Love, they find they have all they need, and are satisfied. In fact, there is no better way of finding true satisfaction than by reflecting Love. The reason for this lies in the fact that spiritual love magnifies good and brings it into focus in individual human experience.

When longing and fulfillment coincide, there can be no void. In the light of Christian Science, one sees that the first step in finding satisfaction is to understand what belongs to him as an idea of God. What really constitutes man's inheritance? In Christ Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, as recorded in Luke's Gospel, we find the nature of this inheritance defined in these words of the father to his elder son (15:31): "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."

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June 14, 1958

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