"Blessed Are They That Mourn"

One who is grieving over the death of a treasured friend or relative may wonder how he can make practical Christ Jesus' beatitude (Matt. 5:4), "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Christian Science shows one how to do this. It helps one rise above the mortal senses, which present man as frail flesh, by revealing the spiritual man made in God's likeness.

This man is infinitely apart from matter and mortality but is known to spiritual sense. Being forced to seek this true understanding of man, the mourner is blessed and comforted. The veil of mortality is lifted in a measure, and he rejoices in a clearer view of immortal man.

When one glimpses the wonder of immortality, he is ready to take a longer view of life than that which the brief span of earthly existence affords. He sees human life as continuing after death until the individual is ready to put off mortality altogether. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 429), "Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies unseen by those who think that they bury the body." This conclusion must be reached by all who comprehend that mortals develop and control their own bodies and that the physical self represents an unspiritualized state of mind. The conclusion must also be reached that death is merely an incident in human existence and not the end of it. Spiritualization of thought alone can demonstrate eternal life, as the pattern set by Christ Jesus shows.

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