"To lighten mankind"

"The Monitor needs to be read from the standpoint of its exalted mission"

One of the objectives of The Christian Science Monitor is "to lighten mankind." In his book, "Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy," Irving C. Tomlinson gives a tender account of this objective as stated by Mrs. Eddy on the day the first test copy of this newspaper was handed to her for examination. He recalls that on that eventful morning, in response to a remark by one of her household that to sense it was a dark morning, she replied (p. 107): "Yes, but only according to sense. We know the reverse of error is true. This, in truth, is the lightest day of all days. This is the day when our daily paper goes forth to lighten mankind...!"

Put Yourself in the Picture
November 4, 1961

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