I have given the name to all the Christian Science periodicals. The first was The Christian Science Journal, designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth; the second I entitled Sentinel, intended to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love; the third, Der Herold der Christian Science, to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth; the next I named Monitor, to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent. The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.

—Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353

Why should a person diagnosed as having an incurable disease read a Christian Science magazine?

Sometimes when things seem bleakest, you need a friend. For my family, that friend was the Sentinel.

Decades ago, my grandmother was suffering with a painful neurological condition pronounced incurable by the doctors she consulted. At the same time, my mother—a teenager at the time—was told by specialists that she would lose her sight within a few months. Both women were healed by the radical spiritual ideas they found in the pages of the Sentinel.

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