Dark and stormy time? Let Christ show you light.

It was a dark and foggy day when Mary Baker Eddy was handed the first copy of the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor on November 25, 1908. Someone in her household remarked upon the weather. Mrs. Eddy’s quick response indicated she was looking beyond what the material senses were reporting. “Yes,” she said, “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” (Heather Vogel Frederick, Life at 400 Beacon Street, p. 329).

Just four months earlier, at the end of July, she had written to the Christian Science Board of Directors requesting that they start a daily newspaper. She then wrote to the Board of Trustees of The Christian Science Publishing Society on the same subject, saying, “Let there be no delay. The Cause demands that it be issued now” (Erwin D. Canham, Commitment to Freedom: The Story of The Christian Science Monitor, p. 23).

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