"The Monitor ... keeps one informed ... and it enhances one's abilities to minister to mankind"
In these days of fast-moving events it is essential that people, if they are to be well informed, maintain familiarity with important world occurrences as well as the background surrounding them. Failure to do so deprives them of knowledge and understanding with which they can contribute to the progress and welfare of humanity. But by being familiar with world events, they become aware of the practical problems current in the culture and activities of the various segments of world society. The basic knowledge of the world's problems, at home and abroad, is an important step toward helping to solve them.
Those who are interested in the progress of mankind toward a more stable society follow avidly the rapidly changing situations in the world about us. Likewise, students of Christian Science feel a special urge to follow rapidly changing conditions as they witness the desire of mankind to be free, to enjoy increased opportunities, and to seek moral and spiritual advancement.
Leaders of thought and action in the evolution of society, and in the constantly changing pattern of progress, require practical understanding of peoples in order to be genuinely helpful in bringing about improved social and economic conditions.
The advancement of mankind depends upon the education, the intellectual development, the cultural progress, and especially the spiritual understanding, of individuals. Mrs. Eddy impressed upon her students the necessity for being alert to humanity's needs and knowing its attitudes and aspirations.
Such individual attainment requires a range of reading and study that is wide rather than restricted. No individual or group can live unto itself and still contribute in large measure to the needs of others.
The ministry of Christ Jesus took into account the prevailing conditions of the times, including the general beliefs and attitudes of the public. On one occasion when some of his detractors tempted him by asking him to show them a sign of his heavenly power, he rebuked them for not being aware of the signs of the times, although they were able to forecast the weather. The Master's words were (Matt. 16: 3): "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
And Mrs. Eddy states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 317), "The hour has struck for Christian Scientists to do their own work; to appreciate the signs of the times; to demonstrate self-knowledge and self-government; and to demonstrate, as this period demands, over all sin, disease, and death."
In recognizing the signs of the times in terms of mankind's needs, Mrs. Eddy established in 1908 a daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor. Her purpose was to carry the healing message of Christian Science to all people and to bring enlightenment to the darkness of confusion and misunderstanding in a world steeped in mesmeric materialism. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" she states its purpose thus (p. 353): "The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind."
For over fifty years the Monitor has faithfully performed this mission by publishing the significant news of the world with objective understanding and without distortion or sensationalism. The Monitor's staff of highly qualified writers and specialists in every field has made it one of the world's truly great newspapers. Professional journalists regularly rate the Monitor as one of the top newspapers of the nation.
It has been the writer's experience over the years that regular readers of the Monitor derive from it a comprehensive familiarity with the important news of the world at home and abroad, with the significant signs of the times, and with the spiritual growth and needs of mankind. Among other things its pages contain interpretive editorials, humor, business matters, and cultural discourses. Its daily religious article carries helpful spiritual messages and is indeed leaven in the loaf of spiritual growth.
All in all, the Monitor goes a long way toward providing the basis for an intellectual, cultural, and spiritual understanding applicable to the problems awaiting solution. Thus this great newspaper keeps one informed regarding the ever-changing problems and progress of the world, and it enhances one's abilities to minister to mankind.
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