Rare indeed is the individual who has not longed for a nobler, more beautiful life. The loveliness of nature and the exquisite forms of art, literature, and music awaken in mankind an earnest desire to understand and express beauty more fully.
The human heart finds its need for beauty satisfied in Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy loved beauty and expressed it in the harmony of her life. She realized, however, that earth's beauty and grandeur are not in themselves the reality, but the promise of Spirit's perfect, imperishable radiance.
Our Leader taught her followers that only through attaining a clearer understanding of God and man could they find the true, spiritual concept of beauty which would exalt their lives. Mrs. Eddy writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 132), "Divine Love hath opened the gate Beautiful to us, where we may see God and live, see good in good,— God all, one,—one Mind and that divine; where we may love our neighbor as ourselves, and bless our enemies."