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From the May 1958 issue of The Christian Science Journal

THE Annual Meeting of The Mother Church assembles this year at a critical period in the history of the world, yet one filled with unlimited opportunities for blessing mankind. Great is the challenge to every member of the Church to examine himself —his motives and desires—to see whether or not he is practicing his religion consistently. Works as well as words characterize the true Christian Scientist and forward his own progress and safety as well as the progress and safety of his fellow men.

In "Miscellaneous Writings," Mary Baker Eddy tells us (p. 294): "A real Christian Scientist is a marvel, a miracle in the universe of mortal mind. With selfless love, he inscribes on the heart of humanity and transcribes on the page of reality the living, palpable presence—the might and majesty! —of goodness. He lives for all mankind, and honors his creator."

Today the Christian Scientist's place and work in the world are of utmost importance. He is in the position of the poor wise man described in the Old Testament (Eccl. 9: 14, 15) who lived in a small city with few inhabitants. When a great king came and besieged it with armaments, the poor wise man by his wisdom saved the city. And although he was soon forgotten, the city remained as an evidence of the man's work.

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