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Of this I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his capacity to heal the sick, to comfort such as mourn, and to awaken the sinner. —Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 230

This year the Journal invites readers to take a deep dive into some of the By-Laws in the Church Manual under the section “DISCIPLINE, Article VIII, Guidance of Members.” We hope this series  will encourage you to take a fresh look at the Manual, be inspired and guided by the divine direction it offers, and will lead you to share your insights about how these By-Laws and Rules enrich your life practice of Christian Science.
—The Editors

Awake to Love

From the August 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Alertness to Duty. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned. 

Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church, Article VIII, Section 6 

There is simply nothing like the feeling of actually experiencing the presence of God. It moves you from the numbing dullness of mortal existence to such an overwhelming sense of the actuality and aliveness of good that nothing seems capable of containing it. And the more you have that experience, the more you recognize it in others who have truly felt it, too. You can certainly feel it in many of the Bible’s accounts of healing. I’ve often felt it when listening to accounts of healing at Wednesday Christian Science testimony meetings.

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