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Seed sowing

From the June 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In print, on the Web, and via e-mail, millions of individuals come into contact with The Christian Science Monitor and other publications of The Christian Science Publishing Society each month. But then what? Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed might provide an answer (see Mark 4:1–20). Some articles are only glanced at. Some are read but are soon forgotten amid “the cares of this world.” But often thought is stirred. As a result, the spiritually minded might pray. Others might think more deeply, share what they’ve read with those they know, and even do something to help.

At the Monitor, which now reaches more than 10 million people a month, we pay attention to all feedback and learn from constructive criticism. We often hear from thinkers, sharers, and doers, some of whom are having their first encounter with the words “Christian Science.” Here is what a few have recently told us:

Mary Baker Eddy established the Monitor “to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353). The root of “to spread” is “to sow.” From the level of a short news story to a soul-searching metaphysical essay, the message of hope published by the Monitor and other organs of The Mother Church stands ready to help humanity break the thrall of sin, disease, and death. Each publication might touch thought in a different state of readiness to receive it. And who knows where that might lead? Whether it is the “Christian Science Perspective” article in the Monitor or links on that invite readers into articles on JSH-Online, the opportunity for deeper engagement is always available.

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