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Mary Baker Eddy states in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression, and the pride of power.” This triumvirate of selfish assertiveness is seen on small and large scales all around us. How do we obey this command? She states further, “Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.” (p. 451:2) Our solid grasp of Christianity will nullify whatever claims to take away our rights. For July, we are to renounce oppression wherever we see it, in the spirit of Christianity. The Reading Room thanks you. …

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We have all felt envy. It’s that uncomfortable feeling that someone has something you would like to have, but don’t. The prodigal son’s brother felt envy when his wayward brother returned and their father celebrated. When he complained to his father, he was told, “…Son, thou art ever with me. All that I have is thine.” (Luke 15:31) The older brother had forgotten that his father recognized his worth, valued him, and gave him all his love and every advantage. We, too, should remember that we are always cherished by our Father-Mother God, and there is no need to feel left out. Let’s use June to catch the moments when envy lingers in thought, and change it to gratitude. The Reading Room thanks you.…

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One might think that there are a variety of justifiable reasons for experiencing limited movement. There could be aches and pains related to age, disease, or injury, — just some of the numerous causes that are accepted and result in feeling these problems must be endured. But there is a spiritual recourse we may utilize to free ourselves from even the most daunting physical issue. We can heal any suggestion of stiffness or painful movement through understanding our God-given flexibility, strength, and ageless being gracefully expressed with freshness and vigor. By lifting thought upward, we experience not only mental nimbleness of infinite spiritual being, but also physical proof that we are whole. The Reading Room asks us to give specific attention to the idea of true movement this month.…

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