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THE APOSTOLIC AGE

Nevertheless, as he went to and fro through the City looking for work, no one would take him, because, as they would say, "You said before you had sworn off and w r ould never drink again. We cannot trust you. It required fortitude and strength of character to abide by it. But he knew enough of the prin- ciples of Truth to wait and trust. He took the old position, where he remained many years after, until he finally went into business for himself. Fill the heart and mind with desire to serve, regard- less of whether there be recognition of your value, or just recompense for your good work, and there will gather within you a rich quality, which can always be sensed by a man of large outlook, making him respect your appli- cation even when ignoring ordinary demands.

A successful man in Vancouver, who was attending a Prosperity Course which I was giving in that city, fur- nished me with an example of the success of this method in his own experience as an employer: A few days be- fore, as he was loading, or rather superintending the loading, as stevedore, of a great number of barges with lumber, two men came to him, one after the other, ask- ing for work. It was not uncommon, and would have passed by unnoticed, as he told them he had all the men he wanted, but for two incidents. The first was, that each did the same thing though strangers to each other.

After receiving the short, quick dismissal of the stevedore, who was exceedingly busy with a "rush" order, the first man went and sat on a pile of lumber to watch the workers ; the second did the same thing, sitting down near the first one. As a great load was being swung around by a der- rick, it began slipping, and the stevedore shouted for the other men to come to the rescue. Some were excited, some were slow, and as the stevedore called for more, the man' who had been second to ask him for work, sprang forward w T ith the rest, and gave his best, not only then, but continued working on for the rest of the day.

At the close of the day, the stevedore touched him on the shoul- der, and said, "Come tomorrow, my man, I want men like you! Further points to be considered in obtaining employ- ment, will be brought out in our next lesson, which will also be devoted to the way out of debt, and aiding others to pay their indebtedness to us. Through all the success that comes to us in our worldly business, let us never forget that we came to this earth on one Special Errand alone, and, in as much as we accomplish that charge, are we really successful.

Truly there is but one Business in all God's world, that is, to prove our own divinity, and the Godhood of the whole race, in proving that God is All there really is. Freedom from Debt. Owe no man anything but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Wherever there is a sense of indebtedness there also is honor ; and where honor abides, wealth and power are near at hand, for in Spirit they are never separated: "Both riches and honor come of thee and thou reignest over all ; and in thy hand is power and might ; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all," 1 Chron.

And so surely as a debtor gets understanding, by which he can keep his trust as well as his honor, he will never be harassed by his creditors, nor be brought to shame or want. It is a matter of wonderment to some people that they are trusted so implicitly by their creditors. Yet the rea- son is simple. Men are continually reading each other's thoughts, and when there is a determination to do right by one's neighbor, this state of mind is written upon the face and in the actions, as well as radiating through the aura, and if the creditor will but trust his impressions his debtor then becomes simply a good investment.

As that wise Jew, Paul, declared — and a spiritual Jew is a masterly financier — the key to freedom from debt is Love that seeks the good of his neighbor first, last and always. The truly rich are those who have plenty to spend, and spend that plenty, not those who have plenty to save, and save it. The miser is not rich. The prodigal is nearer to prosperity, even in his ignorance, than the thrifty who never learns to spend.

Perfect love casts out fear as to one's continuance in prosperity, and guides one into the Way where indebted- ness is no burden, but a convenient and harmonious ar- rangement, where each is benefited, and each is sure of the outcome. But the debts that we made in folly and selfishness, that hang over us like a pall, and drag upon us from the past, so that there seems no deliverance!

What of these? And those that, it would seem, could only be paid with a life-time of labor, and yet no prospect of funds lies ahead of us? In the prayer which Jesus gave to his disciples, as a pattern, we have this law, embedded in the words, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Let us consider the mental philosophy of "forgiving our debtors," so that they may be helped to pay us, if not with money, by something valuable to us.

It may be revealed to us that an old score in some former existence has been bal- anced, and they really owe us nothing. People often keep others from paying them, because of mentally harassing their debtors. They wonder with indignation why so and so does not pay that bill, and per- haps they talk him or her over with a mutual acquaint- ance, until, if character w r ere clothes, he would not have a rag to his back.

Perhaps one hears that the debtor is spending money freely — buying luxuries — and the rumor adds fuel to the flames. In the meantime the debtor is exceedingly uncom- fortable every time the thought of that creditor comes into mind, and he shuns him. If he sees him coming, he will cross the street, or in some way avoid a meeting. He may even hate him. Finally, he succeeds in so dismissing that creditor from his mind that, when he is ready to pay his debts, that one does not come into mind at all.

This sense of uncomfortableness is also the reason why one who has received a favor of money loaned, is so often not a good friend after that — the burden of obligation chafes him. If, because of Truth, you will not think evil of your debtor, that he is dishonest, or untrue, or selfish, or weak, or poverty-stricken, but will hold him in his noble, hon- orable, true being, you will easily and happily come into his mind, just at the right time, with the desire to do the right thing by you, and also the ability. This was liter- ally demonstrated in the experience of a lady, a student of Truth, who, among many others, had loaned a man a sum of money who made a failure in the venture, in which all the money had been sunk.

He left the town, followed by anathemas from all his creditors but this lady. She kept her mind upon his true self, and whenever the subject of his delinquencies was broached, she never spoke against him, but always, "He will pay me. I have no fear. But the lady soon received a letter with the full amount of her loan in it, and the words, "You have never said one word against me, and so I pay you first.

The others can wait. She forgave or gave-for the false ap- pearance of fraud, the true thought of the Real Man, with the result of proving that what she declared was true.

Our debts are forgiven us by the same process of the Law of the Good — substituting freedom-from-all-in- debtedness for the former bondage ; and healing the cause, our weakness or ignorance and bringing forward our good judgment and insight. With the new mind, many errors fall away, that have not been seen as errors, although their basis was some lim- itation, or belief in evil. Thus one ceases to hold back money from fear, or save it up for "a rainy day. There should be no waiting for others to pay us be- fore we will consider paying our debts.

Pride and conventionality are displaced, and debts may be paid in very small sums at a time, and inspiration guides us as to whom payment should be made first. Sometimes a hard thought is being held against one, so that it is like a curse, preventing the free flow of one's blessings. A true step taken may relieve the whole situ- ation. A dollar paid to a man who thinks what you owe him is a bad debt, may relieve a congestion in the thought- causes back of your affairs.

She resolved to put aside her pride and fixed ideas of how he should be paid, and send him a dollar at a time until the debt was cancelled. After mailing a letter of apology enclosing the dollar, she received a most cordial reply full of protestations that she did not owe him any- thing, begging her to dismiss all thought about it, as she had paid him many times more than that amount in pupils, to whom she had recommended him.

The at- tempt she had made w T ell repaid her; for not only was the debt cancelled, but the expression of appreciation that she received was a surprise and a delight, as she had not considered the favor she was doing him, but only the benefit she was conferring on those who became his pupils. Through meditating on the divine desire within you to bless your neighbors, there will rise a joy in paying them.

Also, a faith that others enjoy paying you, and you will not dread, nor hate, to present a bill. Sometimes letters and other papers are so embued with the false thoughts which are held when they were being prepared, that they come like a blow, or an insult, and quite miss their intention. An illustration of this fact was given me by a member of one of my classes : Miss M.

Feeling it to be thoughtless on the part of her patient to wait for a bill, and with a combination of resentment, impatience and indignation, she sat down and wrote the bill and mailed it. Now the lady was generous and just, and also a good student of Truth. If she had not been, Miss M.

Then I remembered my principles, and instantly I knew that those were your feelings about me, and I had been reflecting them, and I immediately came down here to pay you. Be careful, young lady, what you think, when you send out bills! Unless there is the true supreme assurance from within, that the money to pay such debts is already on the way, it is better to fast and pray until such assurance come, than to put oneself to too great a test. The demonstra- tion of faith is not the venturing into debts, but the reali- zation of the means to meet debts, even before they are contracted.

In accordance with the statement given in our last lesson, I will herewith give some further thoughts about obtaining employment. Keep well in mind the understanding that you are no mere machine, but always a brother, and a fellow- man — a sister and a member of God's family. There is nothing so interesting to personalities as personality, and especially a personality that is also interested in person- alities.

Approach those from whom you expect favors with interest in your face, that has sprung from com- muning with the Spirit within them, and whether the favor be granted or not, take the decision as from the Spirit at that moment — not necessarily final — and so maintain a high standard of respect between you. It will not be forgotten and next time you apply, it will be easier to get into the "good graces" of the one in power.

Some good advice was given to a young man, who had been spending days looking for work, until he was greatly discouraged. It is this. Never again approach an employer with that gloomy face. Smile, look cheerful and you'll succeed. As he kept thinking upon cheerfulness, and smilingly re- ceived one refusal after another, he grew light-hearted until, at the last place he applied — a coal yard — as the same old answer was given him, he turned and went through the yard whistling a merry tune.

The man called him back. I like such men round me. Come here tomorrow, and I think I can make a place for you. Never expect to succeed by appealing to another's pity or sympathy ; nor by bringing forward your need or lack, weakness or ignorance. Let your main thought ever be, "How can I serve you? Richness should circu- late through our affairs as air does in the lungs. Nothing succeeds so well as success; nothing pros- pers so well as prosperity ; therefore never put on a "poor mouth.

The Lord [Prosperity] loveth a cheerful giver. Do not save up for a "rainy day" ; for they will come as long as you prepare for them. Money must not be clutched. It loves freedom. Carry yourself as one who owns the earth, for you do. Business instinct is spiritual intuition applied to af- fairs.

Get into the current of the stream of Prosperity and your boat will be carried along all right without inter- fering with your neighbor. The Rich Mentality. Lay up for yourselves treasures iu heaven. They shall prosper that love thee. Then shalt thou prosper if thou takest heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments.

Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord that ye cannot prosper? Acquaint now thyself with him and be at peace: thereby shall good come unto thee. Eeceive I pray thee the law from his mouth and lay up his words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty thou shalt be built up. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense and thou shalt have plenty of silver. Riches are primarily a state of mind and not a mat- ter of accumulation of money or things. Having a rich mind will necessarily be represented by plenty of the world's goods, either in possession, or at command; but to have millions, and to lack the fertility of mind to place them, is to be like the mule that bears rich ore on his back out of the mine — he knows only the burden of it and none of the richness.

Paupers in mind, they cannot recognize riches when they stare them in the face. Therefore the wisdom of the great Philosopher of Life: Seek first to be rich towards God and let the earthly riches follow. For then is the problem taken hold of at the right end, at its source, and one escapes the folly of so many poor ones who have put the cart before the horse, seeking riches first and the spiritual life last. Everyone who comes into -the world has a rich aura, the gift of his heavenly Father — it is his "living" from the Source of all wealth. Most of us seem to have been prod- igal sons, letting our rich consciousness be frittered away by the delusions of sense, until we find ourselves bound to mortality, and far from happiness, heaven, our home.

But we know that even then, if we only remember and "come to ourselves," we can return to the rich conscious- ness by keeping our face steadily towards our Father's house, that is, "seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Its thoughts of goodness are the reality of gold; its consciousness of freedom lies back of the silver; its purity is the substance of the diamond and all its virtues are portrayed in the gems of the earth.

Its life fructifies the very soil, its beauty and grace determine the forms of fruit and flower. Its culture pictures forth in the arts of man, according to what development man has given himself towards that Rich Mentality. As long as man looks outside himself for all the causes of his fortune or misfortune, he does not find this law of thought and feeling, by which he may be pros- pered.

In man's attitude towards this Rich Mentality, which is in truth his Divine Mind, lies the explanation of many an unusual experience in his life. Crops have been delivered from pests, and also protected, so that a blight or frost or other enemy could not harm them. Illustrat- ing this, a story was told the writer by a student, about his father, who had a remarkable proof that a "praying man" comes under divine protection, even in his fields.

This gentleman said that his father, Mr. They bought seed together, ploughed and sowed at the same time. When the time came to gather the potatoes, the farmers found that a potato disease called "dry-rot," which appeared that year for the first time in England, had attacked every tuber, making almost a total loss to each farmer but Mr.

For when he turned over the soil in the two long rows of hillocks, not one potato in the whole of his tract had been touched. This made a very deep impression upon all the country round, especially as Mr. All that one puts his hand to comes into this Divine Aura, and if a man consciously, or unconsciously, co- operates with it and fulfills its laws, that will take place, that is written Ps.

If it seems unyielding as to prosperity, then it is not recognized and cultivated. It may be like a wilderness, full of weeds, yet yielding a cer- tain increase. Such are the fields of the spendthrift, the sordid and the care-ridden. Perhaps it is unwatered, like the Great American Desert, which has been proven to be so fertile when well irrigated.

Then ignorance of this great law of prosperity is the cause, or a forgetting the truth about oneself, one's source and powers. The desire in the heart of a man to be self-support- ing and independent is because such is the divine inten- tion. The revelation of this inner eternal supply estab- lishes the consciousness of endless prosperity.

Richness circulates through the body of one's affairs, as air in the body of flesh. And as, through intelligence and power, one controls the breath, so should the welfare of our circumstances be subject to our mind. A lady in Southern California realized this power of control once, to the great advantage of an important crop. Her home was in the midst of a large orange grove which was then in full bearing, and promising a fine revenue that winter, with which they hoped to recuperate their fortune, and once more be on their feet.

She had a neighbor whose financial history had been almost identi- cal with her own, for both, with their husbands, had invested in adjoining lands, planted and raised orange trees, which had already yielded several crops. But the neighbor did not believe in the power of mind, but scoffed and antagonized so much, that the lady ceased to refer to the Truth and its powers in her presence. One night a report was carried through the town, that they were liable to have a black frost before morn- ing, and that every man had better "smudge" and so save his orchard.

Now it so happened that the hus- bands of both ladies were away. The neighbor came in wringing her hands and crying, "What shall we do! No one to help us — we cannot do it alone — our crop will be ruined! After the neighbor returned, she walked the floor trying to calm herself with Truth, repeating over statements as to the allness of good, and the nothingness of evil, in every variety of declaration, that came to her.

Presently her faithfulness was rewarded. She remembered what her teacher had said, as to the power of Mind to go forth and heal the plants, and she spoke aloud : "God can pro- tect my orchard! An impression came to her of her orchard, being covered over, as with a great canvas, and she lay down upon her pillow and slept like a child until morning. The black frost came, and every orchard, that had not been smudged, came woefully under the blight. Every orchard but that of Mrs. It was a nine-days wonder and many w r ere the con- gratulations.

She was young in the thought, and told no one of her prayers, although her neighbor suspected the source of her victory, for she never again scoffed at her belief. Lift up your mind, get hold of the Spirit, throw off those mean feelings as you would shake off the flakes of snow before entering a warm room. Practice repeating words of cheer and spiritual promises, and meditate upon the very opposite thoughts to those that drag you down, until there comes an inner change. And the longer it takes you, the more should be your persistence — the fact of its taking so long shows how sadly you needed the practice.

Remove the curse from that unrented house, by mentally filling it with loving, attractive thoughts, changing its atmosphere from that deadening, repelling character that people feel, even as they approach a place, making them decide against it before examining it. Read Isaiah 35 and to 9 and 65 to 25 and give your mind and heart to the fairest pictures of concord and harmony that they raise. You are not building up this Rich Mentality. It is already there in all its fullness and perfection. It is your part to uncover it, to co-operate with it, to believe in it.

Then like the lilies of the field, the law that is within you can operate and draw your own to you. We perpetually remember that the one who is pros- pered by a knowledge of Truth brings prosperity to the whole earth, for he draws heaven into the earth, and Love is the law of his life, causing him ever to lead his fellow-beings to the same law within themselves that he has found in himself.


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And now is the time and here is the place that we prove ourselves the masterful Word of the Almighty, pressing the King- dom of Heaven into the earth, until poverty shall be known no more, nor any poor, but all shall come to their thrones, glorified Sons and Daughters of the Most High.

The second consists of a meditation to read, letting the ideas sink into the heart, and bring forth original observations, of which the student should make notes in a convenient note-book. The third is the Treatment w T hich is to be read for oneself, as though the Inner Voice was uttering the words, and our spiritual reason confirming them. The Treatments proper always begin with Listen to Me! Not only read them for yourself, but silently read them to others, who are feeling stress in their circum- stances.

Be orderly in this, and write dow r n the names of those whom you are treating, and the times of treat- ment. And seek to realize what you are saying to them. In giving these treatments to yourself or to others, pause w T ith impressive realization at each mark, and if the Word is doing its w r ork, there will come a definite feeling of power and satisfaction, both to the healer and the one being healed. Even though this feeling does not come at first, the Truth in the words will do the work, often to the sur- prise of the young student, whose faith is weak or un- developed.

Missionaries give the first two years of their noviate — almost all the waking hours of each day — to learning the language of those whom they have come to save. The human mind seems slow. Let us possess ourselves in patience and in due time we shall reap. In the Quiet of the Home The real Home of each one of us is Heaven and the bitter home-sickness of so many of the race will never be healed until Heaven is found within. For the longing of men and women for a spot that they can call "home" is but a form of spiritual home- sickness. And the Student of Truth is wise who will not seek the healing of that malady through acquiring the outer home, for, without the conscious union with Heaven within, they will only acquire burdens with the house, that they desire to be their home.

But by developing the home-realization within, every place where they shall relax and spend the quiet hours of their lives, will be a happy nest — a sheltering abode — drawing others with its home-charm, as well as express- ing their own deep, holy peace. In the quiet of your abiding place, be it a flat or a garret, farm-house or hotel, bungalow or hall-bedroom, radiate the richness of your Soul, until the transforma- tion of your room, will reveal the achievement of your true thoughts. Never take the worries of your business into the family life.

Take your faith there, when you consult your loved ones as to your affairs. The only connec- tion, that there should be between your business and your home, is that of spiritual cheer and an abiding scientific optimism. Hold your peace forever! There is a Highway of Prosperity — the King's High- way — the road up the Mountain of supreme success, that has an easy grade, where the travel is ever smooth, and where they that walk therein know no more worry or fear, or strife or hard times, or slavish work or failure.

They live and let live, and they are consciously secure, forever, from all sense of deprivation or lack. The uniiistructed follow by-paths in seeking their wealth, where there is much stumbling and blindness of chance, where burdens pile up, but the travellers never reach the heights.

All these sidetracks end in gullies and pits, for all that is gained must eventually be given up. Men enter them as short-cuts to wealth, and though some of them cross the real Road, so intoxicated are these wanderers, that they know not the Way even when their feet press its fair track, long miles at a time. The right view of Prosperity as God's own presence, not to be refused or despised, but to be seen as the legiti- mate expression of the spiritual life, comes to "the man whose eyes are open," and he seeks understanding so as to think and feel, speak and act according to the Law that operates, to make bodies healthy and circum- stances wealthy, as one and the same work.

Listen to me! Noth- ing. Prosperity Begins at Home Every household can prove itself a center for the expression of God's prosperity, no matter how small its beginnings may be. As a mighty oak is but a spindling twig at first, but, through faith in itself, and the loving encouragement and protection of nature, becomes the tower of strength, that is the admiration of all that behold it, so one's spiritual demonstration of prosperity may seem a weakling at first. But, if you temper the winds of fierce race-suggestions of the reality of poverty, and keep your faith steadily centered in the rich God-life that dwells within, your prosperity will prove itself an established presence, that no fluctuations among the na- tions, or untrueness among individuals, can move or destroy — your wealth, like your health, will be eternal.

But let no home work for itself alone, and neglect its neighbor. For the joy of demonstrating God's pres- ence, in any form, is that that consciousness can be given to our world. Sometimes one must consider one's world first, in order to come- to one's individual expression of prosperity; for there is always a stage, where selfishness must pass away, that one may go on into greater power and prosperity. It may seem that selfishness has given people pros- perity, but that manifestation is crossed and recrossed with decay and death, and only the spiritually ignorant will walk that path.

Yet thousands are dying, or going into insane asylums, or leading a life of sorrow, whom the world envy because of their wealth. The riches that come through Truth are permanent, and are companioned by all the joys of heaven, because they are not confined to property and affairs, but are uni- versal, and express themselves through every department of our being.

In divine economy, you do not gain by "saving up for rainy days," you do not lose by spending, the more you give away the more you have. You do not earn divine riches, therefore you do not have to work hard for them, either mentally or physically. It belongs to your creative consciousness to love to work, and by fearlessness concerning supply and sup- port, you can gravitate to your congenial work, which will be valued highly by the w r orld because art will enter into it. Time and wages belong to slaves. We come out of Egypt by ceasing "to work for a living" in our mind.

Whatever work you are engaged in now, become an artist in it, by putting soul into your service. Educate yourself to find divinity in your work and in your asso- ciates, whether employer or employees. When you have learned your lesson, you will graduate easily into a con- genial, because your own, vocation. The Spirit knows spirit only, and in its realm there is no bargaining, no buying and selling, no wages, no hirelings, no laborers, no rewards or punishments, no merit or demerit, no deserving, and no unworthy, ones.

The Home Refurnished The home is the bulwark of the nation, and any- thing that builds up the home and contributes to its ideals, strengthens the race, both within and without. For the home is also the place to picture forth heaven, and often it is the training-school for wild, crude mor- tality wherein it learns the joys of peace, order and loving service, a preparation for heaven here on the earth.

Each home that is consecrated to this ministry of the Christ message and healing, becomes an example of purity and harmony to those seeking heaven on the earth. Perhaps your ministry cannot yet be an open one, but it can do a silent work by its hospitality, com- fort, restfulness and love. The very walls can sing of goodness and truth. The common furniture can caress us, the homely fare can give us sweetest satisfaction. Fill your home with blessing. Remove every sug- gestion of discontent. If there is a room that savours of selfishness, or of impurity, or of deadness, in its mental atmosphere, heal it.

You can do it by a half-hour of silence in it each day, in which you meditate upon the omnipresence of heaven, declaring for some special ex- pression of heaven, centering there. The richness of your spirit must enter the place where you reside, even though it be a cellar or a hall bed-room, and permeate it.

The ease and comfort of a rich consciousness must radiate from your personality. There are people who look pros- perous, and yet, are undermining themselves by a false state of mind; and there are people who are rich but do not look prosperous, and they are missing some of the good things that belong to them. The kingdom of heaven appears, when there is a perfect harmony and unity between the without and the within. In proving God to be the health of your circum- stances, see to it that your home does not contradict your faith.

There is a great law fulfilled in "putting one's best foot forward. The habit of be- ginning with poor equipment makes new enterprises long and slow in reaching success. When an instrument is tuned too low — like a harp, violin or guitar — then one string is raised to a proper pitch and the rest keyed up to it.

Sometimes one can raise the whole vibration of a house, and the household, by introducing some rich, up-to-date feature, and then keying all the rest of the establishment up to that vibra- tion, even though many days go by before it is finished. Act wealthy, talk prosperously. Be a free avenue through which riches may pass to all. The world needs to learn the spiritual science of wealth, and your home can be a class room.

There is no greater prospering power than the word of Blessing, of genuine praise and of thanks from the heart — especially towards those people, and about those things and events, that have seemed to curse us. And the very exercise itself will enrich one, like the sons, in the fable, of the wise old father, -who had four lazy sons, and in dying, told them that he had nothing to leave them but a field. But in that field was buried a treasure.

So when he died they vigorously dug up that field. But they found no treasure. The next crops, however, that grew in that ground yielded four times the ordinary crop, and then the sons knew that the treasure in the field was what they had put into it — their own energy and faith. Practice skill and discernment in finding the good in the people who have injured you, and the failures that have burdened you.

Let the Spirit inspire your thanksgiving and open your prophetic sense, to see the blessing that is coming out of it all. The exercise is enriching, both spiritually and materially. Listen to the Divine Voice within you. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these, but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Savior, having been made flesh by the Word of God Christianity spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa.

The Eastern Christian Churches are characterized by a rich heritage with Apostolic origin, and are treasured by the universal Church, for the East was the home of Jesus Christ our Redeemer! Jerusalem is the birthplace to all of Christianity throughout the world. The Levant, the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, served as the cradle of Christianity. Antioch, Syria became an early center for Christianity, especially following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Indeed, followers of Christ were first called Christians in Antioch Acts They also became known as Nazarenes Acts , particularly in the East. Mark the Evangelist founded the Church of Alexandria, Egypt. Eusebius of Caesarea in his Ecclesiastical History reported that King Abgar of Edessa was afflicted with illness and contacted Jesus in the hope of a cure.

Upon his healing by St. Jude Thaddeus , King Abgar converted to Christianity. Edessa became home to such writers as St. Ephrem wrote his beautiful hymns and religious poetry in Syriac, a dialect of the Semitic language of Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Syriac became the biblical and liturgical language of early Christian Churches in the East.

The theology of Eastern Churches often developed independently, outside the sway of Roman and Byzantine thought. Eastern Christian Churches allow clerical marriage , for they accept the gift of human sexuality given by God, who said, "It is not good for the man to be alone" Genesis Christians were severely persecuted through three centuries of the Roman Empire, especially at the hands of Nero 64 AD , Trajan , right up to Diocletian But their powerful witness through martyrdom only served to spread Christianity!

Constantine became Emperor of the West in As he was in Gaul at the time, he still had to capture Rome where Maxentius held sway. Welcome relief from Christian martyrdom came with the Edict of Milan in , through which Constantine and Licinius, the Emperor of the East, granted Christianity complete religious tolerance. His defeat of Licinius in made him sole Emperor of the entire Roman Empire, and he moved the seat of the Empire to Byzantium in and renamed it Constantinople.

Constantine considered himself Christian and did much to protect and support Christianity. Sunday as the Lord's Day was made a day of rest, and December 25 was celebrated as the birthday of Jesus. He restored property that once belonged to Christians. Peter in Rome. Christianity remain undivided until mankind sought to define the hidden nature of God and the mystery of Christ.

A dispute concerning the relation of the Father and the Son arose in Egypt known as the Arian controversy.

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The Nicene Creed was expanded and finalized at the Council of Constantinople in to include homoousios for the Holy Spirit as well, by quoting John , "the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father," to form the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed still called the Nicene Creed.

Constantine considered himself both head of state and father of the Christian Churches. There were three stages in the formation of the Gospels: the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the oral tradition of the Apostles, and the written word. The Tradition of the Fathers of the Church was important to early Christianity, for they were the ones who chose those inspired books which best reflected the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the formation of the canon of the New Testament, and were also involved in the interpretation of Scripture.

Jerome that "Matthew put together the sayings of the Lord in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as best he could" Papias, in Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History , III, 39, Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Jerome was commissioned by Pope Damasus in to produce a new Latin translation of the Bible. Jerome completed the translation of the New Testament Gospels into Latin in , and finished his translation from both Greek and Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament by In view of his work, St. Jerome was named the Father of Biblical Scholars.

The Latin Vulgate Bible published by St. Jerome served as the standard Bible for Western Christian civilization for over years. He was born in Tagaste, near Hippo, in north Africa. His mother St. Monica was a devout Christian and taught him the faith. However, when he studied rhetoric in Carthage, he began living a worldly life. He obtained a post as master of rhetoric in Milan, accompanied by an unnamed woman and child Adeodatus, born out of wedlock in The woman soon left him and their son, and Monica joined them in Milan.

Under the incessant prayers of his mother, and the influence of St. Ambrose of Milan, he eventually converted at age 32 in AD. Perhaps the most eloquent examination of conscience is found in The Confessions of St. Augustine , where he describes his moment of conversion in the garden reading St. Paul to the Romans , But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the desires of the flesh.

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Both his mother and son died soon afterwards and he returned in to his home in Tagaste. He was ordained a priest in , and became Bishop of Hippo in Augustine was people-oriented and preached every day. Many of his followers lived an ascetic life. He had a great love for Christ, and believed that our goal on earth was God through Christ himself, "to see his face evermore.

Augustine was one of the most prolific writers in history, and his writings show an evolution of thought and at times a reversal of ideas, as seen in his Retractations. His Scriptural essays on Genesis and Psalms remain starting points for modern Biblical scholars. His commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is still read today. Perhaps most debated are his views on predestination. Augustine is the doctor of grace. In his book Grace and Free Will , he explained simply why he believed in free will.

If there was no free will, then why did God give us the Ten Commandments, and why did he tell us to love our neighbor? Augustine's arguments against the Pelagian heresy set the doctrine of grace for the Catholic Church to the present day. Pelagius thought that man could achieve virtue and salvation on his own without the gift of grace, that Jesus was simply a model of virtue. This of course attacks the Redemption of man by Christ! If man could make it on his own, then the Cross of Christ becomes meaningless!

But Augustine saw man's utter sinfulness and the blessing and efficacy of grace, disposing man to accept his moment of grace, and hopefully ultimate salvation. Grace raises us to a life of virtue, and is the ground of human freedom.

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Perhaps one of his greatest works was The City of God, which took 13 years to complete, from to History can only be understood as a continued struggle between two cities, the City of God, comprised of those men who pursue God, and the City of Man, composed of those who pursue earthly goods and pleasures. He refers to Cain and Abel as the earliest examples of the two types of man. The Roman Empire was an example of the city of man which had just been sacked by Alaric in and was the occasion of the book.

Augustine was a living example of God's grace that transformed nature. He died August 28, , during the sack of Hippo by the Vandals. August 28 is celebrated as his Feast Day in the liturgical calendar. Pope Leo entered the Papacy at a difficult time. Alaric had sacked Rome in , and the Huns and the Visigoths were gaining strength. However the Pope proved to be a master statesman and history has deservedly accorded him the title of Pope Leo the Great.

One of his first actions in was to bless the missionary efforts of St. Patrick and to ordain him as Bishop of Ireland. A tension in Church authority between papal leadership and collegiality of the bishops was developing over theological questions. Rome was the place of martyrdom for Saints Peter and Paul. Rome's position as the capital of the Roman Empire was also supportive of a leadership role for the Bishop of Rome. The Bishop of Rome as successor to St. Peter was the Pastor and Shepherd of the whole Church, as seen with St. The independent Church of the East in Persia believed in two distinct natures dyophysite in Christ and did not accept the wording.

Pope Leo synthesized the thought of the differing Schools of Antioch and Alexandria in a letter known as the Tome. The Council of Chalcedon in was the Fourth Ecumenical Council, which supported Leo's stance that Christ had two natures, Divine and human in perfect harmony, in one Person or hypostasis. This set the theology for Roman and Byzantine theology and was important for European unity. Just one year later , Attila and the Huns were threatening outside the walls of Rome. Pope Leo met Attila, who decided to call off the invasion!

The Monastic Orders have been a premium influence on the formation of Christian culture. For not only have they been islands of asceticism and holiness that have served as ideals to a secular world, but also they have provided many if not most of the religious leaders within each historic age, especially during times of renewal and reform. The word monos is the Greek word for one or alone.

Monasticism began in the East and spread throughout Europe and saved European civilization. The practice of leaving the ambitions of daily life and retreating to the solitude of the desert was seen throughout Palestine, Syria, and Egypt, St. John the Baptist Mark an early example. The father of Christian monasticism was St. Antony of the Desert , the first of the Desert Fathers. Antony of Egypt took to heart the words of Christ to the rich young man, " Go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven" Matthew He headed across the Nile to a mountain near Pispir to live a life of solitude, prayer, and poverty.

Soon many gathered around him to imitate his life, living as hermits in nearby caves in the mountain, and in he emerged from solitude to teach his followers the way of the ascetic. He then moved further into the desert by Mount Kolzim near the Red Sea, where a second group of hermits gathered and later formed a monastery. He lived there for 45 years until his death in Maron , a contemporary of St. John Chrysostom, was a monk in the fourth century who left Antioch for the Orontes River to lead a life of holiness and prayer. As he was given the gift of healing, his life of solitude was short-lived, and soon he had many followers that adopted his monastic way.

Following the death of St. Maron in , his disciples built a monastery in his memory, which would form the nucleus of the Eastern Catholic Maronite Church of Lebanon. The fall of the Roman Empire to the barbarian invasions left European civilization in disarray, for the social structure under one ruler in Rome was destroyed. The preservation of culture and the conversion of the barbarians to Christianity was left to an unlikely group: the monastics of Europe. Their missionary efforts converted one tribe after another, so that eventually all of Europe was united in the worship of the one Christian God.

Patrick as Apostle to Ireland founded the monastery of Armagh in and other monasteries throughout Ireland. As the social unit in Ireland and much of Europe at the time was the tribe in the countryside, the monastery was the center of Church life and learning. The Irish monks that followed him converted much of northern Europe. The lasting legacy of the Irish monks has been the present-day form of confession. In early times, penance was in public and severe, often lasting for years, such that Baptism was generally postponed until one's deathbed. The Irish monks began private confession and allowed one to repeat confession as necessary.

The monk St. Benedict was born in Nursia of nobility but chose a life of solitude in Subiaco outside of Rome. Soon he moved nearby to build a monastery at Monte Cassino in and there wrote the Rule of Benedict. Monte Cassino placed all of the monks in one monastery under an abbot. The guiding principle for the monastery was ora et labora , or pray and work. The monastery provided adequate food and a place to sleep and served as a center of conversion and learning. Known for its moderation, Monte Cassino and Benedict's rule became the standard for monasteries throughout Europe and the pattern for Western civilization.

The first monk to become Pope was St. Gregory the Great Born to Roman nobility, Gregory at first pursued a political career and became Prefect of Rome. However he gave up position and wealth and retreated to his home to lead a monastic life. He was recalled to Rome and soon was elected Pope in and served until his death in A man of great energy, he is known for four historic achievements.

His theological and spiritual writings shaped the thought of the Middle Ages ; he made the Pope the de facto ruler of central Italy; his charisma strengthened the Papacy in the West; and he was dedicated to the conversion of England to Christianity. Gregory sent the monk Augustine to England in The conversion of King Aethelbert of Kent led St. Augustine to be named the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Soon English Benedictine monks were being sent to convert the rest of Europe, such as the English monk Winfrid, better known as St.

Boniface , who served from as the Apostle to Germany. Boniface in his conversion of Germany. His son Pepin and the Papacy formed an historic alliance. Pepin needed the blessing of the Pope in his seizure of leadership of Gaul from the Merovingians. Pepin died in and divided his realm between his two sons, Carloman and Charles. Charles, known as Charlemagne , took over all of Gaul upon the death of his brother in , and soon conquered most of mainland Europe. He was a vigorous leader and ruled until Charlemagne was a strong supporter of Christianity.

During his reign, Christianity became the guiding principle of the Carolingian Empire, as the Church established a powerful presence throughout Europe. He instituted a school of learning in his palace at Aachen. In the Middle Ages there was in theory a division between temporal power and spiritual authority, but in practice one saw a strong Emperor take control of some spiritual affairs and a strong Pope take control of some affairs of state.

Charlemagne, as Constantine, considered himself the leader of Christendom as political head of state and protector of the Church. The historian Christopher Dawson called this the beginning of medieval Christendom. The Byzantine Empire of the East, with its capital in Constantinople, flourished for a thousand years. The Empire reached its zenith under Emperor Justinian, the author of the Justinian Code of Law, who ruled from to Justinian built the beautiful Church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in , which became a center of religious thought.

The Byzantine or Greek liturgy is based on the tradition of St. Basil and the subsequent reform of St. John Chrysostom. The Byzantine missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius brought Christianity to Moravia, and Cyril created the Cyrillic alphabet for their liturgy, which became the basis of the Slavic languages, including Russian. Kiev was once the capital of the country of Kievan Rus, which comprised the modern nations of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

In the sixteenth century, a Russian mystic Philotheus of Pskof noted that Rome and Constantinople, the second Rome, had fallen, but "Moscow, the third Rome," stands.

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The Russian Orthodox Church today is the largest Eastern Orthodox faith with over million members. One of the most tragic events in Church history has been the Schism of between what is now the Catholic Church in Rome and the Byzantine or Eastern Orthodox Church in Constantinople. The actual event occurred on July 16, The abrasive Cardinal Humbert laid a papal bull of excommunication after Pope Leo had died on the altar right during the Liturgy at the Church of Hagia Sophia, which led the Eastern Church to excommunicate the envoy. While the event did not end the relationship between the Eastern and Western Churches, it became symbolic for the distrust and strain between the East and the West that developed through the centuries.

The break was sealed in with the sacking of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. Rome and Constantinople had been able to agree through three more Councils. The fifth ecumenical council at Constantinople II in was called by the Emperor Justinian and reaffirmed that there is only one person or hypostasis in our Lord Jesus Christ. In response to the Monothelites, that Christ had only one will, the sixth ecumenical council affirmed the efforts of St.

Maximus the Confessor at Constantinople III in and confessed that Christ had two wills and two natural operations John , divine and human in harmony. The seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea II in resolved the iconoclast controversy thanks to the writings of St. John of Damascus: since Jesus had a true humanity and his body was finite, it was only proper to venerate holy images of the human face of Jesus, as well as Mary and the saints.

However, the language of Rome was Latin, and that of Constantinople Greek. There was a difference in perception of Church authority between the East and West. Latin Rome believed the Pontiff, as the representative of Peter, was Pastor and Shepherd to the whole Church, whereas the Greek East saw the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and representative of Peter, as presiding with love in the sense of collegiality, as a first among equals. This difference in perception of Church authority produced the conflict over the addition of the word filioque - and the Son - to the Nicene Creed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Theological thought on the Trinity had progressed with time, particularly with St. Augustine, who saw the Holy Spirit as an expression of love between the Father and the Son.

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King Recared and his Visigothic bishops converted from Arianism to Catholicism at the Third Council of Toledo, Spain in and were required to add the word filioque to the Creed. Charlemagne in insisted on its addition, so that the phrase read "the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son". The Eastern Orthodox Churches claim that the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is the common possession of the whole church and that any change must be made by an ecumenical Council. Catholic Spain was the first European territory to suffer Islamic invasion in when the Berber general Ibn Tariq conquered nearly all of Spain except the northern rim.

The discovery of the relics of St. As recorded in the late ninth-century Chronicle of Alfonso III, Pelayo became the inspiration for the rightful recovery of Spanish territory lost to Muslim invasion. Spain was troubled in when the Moor Almanzor usurped the power of the Caliphate and sacked the city and Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the northwest tip of Spain, but spared the tomb of St. James Santiago in Spanish. With the loss of respect for the Caliphate, Al-Andalus fractured into multiple petty states, known as Taifas. El Cid held off the Muslims in Valencia until his death in The Reconquista of Spain, or the unification of Spain under Christian rule, was not formally completed until the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, when Granada was captured from the Moors on January 2, Pope Urban II, in one of history's most powerful speeches, launched years of the Crusades at the Council of Clermont, France on November 27, with this impassioned plea.

In a rare public session in an open field, he urged the knights and noblemen to win back the Holy Land, to face their sins, and called upon those present to save their souls and become Soldiers of Christ. Those who took the vow for the pilgrimage were to wear the sign of the cross croix in French : and so evolved the word croisade or Crusade. By the time his speech ended, the captivated audience began shouting Deus le volt! The expression became the battle-cry of the crusades.

Three reasons are primarily given for the beginning of the Crusades: 1 to free Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; 2 to defend the Christian East, hopefully healing the rift between Roman and Orthodox Christianity; and 3 to marshal the energy of the constantly warring feudal lords and knights into the one cause of penitential warfare. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was once again in Christian hands and restored. The Kingdom of Jerusalem lasted 88 years, until Saladin recaptured the city October 2, The four Crusader states eventually collapsed; the surrender of Acre in ended years of formal Christian rule in the Holy Land.

The twelfth and thirteenth centuries were the peak of the Medieval Age. It was the flowering of Christendom, a time of extraordinary intellectual activity, with the rise of the University and the introduction of Arabian, Hebrew, and Greek works into Christian schools. A new form of order arose whose aim was to pursue the monastic ideals of poverty, renunciation, and self-sacrifice, but also to maintain a presence and convert the world by example and preaching.

They were known as friars and called the Mendicant Orders Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, Augustinians, and the Servites , because of begging alms to support themselves. Francis of Assisi was born to wealth. He loved adventure, but experienced conversion after joining the military. He returned home, and heard a voice saying to him, "Francis, go and rebuild my house; it is falling down. Francis loved creation and considered it good, for Christ himself took on flesh in the Incarnation.

He loved all living creatures. Francis originated the Christmas manger scene. He founded the Franciscan order, and received approval from Rome in The Poor Clare Nuns began when St. Clare joined the Franciscans in in Assisi. In St. Francis risked his life in the Fifth Crusade by calling directly upon the Sultan of Egypt in an effort to convert him and bring peace. He received the stigmata of Christ in , 2 years before his death in Dominic de Guzman was born in Calaruega, Spain.

On a journey through France he was confronted by the Albigensian heresy like Manichaeism and the Cathari. With the new mind, many errors fall away, that have not been seen as errors, although their basis was some lim- itation, or belief in evil. Thus one ceases to hold back money from fear, or save it up for "a rainy day. There should be no waiting for others to pay us be- fore we will consider paying our debts.

Pride and conventionality are displaced, and debts may be paid in very small sums at a time, and inspiration guides us as to whom payment should be made first. Sometimes a hard thought is being held against one, so that it is like a curse, preventing the free flow of one's blessings.

A true step taken may relieve the whole situ- ation. A dollar paid to a man who thinks what you owe him is a bad debt, may relieve a congestion in the thought- causes back of your affairs. She resolved to put aside her pride and fixed ideas of how he should be paid, and send him a dollar at a time until the debt was cancelled. After mailing a letter of apology enclosing the dollar, she received a most cordial reply full of protestations that she did not owe him any- thing, begging her to dismiss all thought about it, as she had paid him many times more than that amount in pupils, to whom she had recommended him.

The at- tempt she had made w T ell repaid her; for not only was the debt cancelled, but the expression of appreciation that she received was a surprise and a delight, as she had not considered the favor she was doing him, but only the benefit she was conferring on those who became his pupils. Through meditating on the divine desire within you to bless your neighbors, there will rise a joy in paying them. Also, a faith that others enjoy paying you, and you will not dread, nor hate, to present a bill.

Sometimes letters and other papers are so embued with the false thoughts which are held when they were being prepared, that they come like a blow, or an insult, and quite miss their intention. An illustration of this fact was given me by a member of one of my classes : Miss M. Feeling it to be thoughtless on the part of her patient to wait for a bill, and with a combination of resentment, impatience and indignation, she sat down and wrote the bill and mailed it.

Now the lady was generous and just, and also a good student of Truth. If she had not been, Miss M. Then I remembered my principles, and instantly I knew that those were your feelings about me, and I had been reflecting them, and I immediately came down here to pay you. Be careful, young lady, what you think, when you send out bills! Unless there is the true supreme assurance from within, that the money to pay such debts is already on the way, it is better to fast and pray until such assurance come, than to put oneself to too great a test.

The demonstra- tion of faith is not the venturing into debts, but the reali- zation of the means to meet debts, even before they are contracted. In accordance with the statement given in our last lesson, I will herewith give some further thoughts about obtaining employment.

Keep well in mind the understanding that you are no mere machine, but always a brother, and a fellow- man — a sister and a member of God's family. There is nothing so interesting to personalities as personality, and especially a personality that is also interested in person- alities. Approach those from whom you expect favors with interest in your face, that has sprung from com- muning with the Spirit within them, and whether the favor be granted or not, take the decision as from the Spirit at that moment — not necessarily final — and so maintain a high standard of respect between you.

It will not be forgotten and next time you apply, it will be easier to get into the "good graces" of the one in power. Some good advice was given to a young man, who had been spending days looking for work, until he was greatly discouraged. It is this. Never again approach an employer with that gloomy face. Smile, look cheerful and you'll succeed. As he kept thinking upon cheerfulness, and smilingly re- ceived one refusal after another, he grew light-hearted until, at the last place he applied — a coal yard — as the same old answer was given him, he turned and went through the yard whistling a merry tune.

The man called him back. I like such men round me. Come here tomorrow, and I think I can make a place for you. Never expect to succeed by appealing to another's pity or sympathy ; nor by bringing forward your need or lack, weakness or ignorance. Let your main thought ever be, "How can I serve you? Richness should circu- late through our affairs as air does in the lungs. Nothing succeeds so well as success; nothing pros- pers so well as prosperity ; therefore never put on a "poor mouth. The Lord [Prosperity] loveth a cheerful giver.

Do not save up for a "rainy day" ; for they will come as long as you prepare for them. Money must not be clutched. It loves freedom. Carry yourself as one who owns the earth, for you do. Business instinct is spiritual intuition applied to af- fairs. Get into the current of the stream of Prosperity and your boat will be carried along all right without inter- fering with your neighbor. The Rich Mentality. Lay up for yourselves treasures iu heaven. They shall prosper that love thee. Then shalt thou prosper if thou takest heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments. Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord that ye cannot prosper?

Acquaint now thyself with him and be at peace: thereby shall good come unto thee. Eeceive I pray thee the law from his mouth and lay up his words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty thou shalt be built up. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

Riches are primarily a state of mind and not a mat- ter of accumulation of money or things. Having a rich mind will necessarily be represented by plenty of the world's goods, either in possession, or at command; but to have millions, and to lack the fertility of mind to place them, is to be like the mule that bears rich ore on his back out of the mine — he knows only the burden of it and none of the richness. Paupers in mind, they cannot recognize riches when they stare them in the face.

Therefore the wisdom of the great Philosopher of Life: Seek first to be rich towards God and let the earthly riches follow. For then is the problem taken hold of at the right end, at its source, and one escapes the folly of so many poor ones who have put the cart before the horse, seeking riches first and the spiritual life last. Everyone who comes into -the world has a rich aura, the gift of his heavenly Father — it is his "living" from the Source of all wealth.

Most of us seem to have been prod- igal sons, letting our rich consciousness be frittered away by the delusions of sense, until we find ourselves bound to mortality, and far from happiness, heaven, our home. But we know that even then, if we only remember and "come to ourselves," we can return to the rich conscious- ness by keeping our face steadily towards our Father's house, that is, "seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Its thoughts of goodness are the reality of gold; its consciousness of freedom lies back of the silver; its purity is the substance of the diamond and all its virtues are portrayed in the gems of the earth. Its life fructifies the very soil, its beauty and grace determine the forms of fruit and flower. Its culture pictures forth in the arts of man, according to what development man has given himself towards that Rich Mentality. As long as man looks outside himself for all the causes of his fortune or misfortune, he does not find this law of thought and feeling, by which he may be pros- pered.

In man's attitude towards this Rich Mentality, which is in truth his Divine Mind, lies the explanation of many an unusual experience in his life. Crops have been delivered from pests, and also protected, so that a blight or frost or other enemy could not harm them.

Illustrat- ing this, a story was told the writer by a student, about his father, who had a remarkable proof that a "praying man" comes under divine protection, even in his fields. This gentleman said that his father, Mr. They bought seed together, ploughed and sowed at the same time. When the time came to gather the potatoes, the farmers found that a potato disease called "dry-rot," which appeared that year for the first time in England, had attacked every tuber, making almost a total loss to each farmer but Mr.

For when he turned over the soil in the two long rows of hillocks, not one potato in the whole of his tract had been touched. This made a very deep impression upon all the country round, especially as Mr. All that one puts his hand to comes into this Divine Aura, and if a man consciously, or unconsciously, co- operates with it and fulfills its laws, that will take place, that is written Ps. If it seems unyielding as to prosperity, then it is not recognized and cultivated. It may be like a wilderness, full of weeds, yet yielding a cer- tain increase.

Such are the fields of the spendthrift, the sordid and the care-ridden. Perhaps it is unwatered, like the Great American Desert, which has been proven to be so fertile when well irrigated. Then ignorance of this great law of prosperity is the cause, or a forgetting the truth about oneself, one's source and powers. The desire in the heart of a man to be self-support- ing and independent is because such is the divine inten- tion.

The revelation of this inner eternal supply estab- lishes the consciousness of endless prosperity. Richness circulates through the body of one's affairs, as air in the body of flesh. And as, through intelligence and power, one controls the breath, so should the welfare of our circumstances be subject to our mind.

A lady in Southern California realized this power of control once, to the great advantage of an important crop. Her home was in the midst of a large orange grove which was then in full bearing, and promising a fine revenue that winter, with which they hoped to recuperate their fortune, and once more be on their feet. She had a neighbor whose financial history had been almost identi- cal with her own, for both, with their husbands, had invested in adjoining lands, planted and raised orange trees, which had already yielded several crops.

But the neighbor did not believe in the power of mind, but scoffed and antagonized so much, that the lady ceased to refer to the Truth and its powers in her presence. One night a report was carried through the town, that they were liable to have a black frost before morn- ing, and that every man had better "smudge" and so save his orchard. Now it so happened that the hus- bands of both ladies were away.

The neighbor came in wringing her hands and crying, "What shall we do! No one to help us — we cannot do it alone — our crop will be ruined! After the neighbor returned, she walked the floor trying to calm herself with Truth, repeating over statements as to the allness of good, and the nothingness of evil, in every variety of declaration, that came to her. Presently her faithfulness was rewarded.

She remembered what her teacher had said, as to the power of Mind to go forth and heal the plants, and she spoke aloud : "God can pro- tect my orchard! An impression came to her of her orchard, being covered over, as with a great canvas, and she lay down upon her pillow and slept like a child until morning. The black frost came, and every orchard, that had not been smudged, came woefully under the blight.

Every orchard but that of Mrs. It was a nine-days wonder and many w r ere the con- gratulations. She was young in the thought, and told no one of her prayers, although her neighbor suspected the source of her victory, for she never again scoffed at her belief. Lift up your mind, get hold of the Spirit, throw off those mean feelings as you would shake off the flakes of snow before entering a warm room. Practice repeating words of cheer and spiritual promises, and meditate upon the very opposite thoughts to those that drag you down, until there comes an inner change.

And the longer it takes you, the more should be your persistence — the fact of its taking so long shows how sadly you needed the practice. Remove the curse from that unrented house, by mentally filling it with loving, attractive thoughts, changing its atmosphere from that deadening, repelling character that people feel, even as they approach a place, making them decide against it before examining it.

Read Isaiah 35 and to 9 and 65 to 25 and give your mind and heart to the fairest pictures of concord and harmony that they raise. You are not building up this Rich Mentality. It is already there in all its fullness and perfection. It is your part to uncover it, to co-operate with it, to believe in it. Then like the lilies of the field, the law that is within you can operate and draw your own to you. We perpetually remember that the one who is pros- pered by a knowledge of Truth brings prosperity to the whole earth, for he draws heaven into the earth, and Love is the law of his life, causing him ever to lead his fellow-beings to the same law within themselves that he has found in himself.

And now is the time and here is the place that we prove ourselves the masterful Word of the Almighty, pressing the King- dom of Heaven into the earth, until poverty shall be known no more, nor any poor, but all shall come to their thrones, glorified Sons and Daughters of the Most High.

The second consists of a meditation to read, letting the ideas sink into the heart, and bring forth original observations, of which the student should make notes in a convenient note-book. The third is the Treatment w T hich is to be read for oneself, as though the Inner Voice was uttering the words, and our spiritual reason confirming them.

The Treatments proper always begin with Listen to Me! Not only read them for yourself, but silently read them to others, who are feeling stress in their circum- stances. Be orderly in this, and write dow r n the names of those whom you are treating, and the times of treat- ment. And seek to realize what you are saying to them. In giving these treatments to yourself or to others, pause w T ith impressive realization at each mark, and if the Word is doing its w r ork, there will come a definite feeling of power and satisfaction, both to the healer and the one being healed.

Even though this feeling does not come at first, the Truth in the words will do the work, often to the sur- prise of the young student, whose faith is weak or un- developed. Missionaries give the first two years of their noviate — almost all the waking hours of each day — to learning the language of those whom they have come to save. The human mind seems slow. Let us possess ourselves in patience and in due time we shall reap. In the Quiet of the Home The real Home of each one of us is Heaven and the bitter home-sickness of so many of the race will never be healed until Heaven is found within.

For the longing of men and women for a spot that they can call "home" is but a form of spiritual home- sickness. And the Student of Truth is wise who will not seek the healing of that malady through acquiring the outer home, for, without the conscious union with Heaven within, they will only acquire burdens with the house, that they desire to be their home. But by developing the home-realization within, every place where they shall relax and spend the quiet hours of their lives, will be a happy nest — a sheltering abode — drawing others with its home-charm, as well as express- ing their own deep, holy peace.

In the quiet of your abiding place, be it a flat or a garret, farm-house or hotel, bungalow or hall-bedroom, radiate the richness of your Soul, until the transforma- tion of your room, will reveal the achievement of your true thoughts. Never take the worries of your business into the family life. Take your faith there, when you consult your loved ones as to your affairs.

The only connec- tion, that there should be between your business and your home, is that of spiritual cheer and an abiding scientific optimism. Hold your peace forever! There is a Highway of Prosperity — the King's High- way — the road up the Mountain of supreme success, that has an easy grade, where the travel is ever smooth, and where they that walk therein know no more worry or fear, or strife or hard times, or slavish work or failure. They live and let live, and they are consciously secure, forever, from all sense of deprivation or lack.

The uniiistructed follow by-paths in seeking their wealth, where there is much stumbling and blindness of chance, where burdens pile up, but the travellers never reach the heights. All these sidetracks end in gullies and pits, for all that is gained must eventually be given up. Men enter them as short-cuts to wealth, and though some of them cross the real Road, so intoxicated are these wanderers, that they know not the Way even when their feet press its fair track, long miles at a time. The right view of Prosperity as God's own presence, not to be refused or despised, but to be seen as the legiti- mate expression of the spiritual life, comes to "the man whose eyes are open," and he seeks understanding so as to think and feel, speak and act according to the Law that operates, to make bodies healthy and circum- stances wealthy, as one and the same work.

Listen to me! Noth- ing. Prosperity Begins at Home Every household can prove itself a center for the expression of God's prosperity, no matter how small its beginnings may be. As a mighty oak is but a spindling twig at first, but, through faith in itself, and the loving encouragement and protection of nature, becomes the tower of strength, that is the admiration of all that behold it, so one's spiritual demonstration of prosperity may seem a weakling at first.

But, if you temper the winds of fierce race-suggestions of the reality of poverty, and keep your faith steadily centered in the rich God-life that dwells within, your prosperity will prove itself an established presence, that no fluctuations among the na- tions, or untrueness among individuals, can move or destroy — your wealth, like your health, will be eternal.

But let no home work for itself alone, and neglect its neighbor. For the joy of demonstrating God's pres- ence, in any form, is that that consciousness can be given to our world. Sometimes one must consider one's world first, in order to come- to one's individual expression of prosperity; for there is always a stage, where selfishness must pass away, that one may go on into greater power and prosperity. It may seem that selfishness has given people pros- perity, but that manifestation is crossed and recrossed with decay and death, and only the spiritually ignorant will walk that path.

Yet thousands are dying, or going into insane asylums, or leading a life of sorrow, whom the world envy because of their wealth. The riches that come through Truth are permanent, and are companioned by all the joys of heaven, because they are not confined to property and affairs, but are uni- versal, and express themselves through every department of our being. In divine economy, you do not gain by "saving up for rainy days," you do not lose by spending, the more you give away the more you have. You do not earn divine riches, therefore you do not have to work hard for them, either mentally or physically.

It belongs to your creative consciousness to love to work, and by fearlessness concerning supply and sup- port, you can gravitate to your congenial work, which will be valued highly by the w r orld because art will enter into it. Time and wages belong to slaves. We come out of Egypt by ceasing "to work for a living" in our mind. Whatever work you are engaged in now, become an artist in it, by putting soul into your service.

Educate yourself to find divinity in your work and in your asso- ciates, whether employer or employees. When you have learned your lesson, you will graduate easily into a con- genial, because your own, vocation. The Spirit knows spirit only, and in its realm there is no bargaining, no buying and selling, no wages, no hirelings, no laborers, no rewards or punishments, no merit or demerit, no deserving, and no unworthy, ones.

Latin dictionary

The Home Refurnished The home is the bulwark of the nation, and any- thing that builds up the home and contributes to its ideals, strengthens the race, both within and without. For the home is also the place to picture forth heaven, and often it is the training-school for wild, crude mor- tality wherein it learns the joys of peace, order and loving service, a preparation for heaven here on the earth. Each home that is consecrated to this ministry of the Christ message and healing, becomes an example of purity and harmony to those seeking heaven on the earth.

Perhaps your ministry cannot yet be an open one, but it can do a silent work by its hospitality, com- fort, restfulness and love. The very walls can sing of goodness and truth. The common furniture can caress us, the homely fare can give us sweetest satisfaction. Fill your home with blessing. Remove every sug- gestion of discontent.

If there is a room that savours of selfishness, or of impurity, or of deadness, in its mental atmosphere, heal it. You can do it by a half-hour of silence in it each day, in which you meditate upon the omnipresence of heaven, declaring for some special ex- pression of heaven, centering there. The richness of your spirit must enter the place where you reside, even though it be a cellar or a hall bed-room, and permeate it.

The ease and comfort of a rich consciousness must radiate from your personality. There are people who look pros- perous, and yet, are undermining themselves by a false state of mind; and there are people who are rich but do not look prosperous, and they are missing some of the good things that belong to them.

The kingdom of heaven appears, when there is a perfect harmony and unity between the without and the within. In proving God to be the health of your circum- stances, see to it that your home does not contradict your faith. There is a great law fulfilled in "putting one's best foot forward. The habit of be- ginning with poor equipment makes new enterprises long and slow in reaching success.

When an instrument is tuned too low — like a harp, violin or guitar — then one string is raised to a proper pitch and the rest keyed up to it. Sometimes one can raise the whole vibration of a house, and the household, by introducing some rich, up-to-date feature, and then keying all the rest of the establishment up to that vibra- tion, even though many days go by before it is finished. Act wealthy, talk prosperously. Be a free avenue through which riches may pass to all. The world needs to learn the spiritual science of wealth, and your home can be a class room.

There is no greater prospering power than the word of Blessing, of genuine praise and of thanks from the heart — especially towards those people, and about those things and events, that have seemed to curse us. And the very exercise itself will enrich one, like the sons, in the fable, of the wise old father, -who had four lazy sons, and in dying, told them that he had nothing to leave them but a field.

But in that field was buried a treasure. So when he died they vigorously dug up that field. But they found no treasure. The next crops, however, that grew in that ground yielded four times the ordinary crop, and then the sons knew that the treasure in the field was what they had put into it — their own energy and faith.

Practice skill and discernment in finding the good in the people who have injured you, and the failures that have burdened you. Let the Spirit inspire your thanksgiving and open your prophetic sense, to see the blessing that is coming out of it all. The exercise is enriching, both spiritually and materially. Listen to the Divine Voice within you. It cheers you. Our Unlimited Capacity Contentment is one of the richest jewels that a home can have, and when its foundation is knowledge of Truth, it abides forever, and becomes a powerful magnet, to draw to itself the best in people and in things.

When contentment is mated with poverty, there is usually some false reason at the root of the matter. Some- times it is a yielding to circumstances as inevitable — a kind of fatalism, but oftener it takes its rise from the religious, training, especially the doctrine that Christianity and pdverty are logical associates, and that the Greatest of all the Christians, himself, was poor, having "no place to lay his head. Jesus had command of forces, that could have made him a Croesus in a moment, but he would not be cumbered with property.

If one chooses to go without, all right. But to be forced to go without, and even to be in debt, is not a free state and therefore not true Christianity. For has not the Christ said, "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free? Our true Contentment is ability to contain all the blessings that the good God shall pour out upon us. The story of Elisha's increasing the widow's pot of oil, is illustrative of the point that Paul was teaching, concerning our capacity. There was a widow, who ap- pealed to Elisha to save her two sons from being sold for debt, that is, becoming slaves in order to pay a debt.

Elisha asked her what she had in the house, and she answered "Nothing but a pot of oil. And then she was to pour oil from that little pot of oil, until all were filled. She procured all that she could, and the oil increased until the last vessel was full, and then "the oil stayed.

And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt and live thou and thy children of the rest. Paul reminds us that our capacity is un- limited, and we must be conscious of it. Let us practice removing every limitation, which we have been prone to put upon ourselves, either as to re- ceiving or disbursing. We do not need to depend upon our neighbors for our increase, the Lord within us is our support, who shall limit us?

In the temporal prosperity which comes from worldly methods, it is considered good judgment to gauge the amount of one's spending by the extent of one's income ; and that is good sense, when one has a material basis of prosperity. But the spiritual law is stated, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. Not recklessly, nor in a meaningless way, but with the wisdom of one who is being educated to disseminate riches like seed, breaking down fear and sense of limita- tion, and cultivating faith and consciousness of the all- capacity in one.

When one intends to make a gift of money, accord- ing to a certain amount, and then mentally lessens it, he is lessening his own receiving capacity. Practice distributing freely because of trust in your unlimited Source of Supply. For we must share, if we would keep That blessing from above. Ceasing to give, we cease to have, Such is the law of Love. Moses received and" understood these laws, both from his Egyptian tutors, the soothsayers and magicians of Pharaoh, and from his spiritual Instructor, great Jehovah.

It is for us to prove that our supply is not fixed by the Rule of Three, but, there is a living principle back of our silver and our gold, that is one with God, and to touch it, is to open a way by which our material supply will increase, as seeds will sprout if the right elements are brought to them. In the booklet, The Quiet Hour, by S. Gordon, published by Fleming H. Revell Co. The evening meeting was over, and a number of Christian friends were gathered about the supper table. We were talking as we ate, of our experiences of God's goodness. One lady present was induced to tell through interpreta- tion, a story of the unusual experience of a friend of hers in Finland.

She hadn't money enough; all efforts to get more failed; legal action threatened; then during prayer the money in her little treasure box increased in amount until there was enough to pay the claim. That is the bones of the story. It quite startled every one who heard it.

Such a thing was unheard of in modern times. And doubt was freely expressed by some of the most earnest and thought- ful ones present. The doubt was not of God's power to do such a thing, but of the accuracy of the story. The woman in her excitement must have made a mistake. Some friend was secretly helping, it was thought. Was she used to counting money?

The Parable of Hidden Treasures

Was the box locked up so that no one else could get access to it? She was probably a good woman, but rather excitable. So ques- tion and comment ran. As I listened to the story, then to the comments, I though that if it were true — and our friend who told it to us, and who personally knew the woman in it, seemed quite assured herself of its being so — it should not be told until it could be thoroughly verified, but that if it could indeed be verified, it should be told, and told widely.

It is exceedingly interesting to read of how the Spirit opened the way, so that they went to the village and were with the woman two days, having an excellent interpreter, who also came in answer to prayer. The woman is the postmistress of the village, or rather railroad junction, a very important post which she has occupied over twenty years. Something like S, passed through her hands some years.

This seems sufficient answer to the comments I heard when the story was told in Stockholm. Free-will offerings consti- tuted the supply. While the building was going on, there came a bill for lumber, which had been bought and received.