Extracts from a sermon delivered in Chickering Hall, Boston, by S. J. Hanna of Scranton, Pa., from the text, Matt. v. 1-11, 1891 published same time in in the Christian Science Journal
“Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.”
Here is struck the key-note of Christianity. If all were pure in heart, there would be no unhappiness, no discord in the world. If purity were the principle and rule of human conduct, the kingdom of heaven would indeed be here. Malice, lust, envy, pride, selfishness, revenge, anger could find no place where all is purity. The overcoming of these qualities of human nature then, is becoming pure in heart. In no other way can we become pure in heart than by destroying these elements of mortal mind. Thus may we see God, and thus only. Thus are we ascending the Mount, and getting out of the dark valley of material blindness, up into the bright and shining atmosphere of Life and Truth and Love. This is the true Mount of Transfiguration. This is the true Christian striving. Let our earnest striving be to become pure in heart. Thus only can we become Christ-like; thus only can we become Christian Scientists.