Miscellaneous Writings, 1883-1896
by Mary Baker Eddy
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Nothing short of our own errors should offend us. He who can wilfully attempt to injure another, is an object of pity rather than of resentment; while it is a question [30] in my mind, whether there is enough of a flatterer, a fool, or a liar, to offend a whole-souled woman.

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Hints To The Clergy

At the residence of Mr. Rawson, of Arlington, Massa- chusetts, a happy concourse of friends had gathered to celebrate the eighty-second birthday of his mother—a friend of mine, and a Christian Scientist. [5]

Among the guests, were an orthodox clergyman, his wife and child.

In the course of the evening, conversation drifted to the seventh modern wonder, Christian Science; where- upon the mother, Mrs. Rawson, who had drunk at its [10] fount, firmly bore testimony to the power of Christ, Truth, to heal the sick.

Soon after this conversation, the clergyman's son was taken violently ill. Then was the clergyman's opportunity to demand a proof of what the Christian [15] Scientist had declared; and he said to this venerable Christian:—

"If you heal my son, when seeing, I may be led to believe."

Mrs. Rawson then rose from her seat, and sat down [20] beside the sofa whereon lay the lad with burning brow, moaning in pain.

Looking away from all material aid, to the spiritual source and ever-present help, silently, through the divine power, she healed him. [25]

The deep flush faded from the face, a cool perspiration spread over it, and he slept.

In about one hour he awoke, and was hungry.

The parents said:—

"Wait until we get home, and you shall have some [30] gruel."

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But Mrs. Rawson said:—[1]

"Give the child what he relishes, and doubt not that the Father of all will care for him."

Thus, the unbiased youth and the aged Christian carried the case on the side of God; and, after eating [5] several ice-creams, the clergyman's son returned home —well.

Perfidy And Slander

What has an individual gained by losing his own self- respect? or what has he lost when, retaining his own, [10] he loses the homage of fools, or the pretentious praise of hypocrites, false to themselves as to others?

Shakespeare, the immortal lexicographer of mortals, writes:—

To thine own self be true, [15] And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

When Aristotle was asked what a person could gain by uttering a falsehood, he replied, "Not to be credited when he shall tell the truth." [20]

The character of a liar and hypocrite is so contempti- ble, that even of those who have lost their honor it might be expected that from the violation of truth they should be restrained by their pride.

Perfidy of an inferior quality, such as manages to evade [25] the law, and which dignified natures cannot stoop to notice, except legally, disgraces human nature more than do most vices.

Slander is a midnight robber; the red-tongued assas- sin of radical worth; the conservative swindler, who [30]

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sells himself in a traffic by which he can gain nothing [1]. It can retire for forgiveness to no fraternity where its crime may stand in the place of a virtue; but must at length be given up to the hisses of the multitude, with- out friend and without apologist. [5]

Law has found it necessary to offer to the innocent, security from slanderers—those pests of society—when their crime comes within its jurisdiction. Thus, to evade the penalty of law, and yet with malice aforethought to extend their evil intent, is the nice distinction by which [10] they endeavor to get their weighty stuff into the hands of gossip! Some uncharitable one may give it a forward move, and, ere that one himself become aware, find himself responsible for kind (?) endeavors.

Would that my pen or pity could raise these weak, [15] pitifully poor objects from their choice of self-degrada- tion to the nobler purposes and wider aims of a life made honest: a life in which the fresh flowers of feeling blos- som, and, like the camomile, the more trampled upon, the sweeter the odor they send forth to benefit mankind; [20] a life wherein calm, self-respected thoughts abide in tabernacles of their own, dwelling upon a holy hill, speak- ing the truth in the heart; a life wherein the mind can rest in green pastures, beside the still waters, on isles of sweet refreshment. The sublime summary of an [25] honest life satisfies the mind craving a higher good, and bathes it in the cool waters of peace on earth; till it grows into the full stature of wisdom, reckoning its own by the amount of happiness it has bestowed upon others. [30]

Not to avenge one's self upon one's enemies, is the command of almighty wisdom; and we take this to be

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a safer guide than the promptings of human nature. [1] To know that a deception dark as it is base has been practised upon thee,—by those deemed at least indebted friends whose welfare thou hast promoted,—and yet not to avenge thyself, is to do good to thyself; is to take [5] a new standpoint whence to look upward; is to be calm amid excitement, just amid lawlessness, and pure amid corruption.

To be a great man or woman, to have a name whose odor fills the world with its fragrance, is to bear with [10] patience the buffetings of envy or malice—even while seeking to raise those barren natures to a capacity for a higher life. We should look with pitying eye on the momentary success of all villainies, on mad ambition and low revenge. This will bring us also to look on a [15] kind, true, and just person, faithful to conscience and honest beyond reproach, as the only suitable fabric out of which to weave an existence fit for earth and heaven.


Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cog- nizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the re- [25] liability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, [30]

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and that any one is liable to have them under certain [1] predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state pre- pares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to con- [5] tact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's.

If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how [10] much more certain would be the doctor's success, and the clergyman's conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man [15] as David taught: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would [20] thus become beautifully less; and in the same propor- tion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of [25] contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sana- tive method; and the "perfect Love" that "casteth out fear" is a sure defense.

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Improve Your Time

Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon [1] the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let [5] him make the most of the present.

Three ways of wasting time, one of which is con- temptible, are gossiping mischief, making lingering calls, and mere motion when at work, thinking of nothing or [10] planning for some amusement,—travel of limb more than mind. Rushing around smartly is no proof of ac- complishing much.

All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours, [15] and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit of pleasure. They spend no time in sheer idleness, in talking when they have nothing to say, in building air- castles or floating off on the wings of sense: all of which drop human life into the ditch of nonsense, and worse [20] than waste its years.

"Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait." [25]

Thanksgiving Dinner

It was a beautiful group! needing but canvas and the touch of an artist to render it pathetic, tender, gorgeous.

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Age, on whose hoary head the almond-blossom formed a [1] crown of glory; middle age, in smiles and the full fruition of happiness; infancy, exuberant with joy,—ranged side by side. The sober-suited grandmother, rich in ex- perience, had seen sunshine and shadow fall upon ninety- [5] six years. Four generations sat at that dinner-table. The rich viands made busy many appetites; but, what of the poor! Willingly—though I take no stock in spirit-rappings—would I have had the table give a spiritual groan for the unfeasted ones. [10]

Under the skilful carving of the generous host, the mammoth turkey grew beautifully less. His was the glory to vie with guests in the dexterous use of knife and fork, until delicious pie, pudding, and fruit caused un- conditional surrender. [15]

And the baby! Why, he made a big hole, with two incisors, in a big pippin, and bit the finger presump- tuously poked into the little mouth to arrest the peel! Then he was caught walking! one, two, three steps,— and papa knew that he could walk, but grandpa was [20] taken napping. Now! baby has tumbled, soft as thistle- down, on the floor; and instead of a real set-to at crying, a look of cheer and a toy from mamma bring the soft little palms patting together, and pucker the rosebud mouth into saying, "Oh, pretty!" That was a scientific [25] baby; and his first sitting-at-table on Thanksgiving Day— yes, and his little rainbowy life—brought sunshine to every heart. How many homes echo such tones of heartfelt joy on Thanksgiving Day! But, alas! for the desolate home; for the tear-filled eyes looking longingly [30] at the portal through which the loved one comes not, or gazing silently on the vacant seat at fireside and board—

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God comfort them all! we inwardly prayed—but the [1] memory was too much; and, turning from it, in a bumper of pudding-sauce we drank to peace, and plenty, and happy households.

Christian Science

This age is reaching out towards the perfect Principle of things; is pushing towards perfection in art, inven- tion, and manufacture. Why, then, should religion be stereotyped, and we not obtain a more perfect and prac- tical Christianity? It will never do to be behind the [10] times in things most essential, which proceed from the standard of right that regulates human destiny. Human skill but foreshadows what is next to appear as its divine origin. Proportionately as we part with material systems and theories, personal doctrines and dogmas, meekly to [15] ascend the hill of Science, shall we reach the maximum of perfection in all things.

Spirit is omnipotent; hence a more spiritual Chris- tianity will be one having more power, having perfected in Science that most important of all arts,—healing. [20]

Metaphysical healing, or Christian Science, is a de- mand of the times. Every man and every woman would desire and demand it, if he and she knew its infinite value and firm basis. The unerring and fixed Principle of all healing is God; and this Principle should be [25] sought from the love of good, from the most spiritual and unselfish motives. Then will it be understood to be of God, and not of man; and this will prevent mankind from striking out promiscuously, teaching and practising

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in the name of Science without knowing its fundamental [1] Principle.

It is important to know that a malpractice of the best system will result in the worst form of medicine. More- over, the feverish, disgusting pride of those who call [5] themselves metaphysicians or Scientists,—but are such in name only,—fanned by the breath of mental mal- practice, is the death's-head at the feast of Truth; the monkey in harlequin jacket that will retard the onward march of life-giving Science, if not understood and with- [10] stood, and so strangled in its attempts.

The standard of metaphysical healing is traduced by thinking to put into the old garment of drugging the new cloth of metaphysics; or by trying to twist the fatal magnetic force of mortal mind, termed hypnotism, into [15] a more fashionable cut and naming that "mind-cure," or—which is still worse in the eyes of Truth—terming it metaphysics! Substituting good words for a good life, fair-seeming for straightforward character, mental mal- practice for the practice of true medicine, is a poor shift [20] for the weak and worldly who think the standard of Christian Science too high for them.

What think you of a scientist in mathematics who finds fault with the exactness of the rule because unwilling to work hard enough to practise it? The perfection of the [25] rule of Christian Science is what constitutes its utility: having a true standard, if some fall short, others will approach it; and these are they only who adhere to that standard.

Matter must be understood as a false belief or product so [30] of mortal mind: whence we learn that sensation is not in matter, but in this so-called mind; that we see and

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feel disease only by reason of our belief in it: then shall [1] matter remain no longer to blind us to Spirit, and clog the wheels of progress. We spread our wings in vain when we attempt to mount above error by speculative views of Truth. [5]

Love is the Principle of divine Science; and Love is not learned of the material senses, nor gained by a culpa- ble attempt to seem what we have not lifted ourselves to be, namely, a Christian. In love for man, we gain a true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we [10] reach this spiritual sense, and rise—and still rise—to things most essential and divine. What hinders man's progress is his vain conceit, the Phariseeism of the times, also his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work; errors which can never find a place in Science. Empiri- [15] cal knowledge is worse than useless: it never has advanced man a single step in the scale of being.

That one should have ventured on such unfamiliar ground, and, self-forgetful, should have gone on to estab- lish this mighty system of metaphysical healing, called [20] Christian Science, against such odds,—even the entire current of mortality,—is matter of grave wonderment to profound thinkers. That, in addition to this, she has made some progress, has seen far into the spiritual facts of be- ing which constitute physical and mental perfection, in [25] the midst of an age so sunken in sin and sensuality, seems to them still more inconceivable.

In this new departure of metaphysics, God is regarded more as absolute, supreme; and Christ is clad with a richer illumination as our Saviour from sickness, sin, [30] and death. God's fatherliness as Life, Truth, and Love, makes His sovereignty glorious.

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By this system, too, man has a changed recognition [1] of his relation to God. He is no longer obliged to sin, be sick, and die to reach heaven, but is required and em- powered to conquer sin, sickness, and death; thus, as image and likeness, to reflect Him who destroys death [5] and hell. By this reflection, man becomes the partaker of that Mind whence sprang the universe.

In Christian Science, progress is demonstration, not doctrine. This Science is ameliorative and regenerative, delivering mankind from all error through the light and [10] love of Truth. It gives to the race loftier desires and new possibilities. It lays the axe at the root of the tree of knowledge, to cut down all that bringeth not forth good fruit; "and blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." It touches mind to more spiritual issues, sys- [15] tematizes action, gives a keener sense of Truth and a stronger desire for it.

Hungering and thirsting after a better life, we shall have it, and become Christian Scientists; learn God aright, and know something of the ideal man, the real [20] man, harmonious and eternal. This movement of thought must push on the ages: it must start the wheels of reason aright, educate the affections to higher resources, and leave Christianity unbiased by the superstitions of a senior period. [25]


Who that has tried to follow the divine precept, "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them," has not suffered from the

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situation?—has not found that human passions in their [1] reaction have misjudged motives?

Throughout our experience since undertaking the labor of uplifting the race, we have been made the re- pository of little else than the troubles, indiscretions, [5] and errors of others; until thought has shrunk from contact with family difficulties, and become weary with study to counsel wisely whenever giving advice on per- sonal topics.

To the child complaining of his parents we have said, [10] "Love and honor thy parents, and yield obedience to them in all that is right; but you have the rights of con- science, as we all have, and must follow God in all your ways."

When yielding to constant solicitations of husband or [15] wife to give, to one or the other, advice concerning diffi- culties and the best way to overcome them, we have done this to the best of our ability,—and always with the pur- pose to restore harmony and prevent dishonor. In such cases we have said, "Take no counsel of a mortal, even [20] though it be your best friend; but be guided by God alone;" meaning by this, Be not estranged from each other by anything that is said to you, but seek in divine Love the remedy for all human discord.

Yet, notwithstanding one's good intentions, in some [25] way or at some step in one's efforts to help another, as a general rule, one will be blamed for all that is not right: but this must not deter us from doing our duty, whatever else may appear, and at whatever cost.

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The olden opinion that hell is fire and brimstone, has yielded somewhat to the metaphysical fact that suffering is a thing of mortal mind instead of body: so, in place of material flames and odor, mental anguish is generally [5] accepted as the penalty for sin. This changed belief has wrought a change in the actions of men. Not a few individuals serve God (or try to) from fear; but remove that fear, and the worst of human passions belch forth their latent fires. Some people never repent until earth [10] gives them such a cup of gall that conscience strikes home; then they are brought to realize how impossible it is to sin and not suffer. All the different phases of error in human nature the reformer must encounter and help to eradicate. [15]

This period is not essentially one of conscience: few feel and live now as when this nation began, and our forefathers' prayers blended with the murmuring winds of their forest home. This is a period of doubt, inquiry, speculation, selfishness; of divided interests, marvellous [20] good, and mysterious evil. But sin can only work out its own destruction; and reform does and must push on the growth of mankind.

Honor to faithful merit is delayed, and always has been; but it is sure to follow. The very streets through [25] which Garrison was dragged were draped in honor of the dead hero who did the hard work, the immortal work, of loosing the fetters of one form of human slavery. I remember, when a girl, and he visited my father, how a childish fear clustered round his coming. I had heard [30]

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the awful story that "he helped 'niggers' kill the white [1] folks!" Even the loving children are sometimes made to believe a lie, and to hate reformers. It is pleasant, now, to contrast with that childhood's wrong the reverence of my riper years for all who dare to be true, honest to [5] their convictions, and strong of purpose.

The reformer has no time to give in defense of his own life's incentive, since no sacrifice is too great for the silent endurance of his love. What has not unselfed love achieved for the race? All that ever was accomplished, [10] and more than history has yet recorded. The reformer works on unmentioned, save when he is abused or his work is utilized in the interest of somebody. He may labor for the establishment of a cause which is fraught with infinite blessings,—health, virtue, and heaven; [15] but what of all that? Who should care for everybody? It is enough, say they, to care for a few. Yet the good is done, and the love that foresees more to do, stimulate philanthropy and are an ever-present reward. Let one's life answer well these questions, and it already hath a [20] benediction:

Have you renounced self? Are you faithful? Do you love?

Mrs. Eddy Sick

The frequent public allegement that I am "sick, unable [25] to speak a loud word," or that I died of palsy, and am dead,—is but another evidence of the falsehoods kept constantly before the public.

While I accord these evil-mongers due credit for their

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desire, let me say to you, dear reader: Call at the [1] Massachusetts Metaphysical College, in 1889, and judge for yourself whether I can talk—and laugh too! I never was in better health. I have had but four days' vacation for the past year, and am about to com- [5] mence a large class in Christian Science. Lecturing, writing, preaching, teaching, etc., give fair proof that my shadow is not growing less; and substance is taking larger proportions.

"I've Got Cold"

Out upon the sidewalk one winter morning, I observed a carriage draw up before a stately mansion; a portly gentleman alight, and take from his carriage the ominous hand-trunk.

"Ah!" thought I, "somebody has to take it; and what [15] may the potion be?"

Just then a tiny, sweet face appeared in the vestibule, and red nose, suffused eyes, cough, and tired look, told the story; but, looking up quaintly, the poor child said,—

"I've got cold, doctor." [20]

Her apparent pride at sharing in a popular influenza was comical. However, her dividend, when compared with that of the household stockholders, was new; and doubtless their familiarity with what the stock paid, made them more serious over it. [25]

What if that sweet child, so bravely confessing that she had something that she ought not to have, and which mamma thought must be gotten rid of, had been taught the value of saying even more bravely, and believing it,— [30]

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"I have not got cold." [1]

Why, the doctor's squills and bills would have been avoided; and through the cold air the little one would have been bounding with sparkling eyes, and ruby cheeks painted and fattened by metaphysical hygiene. [5]

Parents and doctors must not take the sweet freshness out of the children's lives by that flippant caution, "You will get cold."

Predicting danger does not dignify life, whereas fore- casting liberty and joy does; for these are strong pro- [10] moters of health and happiness. All education should contribute to moral and physical strength and freedom. If a cold could get into the body without the assent of mind, nature would take it out as gently, or let it remain as harmlessly, as it takes the frost out of the ground or [15] puts it into the ice-cream to the satisfaction of all.

The sapling bends to the breeze, while the sturdy oak, with form and inclination fixed, breasts the tornado. It is easier to incline the early thought rightly, than the biased mind. Children not mistaught, naturally love [20] God; for they are pure-minded, affectionate, and gen- erally brave. Passions, appetites, pride, selfishness, have slight sway over the fresh, unbiased thought.

Teach the children early self-government, and teach them nothing that is wrong. If they see their father with [25] a cigarette in his mouth—suggest to them that the habit of smoking is not nice, and that nothing but a loathsome worm naturally chews tobacco. Likewise soberly inform them that "Battle-Axe Plug" takes off men's heads; or, leaving these on, that it takes from their bodies a sweet [30] something which belongs to nature,—namely, pure odors.

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From a religious point of view, the faith of both youth [1] and adult should centre as steadfastly in God to benefit the body, as to benefit the mind. Body and mind are correlated in man's salvation; for man will no more enter heaven sick than as a sinner, and Christ's Christi- [5] anity casts out sickness as well as sin of every sort.

Test, if you will, metaphysical healing on two patients: one having morals to be healed, the other having a physi- cal ailment. Use as your medicine the great alterative, Truth: give to the immoralist a mental dose that says, [10] "You have no pleasure in sin," and witness the effects.

Either he will hate you, and try to make others do like- wise, so taking a dose of error big enough apparently to neutralize your Truth, else he will doubtingly await the result; during which interim, by constant combat and [15] direful struggles, you get the victory and Truth heals him of the moral malady.

On the other hand, to the bedridden sufferer admin- ister this alternative Truth: "God never made you sick: there is no necessity for pain; and Truth destroys the [20] error that insists on the necessity of any man's bondage to sin and sickness. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' "

Then, like blind Bartimeus, the doubting heart looks up through faith, and your patient rejoices in the gospel [25] of health.

Thus, you see, it is easier to heal the physical than the moral ailment. When divine Truth and Love heal, of sin, the sinner who is at ease in sin, how much more should these heal, of sickness, the sick who are dis-eased, dis- [30] comforted, and who long for relief!

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"Prayer And Healing"

The article of Professor T——, having the above cap- [1] tion, published in Zion's Herald, December third, came not to my notice until January ninth. In it the Professor offered me, as President of the Metaphysical College in Boston, or one of my students, the liberal sum of one [5] thousand dollars if either would reset certain dislocations without the use of hands, and two thousand dollars if either would give sight to one born blind.

Will the gentleman accept my thanks due to his gener- [10] osity; for, if I should accept his bid on Christianity, he would lose his money.


Because I performed more difficult tasks fifteen years ago. At present, I am in another department of Christian [15] work, "where there shall no signs be given them," for they shall be instructed in the Principle of Christian Science that furnishes its own proof.

But, to reward his liberality, I offer him three thou- sand dollars if he will heal one single case of opium-eating [20] where the patient is very low and taking morphine powder in its most concentrated form, at the rate of one ounce in two weeks,—having taken it twenty years; and he is to cure that habit in three days, leaving the patient well. I cured precisely such a case in 1869. [25]

Also, Mr. C. M. H——, of Boston, formerly partner of George T. Brown, pharmacist, No. 5 Beacon St., will tell you that he was my student in December, 1884; and that before leaving the class he took a patient thoroughly addicted to the use of opium—if she went without it [30]

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twenty-four hours she would have delirium—and in [1] forty-eight hours cured her perfectly of this habit, with no bad results, but with decided improvement in health.

I have not yet made surgery one of the mental branches [5] taught in my college; although students treat sprains, contusions, etc., successfully. In the case of sprain of the wrist-joint, where the regular doctor had put on splints and bandages to remain six weeks, a student of mine removed these appliances the same day and effected the [10] cure in less than one week. Reference, Mrs. M. A. F——, 107 Eutaw Street, East Boston.

I agree with the Professor, that every system of medi- cine claims more than it practises. If the system is Science, it includes of necessity the Principle, which the learner [15] can demonstrate only in proportion as he understands it. Boasting is unbecoming a mortal's poor performances. My Christian students are proverbially modest: their works alone should declare them, since my system of medi- cine is not generally understood. There are charlatans [20] in "mind-cure," who practise on the basis of matter, or human will, not Mind.

The Professor alludes to Paul's advice to Timothy. Did he refer to that questionable counsel, "Take a little wine for thy stomach's sake"? Even doctors disagree [25] on that prescription: some of the medical faculty will tell you that alcoholic drinks cause the coats of the stomach to thicken and the organ to contract; will prevent the secretions of the gastric juice, and induce ulceration, bleeding, vomiting, death. [30]

Again, the Professor quotes, in justification of material methods, and as veritable: "He took a bone from the

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side of Adam, closed up the wound thereof, and builded [1] up the woman." (Gen. ii. 21.)

Here we have the Professor on the platform of Christian Science! even a "surgical operation" that he says was performed by divine power,—Mind alone constructing [5] the human system, before surgical instruments were invented, and closing the incisions of the flesh.

He further states that God cannot save the soul without compliance to ordained conditions. But, we ask, have those conditions named in Genesis been perpetuated in [10] the multiplication of mankind? And, are the conditions of salvation mental, or physical; are they bodily penance and torture, or repentance and reform, which are the action of mind?

He asks, "Has the law been abrogated that demands [15] the employment of visible agencies for specific ends?"

Will he accept my reply as derived from the life and teachings of Jesus?—who annulled the so-called laws of matter by the higher law of Spirit, causing him to walk the wave, turn the water into wine, make the blind to see, [20] the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the dead to be raised without matter-agencies. And he did this for man's example; not to teach himself, but others, the way of healing and salvation. He said, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold." [25]

The teachings and demonstration of Jesus were for all peoples and for all time; not for a privileged class or a restricted period, but for as many as should believe in him.

Are the discoverers of quinine, cocaine, etc., espe- [30] cially the children of our Lord because of their medical discoveries?

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We have no record showing that our Master ever used, [1] or recommended others to use, drugs; but we have his words, and the prophet's, as follows: "Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink?" "And Asa ... sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. [5] And Asa slept with his fathers."

Veritas Odium Parit

The combined efforts of the materialistic portion of the pulpit and press in 1885, to retard by misrepresen- tation the stately goings of Christian Science, are giving [10] it new impetus and energy; calling forth the vox populi and directing more critical observation to its uplifting influence upon the health, morals, and spirituality of mankind.

Their movements indicate fear and weakness, a physi- [15] cal and spiritual need that Christian Science should re- move with glorious results. The conclusion cannot now be pushed, that women have no rights that man is bound to respect. This is woman's hour, in all the good tend- encies, charities, and reforms of to-day. It is difficult [20] to say which may be most mischievous to the human heart, the praise or the dispraise of men.

I have loved the Church and followed it, thinking that it was following Christ; but, if the pulpit allows the people to go no further in the direction of Christlikeness, and [25] rejects apostolic Christianity, seeking to stereotype infinite Truth, it is a thing to be thankful for that one can walk alone the straight and narrow way; that, in the words of Wendell Phillips, "one with God is a majority."

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It is the pulpit and press, clerical robes and the pro- [1] hibiting of free speech, that cradles and covers the sins of the world,—all unmitigated systems of crime; and it requires the enlightenment of these worthies, through civil and religious reform, to blot out all inhuman codes. [5] It was the Southern pulpit and press that influenced the people to wrench from man both human and divine rights, in order to subserve the interests of wealth, religious caste, civil and political power. And the pulpit had to be purged of that sin by human gore,—when the love of [10] Christ would have washed it divinely away in Christian Science!

The cry of the colored slave has scarcely been heard and hushed, when from another direction there comes another sharp cry of oppression. Another form of inhumanity [15] lifts its hydra head to forge anew the old fetters; to shackle conscience, stop free speech, slander, vilify; to invite its prey, then turn and refuse the victim a solitary vindication in this most unprecedented warfare.

A conflict more terrible than the battle of Gettysburg [20] awaits the crouching wrong that refused to yield its prey the peace of a desert, when a voice was heard crying in the wilderness,—the spiritual famine of 1866, —"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight." [25]

Shall religious intolerance, arrayed against the rights of man, again deluge the earth in blood? The question at issue with mankind is: Shall we have a spiritual Chris- tianity and a spiritual healing, or a materialistic religion and a materia medica? [30]

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error and heal the sick, wisely demand for man his God- [1] given heritage, both human and divine rights; namely, that his honest convictions and proofs of advancing truth be allowed due consideration, and treated not as pearls trampled upon. [5]

Those familiar with my history are more tolerant; those who know me, know that I found health in just what I teach. I have professed Christianity a half-century; and now I calmly challenge the world, upon fair investigation, to furnish a single instance of departure in one of my [10] works from the highest possible ethics.

The charges against my views are false, but natural, since those bringing them do not understand my state- ment of the Science I introduce, and are unwilling to be taught it, even gratuitously. If they did understand it, they [15] could demonstrate this Science by healing the sick; hence the injustice of their interpretations.

To many, the healing force developed by Christian Science seems a mystery, because they do not understand that Spirit controls body. They acknowledge the exist- [20] ence of mortal mind, but believe it to reside in matter of the brain; but that man is the idea of infinite Mind, is not so easily accepted. That which is temporary seems, to the common estimate, solid and substantial. It is much easier for people to believe that the body [25] affects mind, than that the body is an expression of mind, and reflects harmony or discord according to thought.

Everything that God created, He pronounced good. He never made sickness. Hence that is only an evil belief [30] of mortal mind, which must be met, in every instance, with a denial by Truth.

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This is the "new tongue," the language of them that [1] "lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover," whose spiritual interpretation they refuse to hear. For instance: the literal meaning of the passage "lay hands on the sick" would be manipulation; its moral meaning, found in the [5] "new tongue," is spiritual power,—as, in another Scripture, "I will triumph in the works of Thy hands."


The Greeks showed a just estimate of the person they called slanderer, when they made the word synonymous [10] with devil. If the simple falsehoods uttered about me were compounded, the mixture would be labelled thus: "Religionists' mistaken views of Mrs. Eddy's book, 'Sci- ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and the malice aforethought of sinners." [15]

That I take opium; that I am an infidel, a mesmerist, a medium, a "pantheist;" or that my hourly life is prayerless, or not in strict obedience to the Mosaic Decalogue,— is not more true than that I am dead, as is oft reported. The St. Louis Democrat is alleged to have reported my [20] demise, and to have said that I died of poison, and bequeathed my property to Susan Anthony.

The opium falsehood has only this to it: Many years ago my regular physician prescribed morphine, which I took, when he could do no more for me. Afterwards, [25] the glorious revelations of Christian Science saved me from that necessity and made me well, since which time I have not taken drugs, with the following exception: When the mental malpractice of poisoning people was

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first undertaken by a mesmerist, to test that malprac- [1] tice I experimented by taking some large doses of mor- phine, to see if Christian Science could not obviate its effect; and I say with tearful thanks, "The drug had no effect upon me whatever." The hour has struck, [5] —"If they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them."

The false report that I have appropriated other people's manuscripts in my works, has been met and answered legally. Both in private and public life, and especially [10] through my teachings, it is well known that I am not a spiritualist, a pantheist, or prayerless. The most devout members of evangelical churches will say this, as well as my intimate acquaintances. None are permitted to re- main in my College building whose morals are not un- [15] questionable. I have neither purchased nor ordered a drug since my residence in Boston; and to my knowledge, not one has been sent to my house, unless it was something to remove stains or vermin.

The report that I was dead arose no doubt from the [20] combined efforts of some malignant students, expelled from my College for immorality, to kill me: of their mental design to do this I have proof, but no fear. My heavenly Father will never leave me comfortless, in the amplitude of His love; coming nearer in my need, more tenderly to [25] save and bless.


What a word! I am in awe before it. Over what worlds on worlds it hath range and is sovereign! the un-

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derived, the incomparable, the infinite All of good, the [1] alone God, is Love.

By what strange perversity is the best become the most abused,—either as a quality or as an entity? Mortals misrepresent and miscall affection; they make it what [5] it is not, and doubt what it is. The so-called affection pursuing its victim is a butcher fattening the lamb to slay it. What the lower propensities express, should be repressed by the sentiments. No word is more mis- construed; no sentiment less understood. The divine [10] significance of Love is distorted into human qualities, which in their human abandon become jealousy and hate.

Love is not something put upon a shelf, to be taken down on rare occasions with sugar-tongs and laid on a [15] rose-leaf. I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. Unless these appear, I cast aside the word as a sham and counterfeit, having no ring of the true metal. Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or [20] goodness without activity and power. As a human quality, the glorious significance of affection is more than words: it is the tender, unselfish deed done in secret; the silent, ceaseless prayer; the self-forgetful heart that overflows; the veiled form stealing on an errand of mercy, out of a [25] side door; the little feet tripping along the sidewalk; the gentle hand opening the door that turns toward want and woe, sickness and sorrow, and thus lighting the dark places of earth.

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Address On The Fourth Of July At Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., Before 2,500 Members Of The Mother Church, 1897

My beloved brethren, who have come all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic shore, from the Palmetto to the [5] Pine Tree State, I greet you; my hand may not touch yours to-day, but my heart will with tenderness untalkable.

His Honor, Mayor Woodworth, has welcomed you to Concord most graciously, voicing the friendship of this city and of my native State—loyal to the heart's core to [10] religion, home, friends, and country.

To-day we commemorate not only our nation's civil and religious freedom, but a greater even, the liberty of the sons of God, the inalienable rights and radiant reality of Christianity, whereof our Master said: "The works [15] that I do shall he do;" and, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation" (with knowledge obtained from the senses), but "the kingdom of God is within you,"— within the present possibilities of mankind.

Think of this inheritance! Heaven right here, where [20] angels are as men, clothed more lightly, and men as angels who, burdened for an hour, spring into liberty, and the good they would do, that they do, and the evil they would not do, that they do not.

From the falling leaves of old-time faiths men learn a [25] parable of the period, that all error, physical, moral, or religious, will fall before Truth demonstrated, even as dry leaves fall to enrich the soil for fruitage.

Sin, sickness, and disease flee before the evangel of Truth as the mountain mists before the sun. Truth is [30]

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the tonic for the sick, and this medicine of Mind is not [1] necessarily infinitesimal but infinite. Herein the mental medicine of divine metaphysics and the medical systems of allopathy and homoeopathy differ. Mental medi- cine gains no potency by attenuation, and its largest [5] dose is never dangerous, but the more the better in every case.

Christian Science classifies thought thus: Right thoughts are reality and power; wrong thoughts are unreality and powerless, possessing the nature of dreams. Good thoughts [10] are potent; evil thoughts are impotent, and they should appear thus. Continuing this category, we learn that sick thoughts are unreality and weakness; while healthy thoughts are reality and strength. My proof of these novel propositions is demonstration, whereby any man [15] can satisfy himself of their verity.

Christian Science is not only the acme of Science but the crown of Christianity. It is universal. It ap- peals to man as man; to the whole and not to a por- tion; to man physically, as well as spiritually, and to all [20] mankind.

It has one God. It demonstrates the divine Principle, rules and practice of the great healer and master of meta- physics, Jesus of Nazareth. It spiritualizes religion and restores its lost element, namely, healing the sick. It [25] consecrates and inspires the teacher and preacher; it equips the doctor with safe and sure medicine; it en- courages and empowers the business man and secures the success of honesty. It is the dear children's toy and strong tower; the wise man's spiritual dictionary; the [30] poor man's money; yea, it is the pearl priceless whereof our Master said, if a man findeth, he goeth and selleth

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all that he hath and buyeth it. Buyeth it! Note the [1] scope of that saying, even that Christianity is not merely a gift, as St. Paul avers, but is bought with a price, a great price; and what man knoweth as did our Master its value, and the price that he paid for it? [5]

Friends, I am not enough the new woman of the period for outdoor speaking, and the incidental platform is not broad enough for me, but the speakers that will now ad- dress you—one a congressman—may improve our platforms; and make amends for the nothingness of [10] matter with the allness of Mind.

Well Doinge Is The Fruite Of Doinge Well


This period is big with events. Fraught with history, it repeats the past and portends much for the future. [15]

The Scriptural metaphors,—of the woman in travail, the great red dragon that stood ready to devour the child as soon as it was born, and the husbandmen that said, "This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the in- heritance may be ours,"—are type and shadow of this [20] hour.

A mother's love touches the heart of God, and should it not appeal to human sympathy? Can a mother tell her child one tithe of the agonies that gave that child birth? Can that child conceive of the anguish, until she [25] herself is become a mother?

Do the children of this period dream of the spiritual Mother's sore travail, through the long night, that has opened their eyes to the light of Christian Science? Cherish

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these new-born children that filial obedience to which the [1] Decalogue points with promise of prosperity? Should not the loving warning, the far-seeing wisdom, the gentle entreaty, the stern rebuke have been heeded, in return for all that love which brooded tireless over their tender [5] years? for all that love that hath fed them with Truth,— even the bread that cometh down from heaven,—as the mother-bird tendeth her young in the rock-ribbed nest of the raven's callow brood!

And what of the hope of that parent whose children [10] rise up against her; when brother slays brother, and the strength of union grows weak with wickedness? The victim of mad ambition that saith, "This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours," goes on to learn that he must at last [15] kill this evil in "self" in order to gain the kingdom of God.

Envy, the great red dragon of this hour, would obscure the light of Science, take away a third part of the stars from the spiritual heavens, and cast them to the earth. [20] This is not Science. Per contra, it is the mortal mind sense—mental healing on a material basis—hurling its so-called healing at random, filling with hate its deluded victims, or resting in silly peace upon the laurels of headlong human will. "What shall, therefore, [25] the Lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others."

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Little Gods

It is sometimes said, cynically, that Christian Scien- tists set themselves on pedestals, as so many petty deities; but there is no fairness or propriety in the aspersion.

Man is not equal to his Maker. That which is formed [5] is not cause, but effect; and has no underived power. But it is possible, and dutiful, to throw the weight of thought and action on the side of right, and to be thus lifted up.

Man should be found not claiming equality with, but [10] growing into, that altitude of Mind which was in Christ Jesus. He should comprehend, in divine Science, a recognition of what the apostle meant when he said: "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; [15] heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ."

Advantage Of Mind-Healing

It is sometimes asked, What are the advantages of your system of healing?

I claim for healing by Christian Science the following [20] advantages:—

First: It does away with material medicine, and rec- ognizes the fact that the antidote for sickness, as well as for sin, may be found in God, the divine Mind.

Second: It is more effectual than drugs, and cures [25] where they fail, because it is this divine antidote, and metaphysics is above physics.

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Third: Persons who have been healed by Christian [1] Science are not only cured of their belief in disease, but they are at the same time improved morally. The body is governed by Mind, and mortal mind must be corrected in order to make the body harmonious. [5]

A Card

While gratefully acknowledging the public confidence manifested in daily letters that protest against receiving instruction in the Massachusetts Metaphysical College from any other than Mrs. Eddy, I feel, deeply, that of [10] necessity this imposes on me the severe task of remaining at present a public servant: also, that this must prevent my classes from forming as frequently as was an- nounced in the October number of the Journal, and necessitates receiving but a select number of students. [15] To meet the old impediment, lack of time, that has oc- casioned the irregular intervals between my class terms, I shall continue to send to each applicant a notice from one to two weeks previous to the opening term.


Spirit And Law

We are accustomed to think and to speak of gravitation as a law of matter; while every quality of matter, in and of itself, is inert, inanimate, and non-intelligent. The assertion that matter is a law, or a lawgiver, is [25] anomalous. Wherever law is, Mind is; and the notion

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that Mind can be in matter is rank infidelity, which either [1] excludes God from the universe, or includes Him in every mode and form of evil. Pantheism presupposes that God sleeps in the mineral, dreams in the animal, and wakes in a wicked man. [5]

The distinction between that which is and that which is not law, must be made by Mind and as Mind. Law is either a moral or an immoral force. The law of God is the law of Spirit, a moral and spiritual force of immor- tal and divine Mind. The so-called law of matter is an [10] immoral force of erring mortal mind, alias the minds of mortals. This so-called force, or law, at work in nature as a power, prohibition, or license, is cruel and merciless. It punishes the innocent, and repays our best deeds with sacrifice and suffering. It is a code whose modes [15] trifle with joy, and lead to immediate or ultimate death. It fosters suspicion where confidence is due, fear where courage is requisite, reliance where there should be avoidance, a belief in safety where there is most danger. Our Master called it "a murderer from the [20] beginning."

Electricity, governed by this so-called law, sparkles on the cloud, and strikes down the hoary saint. Floods swallow up homes and households; and childhood, age, and manhood go down in the death-dealing wave. Earth- [25] quakes engulf cities, churches, schools, and mortals. Cyclones kill and destroy, desolating the green earth. This pitiless power smites with disease the good Samari- tan ministering to his neighbor's need. Even the chamber where the good man surrenders to death is not exempt [30] from this law. Smoothing the pillow of pain may infect you with smallpox, according to this lawless law which

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dooms man to die for loving his neighbor as himself,— [1] when Christ has said that love is the fulfilling of the law.

Our great Ensample, Jesus of Nazareth, met and abol- ished this unrelenting false claim of matter with the [5] righteous scorn and power of Spirit. When, through Mind, he restored sight to the blind, he figuratively and literally spat upon matter; and, anointing the wounded spirit with the great truth that God is All, he demon- strated the healing power and supremacy of the law of [10] Life and Love.

In the spiritual Genesis of creation, all law was vested in the Lawgiver, who was a law to Himself. In divine Science, God is One and All; and, governing Himself, He governs the universe. This is the law of creation: [15] "My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart." And that infinite Mind governs all things. On this infinite Principle of freedom, God named Him- self, I AM. Error, or Adam, might give names to itself, and call Mind by the name of matter, but error could [20] neither name nor demonstrate Spirit. The name, I AM, indicated no personality that could be paralleled with it; but it did declare a mighty individuality, even the everlasting Father, as infinite consciousness, ever-presence, omnipotence; as all law, Life, Truth, and [25] Love.

God's interpretation of Himself furnishes man with the only suitable or true idea of Him; and the divine definition of Deity differs essentially from the human. It interprets the law of Spirit, not of matter. It explains [30] the eternal dynamics of being, and shows that nature and man are as harmonious to-day as in the beginning,

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when "all things were made by Him; and without Him [1] was not any thing made."

Whatever appears to be law, but partakes not of the nature of God, is not law, but is what Jesus declared it, "a liar, and the father of it." God is the law of Life, [5] not of death; of health, not of sickness; of good, not of evil. It is this infinitude and oneness of good that silences the supposition that evil is a claimant or a claim. The consciousness of good has no consciousness or knowl- edge of evil; and evil is not a quality to be known or [10] eliminated by good: while iniquity, too evil to conceive of good as being unlike itself, declares that God knows iniquity!

When the Lawgiver was the only law of creation, free- dom reigned, and was the heritage of man; but this [15] freedom was the moral power of good, not of evil: it was divine Science, in which God is supreme, and the only law of being. In this eternal harmony of Science, man is not fallen: he is governed in the same rhythm that the Scripture describes, when "the morning stars [20] sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy."


The spiritual elevator of the human race, physically, morally, and Christianly, is the truism that Truth dem- onstrates good, and is natural; while error, or evil, [25] is really non-existent, and must have produced its own illusion,—for it belongs not to nature nor to God. Truth is the power of God which heals the sick and the sinner, and is applicable to all the needs of man. It is the uni-

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versal, intelligent Christ-idea illustrated by the life of [1] Jesus, through whose "stripes we are healed." By con- flicts, defeats, and triumphs, Christian Science has been reduced to the understanding of mortals, and found able to heal them. [5]

Pagan mysticism, Grecian philosophy, or Jewish reli- gion, never entered into the line of Jesus' thought or action. His faith partook not of drugs, matter, nor of the travesties of mortal mind. The divine Mind was his only instrumentality and potency, in religion or medi- [10] cine. The Principle of his cure was God, in the laws of Spirit, not of matter; and these laws annulled all other laws.

Jesus knew that erring mortal thought holds only in itself the supposition of evil, and that sin, sickness, and [15] death are its subjective states; also, that pure Mind is the truth of being that subjugates and destroys any sup- positional or elementary opposite to Him who is All.

Truth is supreme and omnipotent. Then, whatever else seemeth to be intelligence or power is false, delud- [20] ing reason and denying revelation, and seeking to dethrone Deity. The truth of Mind-healing uplifts mankind, by acknowledging pure Mind as absolute and entire, and that evil is naught, although it seems to be.

Pure Mind gives out an atmosphere that heals and [25] saves. Words are not always the auxiliaries of Truth. The spirit, and not the letter, performs the vital func- tions of Truth and Love. Mind, imbued with this Science of healing, is a law unto itself, needing neither license nor prohibition; but lawless mind, with unseen motives, [30] and silent mental methods whereby it may injure the race, is the highest attenuation of evil.

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Again: evil, as mind, is doomed, already sentenced, [1] punished; for suffering is commensurate with evil, and lasts as long as the evil. As mind, evil finds no escape from itself; and the sin and suffering it occasions can only be removed by reformation. [5]

According to divine law, sin and suffering are not cancelled by repentance or pardon. Christian Science not only elucidates but demonstrates this verity of be- ing; namely, that mortals suffer from the wrong they commit, whether intentionally or ignorantly; that every [10] effect and amplification of wrong will revert to the wrong- doer, until he pays his full debt to divine law, and the measure he has meted is measured to him again, full, pressed down, and running over. Surely "the way of the transgressor is hard." [15]

In this law of justice, the atonement of Christ loses no efficacy. Justice is the handmaid of mercy, and show- eth mercy by punishing sin. Jesus said, "I came not to destroy the law,"—the divine requirements typified in the law of Moses,—"but to fulfil it" in righteousness, [20] by Truth's destroying error. No greater type of divine Love can be presented than effecting so glorious a purpose. This spirit of sacrifice always has saved, and still saves mankind; but by mankind I mean mortals, or a kind of men after man's own making. Man as God's idea [25] is already saved with an everlasting salvation. It is impossible to be a Christian Scientist without apprehend- ing the moral law so clearly that, for conscience' sake, one will either abandon his claim to even a knowledge of this Science, or else make the claim valid. All Science [30] is divine. Then, to be Science, it must produce physical and moral harmony.

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Dear readers, our Journal is designed to bring health [1] and happiness to all households wherein it is permitted to enter, and to confer increased power to be good and to do good. If you wish to brighten so pure a purpose, you will aid our prospect of fulfilling it by your kind [5] patronage of The Christian Science Journal, now enter- ing upon its fifth volume, clad in Truth-healing's new and costly spring dress.

Heart To Heart

When the heart speaks, however simple the words, [10] its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.

I just want to say, I thank you, my dear students, who are at work conscientiously and assiduously, for the good you are doing. I am grateful to you for giving to the [15] sick relief from pain; for giving joy to the suffering and hope to the disconsolate; for lifting the fallen and strength- ening the weak, and encouraging the heart grown faint with hope deferred. We are made glad by the divine Love which looseth the chains of sickness and sin, open- [20] ing the prison doors to such as are bound; and we should be more grateful than words can express, even through this white-winged messenger, our Journal.

With all the homage beneath the skies, yet were our burdens heavy but for the Christ-love that makes them [25] light and renders the yoke easy. Having his word, you have little need of words of approval and encouragement from me. Perhaps it is even selfish in me sometimes to relieve my heart of its secrets, because I take so much

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pleasure in thus doing; but if my motives are sinister, [1] they will harm myself only, and I shall have the unself- ish joy of knowing that the wrong motives are not yours, to react on yourselves.

These two words in Scripture suggest the sweetest [5] similes to be found in any language—rock and feathers: "Upon this rock I will build my church;" "He shall cover thee with His feathers." How blessed it is to think of you as "beneath the shadow of a great rock in a weary land," safe in His strength, building on His [10] foundation, and covered from the devourer by divine protection and affection. Always bear in mind that His presence, power, and peace meet all human needs and reflect all bliss.

Things To Be Thought Of

The need of their teacher's counsel, felt by students, [16] especially by those at a distance, working assiduously for our common Cause,—and their constant petitions for the same, should be met in the most effectual way.

To be responsible for supplying this want, and poise [20] the wavering balance on the right side, is impracticable without a full knowledge of the environments. The educational system of Christian Science lacks the aid and protection of State laws. The Science is hampered by immature demonstrations, by the infancy of its dis- [25] covery, by incorrect teaching; and especially by unprin- cipled claimants, whose mad ambition drives them to appropriate my ideas and discovery, without credit, ap- preciation, or a single original conception, while they

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quote from other authors and give them credit for every [1] random thought in line with mine.

My noble students, who are loyal to Christ, Truth, and human obligations, will not be disheartened in the midst of this seething sea of sin. They build for time and eter- [5] nity. The others stumble over misdeeds, and their own unsubstantiality, without the groundwork of right, till, like camera shadows thrown upon the mists of time, they melt into darkness.

Unity is the essential nature of Christian Science. Its [10] Principle is One, and to demonstrate the divine One, demands oneness of thought and action.

Many students enter the Normal class of my College whom I have not fitted for it by the Primary course. They are taught their first lessons by my students; hence [15] the aptness to assimilate pure and abstract Science is somewhat untested.

"As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined." As mortal mind is directed, it acts for a season. Some students leave my instructions before they are quite free from [20] the bias of their first impressions, whether those be cor- rect or incorrect. Such students are more or less subject to the future mental influence of their former teacher. Their knowledge of Mind-healing may be right theo- retically, but the moral and spiritual status of thought [25] must be right also. The tone of the teacher's mind must be pure, grand, true, to aid the mental development of the student; for the tint of the instructor's mind must take its hue from the divine Mind. A single mistake in metaphysics, or in ethics, is more fatal than a mistake in [30] physics.

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tionally offers his own thought, and gives me as authority [1] for it; if he diverges from Science and knows it not, or, knowing it, makes the venture from vanity, in order to be thought original, or wiser than somebody else,—this divergence widens. He grows dark, and cannot regain, [5] at will, an upright understanding. This error in the teacher also predisposes his students to make mistakes and lose their way. Diverse opinions in Science are stultifying. All must have one Principle and the same rule; and all who follow the Principle and rule have but [10] one opinion of it.

Whosoever understands a single rule in Science, and demonstrates its Principle according to rule, is master of the situation. Nobody can gainsay this. The ego- tistical theorist or shallow moralist may presume to [15] make innovations upon simple proof; but his mistake is visited upon himself and his students, whose minds are, must be, disturbed by this discord, which extends along the whole line of reciprocal thought. An error in premise can never bring forth the real fruits of Truth. [20] After thoroughly explaining spiritual Truth and its ethics to a student, I am not morally responsible for the mis- statements or misconduct of this student. My teachings are uniform. Those who abide by them do well. If others, who receive the same instruction, do ill, the fault [25] is not in the culture but the soil.

I am constantly called to settle questions and disaf- fections toward Christian Science growing out of the departures from Science of self-satisfied, unprincipled students. If impatient of the loving rebuke, the stu- [30] dent must stop at the foot of the grand ascent, and there remain until suffering compels the downfall of his self-

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conceit. Then that student must struggle up, with bleed- [1] ing footprints, to the God-crowned summit of unselfish and pure aims and affections.

To be two-sided, when these sides are moral oppo- sites, is neither politic nor scientific; and to abridge a [5] single human right or privilege is an error. Whoever does this may represent me as doing it; but he mistakes me, and the subjective state of his own mind for mine.

The true leader of a true cause is the unacknowledged servant of mankind. Stationary in the background, this [10] individual is doing the work that nobody else can or will do. An erratic career is like the comet's course, dash- ing through space, headlong and alone. A clear-headed and honest Christian Scientist will demonstrate the Prin- ciple of Christian Science, and hold justice and mercy as [15] inseparable from the unity of God.

Unchristian Rumor

The assertion that I have said hard things about my loyal students in Chicago, New York, or any other place, is utterly false and groundless. I speak of them as I feel, [20] and I cannot find it in my heart not to love them. They are essentially dear to me, who are toiling and achieving success in unison with my own endeavors and prayers. If I correct mistakes which may be made in teaching or lecturing on Christian Science, this is in accordance with [25] my students' desires, and thus we mutually aid each other, and obey the Golden Rule.

The spirit of lies is abroad. Because Truth has spoken aloud, error, running to and fro in the earth, is scream-

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ing, to make itself heard above Truth's voice. The [1] audible and inaudible wail of evil never harms Scientists, steadfast in their consciousness of the nothingness of wrong and the supremacy of right.

Our worst enemies are the best friends to our growth. [5] Charity students, for whom I have sacrificed the most time,—those whose chief aim is to injure me,—have caused me to exercise most patience. When they report me as "hating those whom I do not love," let them re- member that there never was a time when I saw an op- [10] portunity really to help them and failed to improve it; and this, too, when I knew they were secretly striving to injure me.


Comparisons are odorous.—SHAKESPEARE

Through all human history, the vital outcomes of [16] Truth have suffered temporary shame and loss from individual conceit, cowardice, or dishonesty. The bird whose right wing flutters to soar, while the left beats its way downward, falls to the earth. Both wings must be [20] plumed for rarefied atmospheres and upward flight.

Mankind must gravitate from sense to Soul, and human affairs should be governed by Spirit, intelligent good. The antipode of Spirit, which we name matter, or non- intelligent evil, is no real aid to being. The predisposing [25] and exciting cause of all defeat and victory under the sun, rests on this scientific basis: that action, in obedi- ence to God, spiritualizes man's motives and methods, and crowns them with success; while disobedience to

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this divine Principle materializes human modes and con- [1] sciousness, and defeats them.

Two personal queries give point to human action: Who shall be greatest? and, Who shall be best? Earthly glory is vain; but not vain enough to attempt pointing [5] the way to heaven, the harmony of being. The imaginary victories of rivalry and hypocrisy are defeats. The Holy One saith, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My com- mandments! then had thy peace been as a river." He is unfit for Truth, and the demonstration of divine power, [10] who departs from Mind to matter, and from Truth to error, in pursuit of better means for healing the sick and casting out error.

The Christian Scientist keeps straight to the course. His whole inquiry and demonstration lie in the line of [15] Truth; hence he suffers no shipwreck in a starless night on the shoals of vainglory. His medicine is Mind— the omnipotent and ever-present good. His "help is from the Lord," who heals body and mind, head and heart; changing the affections, enlightening the mis- [20] guided senses, and curing alike the sin and the mortal sinner. God's preparations for the sick are potions of His own qualities. His therapeutics are antidotes for the ailments of mortal mind and body. Then let us not adulterate His preparations for the sick with material [25] means.

From lack of moral strength empires fall. Right alone is irresistible, permanent, eternal. Remember that hu- man pride forfeits spiritual power, and either vacillating good or self-assertive error dies of its own elements. [30] Through patience we must possess the sense of Truth; and Truth is used to waiting. "Commit thy way unto

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the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to [1] pass."

By using falsehood to regain his liberty, Galileo vir- tually lost it. He cannot escape from barriers who commits his moral sense to a dungeon. Hear the Master [5] on this subject: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

Lives there a man who can better define ethics, better [10] elucidate the Principle of being, than he who "spake as never man spake," and whose precepts and example have a perpetual freshness in relation to human events?

Who is it that understands, unmistakably, a fraction of the actual Science of Mind-healing? [15]

It is he who has fairly proven his knowledge on a Chris- tian, mental, scientific basis; who has made his choice between matter and Mind, and proven the divine Mind to be the only physician. These are self-evident proposi- tions: That man can only be Christianized through Mind; [20] that without Mind the body is without action; that Science is a law of divine Mind. The conclusion follows that the correct Mind-healing is the proper means of Christianity, and is Science.

Christian Science may be sold in the shambles. Many [25] are bidding for it,—but are not willing to pay the price. Error is vending itself on trust, well knowing the will- ingness of mortals to buy error at par value. The Reve- lator beheld the opening of this silent mental seal, and heard the great Red Dragon whispering that "no man [30] might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

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We are in the Valley of Decision. Then, let us take [1] the side of him who "overthrew the tables of the money- changers, and the seats of them that sold doves,"—of such as barter integrity and peace for money and fame. What artist would question the skill of the masters in [5] sculpture, music, or painting? Shall we depart from the example of the Master in Christian Science, Jesus of Nazareth,—than whom mankind hath no higher ideal? He who demonstrated his power over sin, disease, and death, is the master Metaphysician. [10]

To seek or employ other means than those the Master used in demonstrating Life scientifically, is to lose the priceless knowledge of his Principle and practice. He said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His right- eousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." [15] Gain a pure Christianity; for that is requisite for heal- ing the sick. Then you will need no other aid, and will have full faith in his prophecy, "And there shall be one fold, and one shepherd;" but, the Word must abide in us, if we would obtain that promise. We cannot depart [20] from his holy example,—we cannot leave Christ for the schools which crucify him, and yet follow him in heal- ing. Fidelity to his precepts and practice is the only pass- port to his power; and the pathway of goodness and greatness runs through the modes and methods of God. [25]

"He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."


Homoeopathy is the last link in material medicine. The next step is Mind-medicine. Among the foremost

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virtues of homoeopathy is the exclusion of compounds [1] from its pharmacy, and the attenuation of a drug up to the point of its disappearance as matter and its manifesta- tion in effect as a thought, instead of a thing.

Students of Christian Science (and many who are not [1] students) understand enough of this to keep out of their heads the notion that compounded metaphysics (so-called) is, or can be, Christian Science,—that rests on oneness; one cause and one effect.

They should take our magazine, work for it, write for [10] it, and read it. They should eschew all magazines and books which are less than the best.

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve." Cleanse your mind of the cobwebs which spurious "compounds" engender. Before considering a subject that is unworthy [15] of thought, take in this axiomatic truism: "Trust her not, she's fooling thee;" and Longfellow is right.

Close Of The Massachusetts Metaphysical College

Much is said at this date, 1889, about Mrs. Eddy's [20] Massachusetts Metaphysical College being the only chartered College of Metaphysics. To make this plain, the Publishing Committee of the Christian Scientist Association has published in the Boston Traveler the following:— [25]

"To benefit the community, and more strongly mark the difference between true and false teachers of mental healing, the following history and statistics are officially submitted:—

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"Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy obtained a college charter [1] in January, 1881, with all the rights and privileges per- taining thereunto (including the right to grant degrees) under Act of 1874, Chapter 375, Section 4.

"This Act was repealed from and after January 31, [5] 1882. Mrs. Eddy's grant for a college, for metaphysical purposes only, is the first on record in history, and no charters were granted for similar colleges, except hers, from January, 1881, till the repealing of said Act in January, 1882. [10]

"The substance of this Act is at present incorporated in Public Statutes, Chapter 115, Section 2, with the fol- lowing important restrictions: In accordance with Statutes of 1883, Chapter 268, any officer, agent, or servant of any corporation or association, who confers, or authorizes [15] to be conferred, any diploma or degree, shall be pun- ished by a fine not less than five hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars.

"All the mind-healing colleges (except Rev. Mrs. Eddy's) have simply an incorporated grant, which may [20] be called a charter, such as any stock company may ob- tain for any secular purposes; but these so-called char- ters bestow no rights to confer degrees. Hence to name these institutions, under such charters, colleges, is a fraud- ulent claim. There is but one legally chartered college [25] of metaphysics, with powers to confer diplomas and de- grees, and that is the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, of which Rev. Mrs. Eddy is founder and president."

I have endeavored to act toward all students of Chris- tian Science with the intuition and impulse of love. If [30] certain natures have not profited by my rebukes,—

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some time, as Christian Scientists, they will know the [1] value of these rebukes. I am thankful that the neo- phyte will be benefited by experience, although it will cost him much, and in proportion to its worth.

I close my College in order to work in other directions, [5] where I now seem to be most needed, and where none other can do the work. I withdraw from an overwhelm- ing prosperity. My students have never expressed so grateful a sense of my labors with them as now, and never have been so capable of relieving my tasks as at [10] present.

God bless my enemies, as well as the better part of mankind, and gather all my students, in the bonds of love and perfectness, into one grand family of Christ's followers. [15]

Loyal Christian Scientists should go on in their pres- ent line of labor for a good and holy cause. Their insti- tutes have not yet accomplished all the good they are capable of accomplishing; therefore they should con- tinue, as at present, to send out students from these [20] sources of education, to promote the growing interest in Christian Science Mind-healing.

There are one hundred and sixty applications lying on the desk before me, for the Primary class in the Massa- chusetts Metaphysical College, and I cannot do my best [25] work for a class which contains that number. When these were taught, another and a larger number would be in waiting for the same class instruction; and if I should teach that Primary class, the other three classes— one Primary and two Normal—would be delayed. [30] The work is more than one person can well accomplish, and the imperative call is for my exclusive teaching.

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From the scant history of Jesus and of his disciples, [1] we have no Biblical authority for a public institution. This point, however, had not impressed me when I opened my College. I desire to revise my book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and in order to do [5] this I must stop teaching at present. The work that needs to be done, and which God calls me to outside of College work, if left undone might hinder the progress of our Cause more than my teaching would advance it: therefore I leave all for Christ. [10]

Deeply regretting the disappointment this will occa- sion, and with grateful acknowledgments to the public for its liberal patronage, I close my College.


Malicious Reports

Truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.—ISAIAH lix. 14.

When the press is gagged, liberty is besieged; but when the press assumes the liberty to lie, it discounts clemency, mocks morality, outrages humanity, breaks common law, gives impulse to violence, envy, and hate, [20] and prolongs the reign of inordinate, unprincipled clans. At this period, 1888, those quill-drivers whose consciences are in their pockets hold high carnival. When news- dealers shout for class legislation, and decapitated reputa- tions, headless trunks, and quivering hearts are held up [25] before the rabble in exchange for money, place, and power, the vox populi is suffocated, individual rights are trodden under foot, and the car of the modern In- quisition rolls along the streets besmeared with blood.

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Would not our Master say to the chief actors in scenes [1] like these, "Ye fools and blind!" Oh, tardy human justice! would you take away even woman's trembling, clinging faith in divine power? Who can roll away the stone from the door of this sepulchre? Who—but God's [5] avenging angel!

In times like these it were well to lift the veil on the sackcloth of home, where weepeth the faithful, stricken mother, and the bruised father bendeth his aching head; where the bereft wife or husband, silent and alone, looks [10] in dull despair at the vacant seat, and the motherless little ones, wondering, huddle together, and repeat with quivering lips words of strange import. May the great Shepherd that "tempers the wind to the shorn lamb," and binds up the wounds of bleeding hearts, just comfort, [15] encourage, and bless all who mourn.

Father, we thank Thee that Thy light and Thy love reach earth, open the prison to them that are bound, con- sole the innocent, and throw wide the gates of heaven.

Loyal Christian Scientists

Pen can never portray the satisfaction that you afforded me at the grand meeting in Chicago of the National Chris- tian Scientist Association in 1888. Your public and private expressions of love and loyalty were very touch- ing. They moved me to speechless thanks. [25]

Chicago is the wonder of the western hemisphere. The Palmer House, where we stopped, is magnificent and orderly. The servants are well-mannered, and the fare is appetizing. The floral offerings sent to my apartments

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were superb, especially the large book of rare flowers, and [1] the crescent with a star.

The reception in the spacious rooms of the Palmer House, like all else, was purely Western in its cordiality and largeness. I did not hold interviews with all with [5] whom I desired to, solely because so many people and circumstances demanded my attention that my person- ality was not big enough to fill the order; but rest as- sured my heart's desire met the demand.

My students, our delegates, about one thousand Chris- [10] tian Scientists, active, earnest, and loyal, formed a goodly assemblage for the third convention of our National As- sociation,—an assemblage found waiting and watching for the full coming of our Lord and Christ.

In Christian Science the midnight hour will always be [15] the bridal hour, until "no night is there." The wise will have their lamps aglow, and light will illumine the darkness.

Out of the gloom comes the glory of our Lord, and His divine Love is found in affliction. When a false [20] sense suffers, the true sense comes out, and the bride- groom appears. We are then wedded to a purer, higher affection and ideal.

I pray that all my students shall have their lamps trimmed and burning at the noon of night, that not one [25] of them be found borrowing oil, and seeking light from matter instead of Spirit, or at work erroneously, thus shutting out spiritual light. Such an error and loss will be quickly learned when the door is shut. Error giveth no light, and it closes the door on itself. [30]

In the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand firmer than ever in their allegiance to God. Wisdom

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is wedded to their love, and their hearts are not [1] troubled.

Falsehood is on the wings of the winds, but Truth will soar above it. Truth is speaking louder, clearer, and more imperatively than ever. Error is walking to [5] and fro in the earth, trying to be heard above Truth, but its voice dies out in the distance. Whosoever pro- claims Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error's shafts. The archers aim at Truth's mouthpiece; but a heart loyal to God is patient and strong. Justice waits, and [10] is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory.

The stake and scaffold have never silenced the mes- sages of the Most High. Then can the present mode of attempting this—namely, by slanderous falsehoods, and [15] a secret mind-method, through which to effect the pur- poses of envy and malice—silence Truth? Never. They but open the eyes to the truth of Benjamin Franklin's report before the French Commissioners on Mesmerism: "It is one more fact to be recorded in the history of the [20] errors of the human mind."

"The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice."

No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme. Though clouds are round about Him, the divine justice [25] and judgment are enthroned. Love is especially near in times of hate, and never so near as when one can be just amid lawlessness, and render good for evil.

I thunder His law to the sinner, and sharply lighten on the cloud of the intoxicated senses. I cannot help [30] loathing the phenomena of drunkenness produced by animality. I rebuke it wherever I see it. The vision

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of the Revelator is before me. The wines of fornica- [1] tion, envy, and hatred are the distilled spirits of evil, and are the signs of these times; but I am not dismayed, and my peace returns unto me.

Error will hate more as it realizes more the presence [5] of its tormentor. I shall fulfil my mission, fight the good fight, and keep the faith.

There is great joy in this consciousness, that through- out my labors, and in my history as connected with the Cause of Christian Science, it can be proven that I have [10] never given occasion for a single censure, when my mo- tives and acts are understood and seen as my Father seeth them. I once wondered at the Scriptural declara- tion that Job sinned not in all he said, even when he cursed the hour of his birth; but I have learned that a curse on [15] sin is always a blessing to the human race.

Those only who are tried in the furnace reflect the image of their Father. You, my beloved students, who are absent from me, and have shared less of my labors than many others, seem stronger to resist temptation [20] than some of those who have had line upon line and precept upon precept. This may be a serviceable hint, since necessities and God's providence are foreshadowed. I have felt for some time that perpetual instruction of my students might substitute my own for their growth, [25] and so dwarf their experience. If they must learn by the things they suffer, the sooner this lesson is gained the better.

For two years I have been gradually withdrawing from active membership in the Christian Scientist Association. [30] This has developed higher energies on the part of true followers, and led to some startling departures on the

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other hand. "Offenses will come: but woe unto him, [1] through whom they come."

Why does not the certainty of individual punishment for sin prevent the wrong action? It is the love of God, and not the fear of evil, that is the incentive in Science. [5] I rejoice with those who rejoice, and am too apt to weep with those who weep, but over and above it all are eter- nal sunshine and joy unspeakable.

The March Primary Class


My students, three picture-stories from the Bible pre- sent themselves to my thought; three of those pictures from which we learn without study. The first is that of [15] Joshua and his band before the walls of Jericho. They went seven times around these walls, the seven times corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught [20] and good is all.

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