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To The Mother Church.

         My Beloved Brethren: — If a member of the church
         is inclined to be uncharitable, or to condemn his
         brother without cause, let him put his finger to his lips,
5      and forgive others as he would be forgiven. One’s first
         lesson is to learn one’s self; having done this, one will
         naturally, through grace from God, forgive his brother and
         love his enemies. To avenge an imaginary or an actual
         wrong, is suicidal. The law of our God and the rule of
10    our church is to tell thy brother his fault and thereby help
         him. If this rule fails in effect, then take the next Scrip-
         tural step: drop this member’s name from the church, and
         thereafter “let the dead bury their dead,” — let silence
         prevail over his remains.

15    If a man is jealous, envious, or revengeful, he will seek
         occasion to balloon an atom of another man’s indis-
         cretion, inflate it, and send it into the atmosphere of mortal
         mind — for other green eyes to gaze on: he will always
         find somebody in his way, and try to push him aside;
20    will see somebody’s faults to magnify under the lens that
         he never turns on himself.

         What have been your Leader’s precepts and example!
         Were they to save the sinner, and to spare his exposure

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1      so long as a hope remained of thereby benefiting him?

         Has her life exemplified long-suffering, meekness, charity,

         She readily leaves the answer to those who know
5      her.

         Do we yet understand how much better it is to be
         wronged, than to commit wrong? What do we find in
         the Bible, and in the Christian Science textbook, on this
         subject? Does not the latter instruct you that looking
10    continually for a fault in somebody else, talking about it,
         thinking it over, and how to meet it, — “rolling sin as a
         sweet morsel under your tongue,” — has the same power
         to make you a sinner that acting thus regarding disease
         has to make a man sick? Note the Scripture on this
15    subject: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the

         The Christian Science Board of Directors has borne
         the burden in the heat of the day, and it ought not to
         be expected that they could have accomplished, without
20    one single mistake, such Herculean tasks as they have
         accomplished. He who judges others should know well
         whereof he speaks. Where the motive to do right exists,
         and the majority of one’s acts are right, we should avoid
         referring to past mistakes. The greatest sin that one can
25    commit against himself is to wrong one of God’s “little

         Know ye not that he who exercises the largest charity,
         and waits on God, renews his strength, and is exalted?
         Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God
30    anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind’s tri-
         umphal march out of the wilderness, out of darkness
         into light.

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1      Whoever challenges the errors of others and cherishes
         his own, can neither help himself nor others; he will be
         called a moral nuisance, a fungus, a microbe, a mouse
         gnawing at the vitals of humanity. The darkness in
5      one’s self must first be cast out, in order rightly to discern
         darkness or to reflect light.

         If the man of more than average avoirdupois kneels on
         a stool in church, let the leaner sort console this brother’s
         necessity by doing likewise. Christian Scientists preserve
10    unity, and so shadow forth the substance of our sublime
         faith, and the evidence of its being built upon the rock of
         divine oneness, — one faith, one God, one baptism.

         If our Board of Directors is prepared to itemize a report
         of the first financial year since the erection of the edifice of
15    The First Church of Christ, Scientist, let it do so; other-
         wise, I recommend that you waive the church By-law
         relating to finances this year of your firstfruits. This
         Board did not act under that By-law; it was not in ex-
         istence all of the year. It is but just to consider the great
20    struggles with perplexities and difficulties which the
         Directors encountered in Anno Domini 1894, and which
         they have overcome. May God give unto us all that loving
         sense of gratitude which delights in the opportunity to
         cancel accounts. I, for one, would be pleased to have the
25    Christian Science Board of Directors itemize a bill of this
         church’s gifts to Mother; and then to have them let her
         state the value thereof, if, indeed, it could be estimated.

         After this financial year, when you call on the members
         of the Christian Science Board of Directors to itemize or
30    audit their accounts, these will be found already itemized,
         and last year’s records immortalized, with perils past and
         victories won.

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1      A motion was made, and a vote passed, at your last
         meeting, on a subject the substance whereof you had al-
         ready accepted as a By-law. But, I shall take this as a
         favorable omen, a fair token that heavy lids are opening,
5      even wider than before, to the light of Love — and By-laws.

         Affectionately yours,

To — On Prayer.

         BOSTON, March 21, 1885

         Dear Sir: — In your communication to Zion’s Herald,
         March 18, under the heading, “Prayer and Healing; sup-
         plemental,” you state that you would “like to hear from
15    Dr. Cullis; and, by the way, from Mrs. Eddy, also.”

         Because of the great demand upon my time, consisting
         in part of dictating answers through my secretary, or an-
         swering personally manifold letters and inquiries from all
         quarters, — having charge of a church, editing a maga-
20    zine, teaching Christian Science, receiving calls, etc., — I
         find it inconvenient to accept your invitation to answer
         you through the medium of a newspaper; but, for infor-
         mation as to what I believe and teach, would refer you to
         the Holy Scriptures, to my various publications, and to my
25    Christian students.

         It was with a thrill of pleasure that I read in your arti-
         cle these words: “If we have in any way misrepresented
         either Dr. Cullis or Mrs. Eddy, we are sorry.” Even the
         desire to be just is a vital spark of Christianity. And those
30    words inspire me with the hope that you wish to be just.

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1      If this is so, you will not delay corrections of the statement
         you make at the close of your article, when referring to
         me, “the pantheistic and prayerless Mrs. Eddy, of Boston.”

         It would be difficult to build a sentence of so few words
5      conveying ideas more opposite to the fact.

         In refutation of your statement that I am a pantheist,
         I request you to read my sermons and publications.

         As to being “prayerless,” I call your attention and
         deep consideration to the following Scripture, that voices
10    my impressions of prayer: —

         “When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
         are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and
         in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….
         But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
15    and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
         which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret
         shall reward thee openly.”

         I hope I am not wrong in literally following the dictum
         of Jesus; and, were it not because of my desire to set
20    you right on this question, I should feel a delicacy in mak-
         ing the following statement: —

         Three times a day, I retire to seek the divine blessing
         on the sick and sorrowing, with my face toward the Jeru-
         salem of Love and Truth, in silent prayer to the Father
25    which “seeth in secret,” and with childlike confidence that
         He will reward “openly.” In the midst of depressing care
         and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance,
         and find rest. It affords me great joy to be able to attest to
         the truth of Jesus’ words. Love makes all burdens light,
30    it giveth a peace that passeth understanding, and with
         “signs following.” As to the peace, it is unutterable; as
         to “signs,” behold the sick who are healed, the sorrowful

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1      who are made hopeful, and the sinful and ignorant who
         have become “wise unto salvation”!

         And now, dear sir, as you have expressed contrition for
         an act which you have immediately repeated, you are
5      placed in this dilemma: To reiterate such words of
         apology as characterize justice and Christianity.

         Very truly,

To The National Christian Scientist Association.

10    Beloved Students: — Meet together and meet en masse,
         in 1888, at the annual session of the National Christian
         Scientist Association. Be “of one mind,” “in one place,”
         and God will pour you out a blessing such as you never
         before received. He who dwelleth in eternal light is
15    bigger than the shadow, and will guard and guide His

         Let no consideration bend or outweigh your purpose
         to be in Chicago on June 13. Firm in your allegiance to
         the reign of universal harmony, go to its rescue. In God’s
20    hour, the powers of earth and hell are proven powerless.
         The reeling ranks of materia medica, with poisons, nos-
         trums, and knives, are impotent when at war with the
         omnipotent! Like Elisha, look up, and behold: “They
         that be with us, are more than they that be with them.”

25    Error is only fermenting, and its heat hissing at the
         “still, small voice” of Truth; but it can neither silence
         nor disarm God’s voice. Spiritual wickedness is stand-
         ing in high places; but, blind to its own fate, it will tumble
         into the bottomless.

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1      Christians, and all true Scientists, marching under what-
         soever ensign, come into the ranks! Again I repeat, per-
         son is not in the question of Christian Science. Principle,
         instead of person, is next to our hearts, on our lips, and
5      in our lives. Our watchwords are Truth and Love; and
         if we abide in these, they will abound in us, and we shall
         be one in heart, — one in motive, purpose, pursuit. Abid-
         ing in Love, not one of you can be separated from me; and
         the sweet sense of journeying on together, doing unto
10    others as ye would they should do unto you, conquers all
         opposition, surmounts all obstacles, and secures success.
         If you falter, or fail to fulfil this Golden Rule, though you
         should build to the heavens, you would build on sand.

         Is it a cross to give one week’s time and expense to the
15    jubilee of Spirit? Then take this cross, and the crown
         with it. Sending forth currents of Truth, God’s methods
         and means of healing, and so spreading the gospel of
         Love, is in itself an eternity of joy that outweighs an
         hour. Add one more noble offering to the unity of good,
20    and so cement the bonds of Love.

         With love,

To The College Association.

         Letter read at the meeting of the Massachusetts Metaphysical
25    College Association, June 3, 1891.


         My Beloved Students: — You may be looking to see me
         in my accustomed place with you, but this you must no

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1      longer expect. When I retired from the field of labor,
         it was a departure, socially, publicly, and finally, from
         the routine of such material modes as society and our
         societies demand. Rumors are rumors, — nothing more.
5      I am still with you on the field of battle, taking forward
         marches, broader and higher views, and with the hope
         that you will follow.

         The eternal and infinite, already brought to your
         earnest consideration, so grow upon my vision that I
10    cannot feel justified in turning aside for one hour from
         contemplation of them and of the faith unfeigned.
         When the verities of being seem to you as to me, — as
         they must some time, — you will understand the neces-
         sity for my seclusion, and its fulfilment of divine order.
15    “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye sepa-
         rate, saith the Lord.”

         All our thoughts should be given to the absolute
         demonstration of Christian Science. You can well
         afford to give me up, since you have in my last re-
20    vised edition of Science and Health your teacher and

         I recommend that the June session of this honorable
         body shall close your meetings for the summer; also, that
         hereafter you hold three sessions annually, convening
25    once in four months; oftener is not requisite, and the
         members coming from a distance will be accommodated
         by this arrangement.

         Yours affectionately,
         MARY B. G. EDDY

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To The National Christian Scientist Association.

         My Dear Students and Friends: — Accept my thanks
         for your card of invitation, your badge, and order of exer-
         cise, all of which are complete.

5      When I gave you a meagre reception in Boston at the
         close of the first convention of the National Christian
         Scientist Association, it was simply to give you the privi-
         lege, poor as it was, of speaking a few words aside to your
         teacher. I remember my regret, when, having asked in
10    general assembly if you had any questions to propose, I
         received no reply. Since then you have doubtless realized
         that such opportunity might have been improved; but
         that time has passed.

         I greatly rejoice over the growth of my students within
15    the last few years. It was kind of you to part so gently
         with the protecting wings of the mother-bird, and to spread
         your own so bravely. Now, dear ones, if you take my
         advice again, you will do — what?

         Even this: Disorganize the National Christian Scientist
20    Association! and each one return to his place of
         labor, to work out individually and alone, for himself and
         for others, the sublime ends of human life.

         To accomplish this, you must give much time to self-
         examination and correction; you must control appetite,
25    passion, pride, envy, evil-speaking, resentment, and each
         one of the innumerable errors that worketh or maketh
         a lie. Then you can give to the world the benefit of all
         this, and heal and teach with increased confidence. My
         students can now organize their students into associa-
30    tions, form churches, and hold these organizations of their

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1      own, — until, in turn, their students will sustain them-
         selves and work for others.

         The time it takes yearly to prepare for this national
         convention is worse than wasted, if it causes thought to
5      wander in the wilderness or ways of the world. The de-
         tail of conforming to society, in any way, costs you what
         it would to give time and attention to hygiene in your
         ministry and healing.

         For students to work together is not always to co-
10    operate, but sometimes to coelbow! Each student should
         seek alone the guidance of our common Father — even
         the divine Principle which he claims to demonstrate, —
         and especially should he prove his faith by works, ethi-
         cally, physically, and spiritually. Remember that the
15    first and last lesson of Christian Science is love, perfect
         love, and love made perfect through the cross.

         I once thought that in unity was human strength; but
         have grown to know that human strength is weakness, —
         that unity is divine might, giving to human power, peace.

20    My counsel is applicable to the state of general growth
         in the members of the National Christian Scientist Asso-
         ciation, but it is not so adapted to the members of
         students’ organizations. And wherefore? Because the
         growth of these at first is more gradual; but whenever
25    they are equal to the march triumphant, God will give
         to all His soldiers of the cross the proper command, and
         under the banner of His love, and with the “still, small
         voice” for the music of our march, we all shall take step
         and march on in spiritual organization.

30    Your loving teacher,

         CONCORD, N. H., May 23, 1890

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1      N. B. I recommend this honorable body to adjourn,
         if it does not disorganize, to three years from this date;
         or, if it does disorganize, to meet again in three years.
         Then bring your tithes into the storehouse, and God will
5      pour you out a blessing such as you even yet have not

         M. B. G. E.

To The First Church Of Christ, Scientist, Boston.

10    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
         through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down
         imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the
         knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
         obedience of Christ.
— 2 COR. X. 4, 5.

15    In April, 1883, I started the Journal of Christian
         Science, with a portion of the above Scripture for its

         On December 10, 1889, I gave a lot of land — in
         Boston, situated near the beautiful Back Bay Park, now
20    valued at $20,000 and rising in value — for the purpose
         of having erected thereon a church edifice to be called The
         Church of Christ, Scientist.

         I had this desirable site transferred in a circuitous,
         novel way, at the wisdom whereof a few persons have
25    since scrupled; but to my spiritual perception, like all
         true wisdom, this transaction will in future be regarded
         as greatly wise, and it will be found that this act was in
         advance of the erring mind’s apprehension.

         As with all former efforts in the interest of Christian
30    Science, I took care that the provisions for the land and

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1      building were such as error could not control. I knew
         that to God’s gift, foundation and superstructure, no one
         could hold a wholly material title. The land, and the
         church standing on it, must be conveyed through a type
5      representing the true nature of the gift; a type morally
         and spiritually inalienable, but materially questionable
          — even after the manner that all spiritual good comes
         to Christian Scientists, to the end of taxing their faith
         in God, and their adherence to the superiority of the
10    claims of Spirit over matter or merely legal titles.

         No one could buy, sell, or mortgage my gift as I had
         it conveyed. Thus the case rested, and I supposed the
         trustee-deed was legal; but this was God’s business, not
         mine. Our church was prospered by the right hand of
15    His righteousness, and contributions to the Building Fund
         generously poured into the treasury. Unity prevailed, —
         till mortal man sought to know who owned God’s temple,
         and adopted and urged only the material side of this

20    The lot of land which I donated I redeemed from under
         mortgage. The foundation on which our church was to
         be built had to be rescued from the grasp of legal power,
         and now it must be put back into the arms of Love, if we
         would not be found fighting against God.

25    The diviner claim and means for upbuilding the Church
         of Christ were prospered. Our title to God’s acres will
         be safe and sound — when we can “read our title clear”
         to heavenly mansions. Built on the rock, our church
         will stand the storms of ages: though the material super-
30    structure should crumble into dust, the fittest would sur-
         vive, — the spiritual idea would live, a perpetual type of
         the divine Principle it reflects.

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1      The First Church of Christ, Scientist, our prayer in
         stone, will be the prophecy fulfilled, the monument up-
         reared, of Christian Science. It will speak to you of the
         Mother, and of your hearts’ offering to her through whom
5      was revealed to you God’s all-power, all-presence, and
         all-science. This building begun, will go up, and no one
         can suffer from it, for no one can resist the power that
         is behind it; and against this church temple “the gates
         of hell” cannot prevail.

10    All loyal Christian Scientists hail with joy this pro-
         posed type of universal Love; not so, however, with
         error, which hates the bonds and methods of Truth, and
         shudders at the freedom, might, and majesty of Spirit,
          — even the annihilating law of Love.

15    I vindicate both the law of God and the laws of our
         land. I believe, — yea, I understand, — that with the
         spirit of Christ actuating all the parties concerned about
         the legal quibble, it can easily be corrected to the satis-
         faction of all. Let this be speedily done. Do not, I im-
20    plore you, stain the early history of Christian Science by
         the impulses of human will and pride; but let the divine
         will and the nobility of human meekness rule this busi-
         ness transaction, in obedience to the law of Love and the
         laws of our land.

25    As the ambassador of Christ’s teachings, I admonish
         you: Delay not longer to commence building our church
         in Boston; or else return every dollar that you yourselves
         declare you have had no legal authority for obtaining, to
         the several contributors, — and let them, not you, say
30    what shall be done with their money.

         Of our first church in Boston, O recording angel!
         write: God is in the midst of her: how beautiful are her

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1      feet! how beautiful are her garments! how hath He en-
         larged her borders! how hath He made her wildernesses
         to bud and blossom as the rose!

         With love,

To Donors Of Boat, From Toronto, Canada.

         Written on receipt of a beautiful boat presented by Christian
         Scientists in Toronto, for the little pond at Pleasant View. The
         boat displays, among other beautiful decorations, a number of
10    masonic symbols.

         Beloved Students and Friends: — Accept my thanks
         for the beautiful boat and presentation poem. Each day
         since they arrived I have said, Let me write to the donors,
          — and what?

15    My first impression was to indite a poem; my second,
         a psalm; my third, a letter. Why the letter alone? Be-
         cause your dear hearts expressed in their lovely gift such
         varying types of true affection, shaded as autumn leaves
         with bright hues of the spiritual, that my Muse lost her
20    lightsome lyre, and imagery of thought gave place to
         chords of feeling too deep for words.

         A boat song seemed more Olympian than the psalm in
         spiritual strains of the Hebrew bard. So I send my
         answer in a commonplace letter. Poor return, is it
25    not?

         The symbols of freemasonry depicted on the boat
         wakened memory, touched tender fibres of thought, and
         I longed to say to the masonic brothers: If as a woman
         I may not unite with you in freemasonry, nor you with
30    me in Christian Science, yet as friends we can feel the

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1      touch of heart to heart and hand to hand, on the broad
         basis and sure foundation of true friendship’s “level”
         and the “square” of moral sentiments.

         My dear students may have explained to the kind par-
5      ticipants in beautifying this boat our spiritual points,
         above the plane of matter. If so, I may hope that a
         closer link hath bound us. Across lakes, into a kingdom,
         I reach out my hand to clasp yours, with this silent bene-
         diction: May the kingdom of heaven come in each of
10    your hearts!

         With love,

Address, — Laying The Corner-Stone.

         Beloved Students: — On the 21st day of May, A.D.
15    1894, with quiet, imposing ceremony, is laid the corner-
         stone of “The First Church of Christ, Scientist,” in

         It gives me great pleasure to say that you, principally
         the Normal class graduates of my College, well known
20    physicians, teachers, editors, and pastors of churches,
         by contributions of one thousand dollars each, husband
         and wife reckoned as one, have, within about three
         months, donated the munificent sum of forty-two thou-
         sand dollars toward building The Mother Church. A
25    quiet call from me for this extra contribution, in aid of
         our Church Building Fund, found you all “with one
         accord in one place.” Each donation came promptly;
         sometimes at much self-sacrifice, but always accompanied
         with a touching letter breathing the donor’s privileged joy.

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1      The granite for this church was taken from the quar-
         ries in New Hampshire, my native State. The money
         for building “Mother’s Room,” situated in the second
         story of the tower on the northeast corner of this build-
5      ing, and the name thereof, came from the dear children
         of Christian Scientists; a little band called Busy Bees,
         organized by Miss Maurine R. Campbell.

         On this memorable day there are laid away a copy of
         this address, the subscription list on which appear your
10    several names in your own handwriting, your textbook,
         “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” and
         other works written by the same author, your teacher,
         the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science;(4) without
         pomp or pride, laid away as a sacred secret in the
15    heart of a rock, there to typify the prophecy, “And a man
         shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert
         from the tempest; … as the shadow of a great rock in
         a weary land:” henceforth to whisper our Master’s
         promise, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and
20    the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

         To-day, be this hope in each of our hearts, — precious
         in God’s sight as shall be the assembling of His people
         in this temple, sweet as the rest that remaineth for the
         righteous, and fresh as a summer morn, — that, from
25    earth’s pillows of stone, our visible lives are rising to
         God. As in the history of a seed, so may our earthly
         sowing bear fruit that exudes the inspiration of the wine
         poured into the cup of Christ.

         To-day I pray that divine Love, the life-giving Prin-
30    ciple of Christianity, shall speedily wake the long night
         of materialism, and the universal dawn shall break upon
         the spire of this temple. The Church, more than any

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1      other institution, at present is the cement of society, and
         it should be the bulwark of civil and religious liberty.
         But the time cometh when the religious element, or Church
         of Christ, shall exist alone in the affections, and need no
5      organization to express it. Till then, this form of godli-
         ness seems as requisite to manifest its spirit, as individ-
         uality to express Soul and substance.

         Does a single bosom burn for fame and power? Then
         when that person shall possess these, let him ask him-
10    self, and answer to his name in this corner-stone of our
         temple: Am I greater for them? And if he thinks that
         he is, then is he less than man to whom God gave “do-
         minion over all the earth,” less than the meek who “in-
         herit the earth.” Even vanity forbids man to be vain;
15    and pride is a hooded hawk which flies in darkness. Over
         a wounded sense of its own error, let not mortal thought
         resuscitate too soon.

         In our rock-bound friendship, delicate as dear, our
         names may melt into one, and common dust, and their
20    modest sign be nothingness. Be this as it may, the visible
         unity of spirit remains, to quicken even dust into sweet
         memorial such as Isaiah prophesied: “The wolf also shall
         dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with
         the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling
25    together; and a little child shall lead them.”

         When the hearts of Christian Scientists are woven to-
         gether as are their names in the web of history, earth will
         float majestically heaven’s heraldry, and echo the song
         of angels: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
30    peace, good will toward men.”

         To The Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and to
         the dear children that my heart folds within it, let me

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1      say, ’Tis sweet to remember thee, and God’s Zion, with
         healing on her wings. May her walls be vocal with sal-
         vation; and her gates with praise!

To The First Church Of Christ, Scientist, Boston

         My Beloved Students: — I cannot conscientiously lend
         my counsel to direct your action on receiving or dismiss-
         ing candidates. To do this, I should need to be with
         you. I cannot accept hearsay, and would need to know
10    the circumstances and facts regarding both sides of the
         subject, to form a proper judgment. This is not my
         present province; hence I have hitherto declined to be
         consulted on these subjects, and still maintain this

15    These are matters of grave import; and you cannot
         be indifferent to this, but will give them immediate at-
         tention, and be governed therein by the spirit and the
         letter of this Scripture: “Whatsoever ye would that men
         should do unto you, do ye even so to them.”

20    I cannot be the conscience for this church; but if I
         were, I would gather every reformed mortal that desired
         to come, into its fold, and counsel and help him to walk
         in the footsteps of His flock. I feel sure that as Chris-
         tian Scientists you will act, relative to this matter, up to
25    your highest understanding of justice and mercy.

         Affectionately yours,
         Feb. 12, 1895

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The First Members Of The First Church Of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts

3      My Beloved Students: — Another year has rolled on,
         another annual meeting has convened, another space of
5      time has been given us, and has another duty been done
         and another victory won for time and eternity? Do you
         meet in unity, preferring one another, and demonstrating
         the divine Principle of Christian Science? Have you
         improved past hours, and ladened them with records
10    worthy to be borne heavenward? Have you learned
         that sin is inadmissible, and indicates a small mind?
         Do you manifest love for those that hate you and de-
         spitefully use you?

         The man of integrity is one who makes it his constant
15    rule to follow the road of duty, according as Truth and
         the voice of his conscience point it out to him. He is not
         guided merely by affections which may some time give
         the color of virtue to a loose and unstable character.

         The upright man is guided by a fixed Principle, which
20    destines him to do nothing but what is honorable, and to
         abhor whatever is base or unworthy; hence we find him
         ever the same, — at all times the trusty friend, the affec-
         tionate relative, the conscientious man of business, the
         pious worker, the public-spirited citizen.

25    He assumes no borrowed appearance. He seeks no
         mask to cover him, for he acts no studied part; but he
         is indeed what he appears to be, — full of truth, candor,
         and humanity. In all his pursuits, he knows no path
         but the fair, open, and direct one, and would much rather
30    fail of success than attain it by reproachable means. He

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1      never shows us a smiling countenance while he meditates
         evil against us in his heart. We shall never find one part
         of his character at variance with another.

         Lovingly yours,

         Sept. 30, 1895

Extract From A Letter

         The Rules and By-laws in the Manual of The First
         Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, originated not in
10    solemn conclave as in ancient Sanhedrim. They were
         not arbitrary opinions nor dictatorial demands, such as
         one person might impose on another. They were im-
         pelled by a power not one’s own, were written at differ-
         ent dates, and as the occasion required. They sprang
15    from necessity, the logic of events, — from the immedi-
         ate demand for them as a help that must be supplied to
         maintain the dignity and defense of our Cause; hence
         their simple, scientific basis, and detail so requisite to
         demonstrate genuine Christian Science, and which will
20    do for the race what absolute doctrines destined for future
         generations might not accomplish.

To The Mother Church

         Beloved Brethren: — Until recently, I was not aware
         that the contribution box was presented at your Friday
         evening meetings. I specially desire that you collect no
         moneyed contributions from the people present on these

         Let the invitation to this sweet converse be in the words
         of the prophet Isaiah: “Ho, every one that thirsteth,

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1      come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come
         ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without
         money and without price.”

         Invite all cordially and freely to this banquet of Chris-
5      tian Science, this feast and flow of Soul. Ask them to
         bring what they possess of love and light to help leaven
         your loaf and replenish your scanty store. Then, after
         presenting the various offerings, and one after another
         has opened his lips to discourse and distribute what God
10    has given him of experience, hope, faith, and under-
         standing, gather up the fragments, and count the baskets
         full of accessions to your love, and see that nothing has
         been lost.

         With love,

To First Church Of Christ, Scientist, In Oconto

         My Beloved Brethren: — Lips nor pen can ever ex-
         press the joy you give me in parting so promptly with
20    your beloved pastor, Rev. Mr. Norcross, to send him to
         aid me. It is a refreshing demonstration of Christianity,
         brotherly love, and all the rich graces of the Spirit. May
         this sacrifice bring to your beloved church a vision of the
         new church, that cometh down from heaven, whose altar
25    is a loving heart, whose communion is fellowship with
         saints and angels. This example of yours is a light that
         cannot be hid.

         Guided by the pillar and the cloud, this little church
         that built the first temple for Christian Science worship
30    shall abide steadfastly in the faith of Jesus’ words: “Fear

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1      not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to
         give you the kingdom.” May He soon give you a pastor;
         already you have the great Shepherd of Israel watch-
         ing over you. Give my forever-love to your dear church.

         Yours in bonds of Christ,

         BOSTON, MASS., 1889

To First Church Of Christ, Scientist, In Scranton

10    Beloved Brethren: — Space is no separator of hearts.
         Spiritually, I am with all who are with Truth, and whose
         hearts today are repeating their joy that God dwelleth
         in the congregation of the faithful, and loveth the gates
         of Zion.

15    The outlook is cheering. We have already seen the
         salvation of many people by means of Christian Science.
         Chapels and churches are dotting the entire land. Con-
         venient houses and halls can now be obtained wherein, as
         whereout, Christian Scientists may worship the Father
20    “in spirit and in truth,” as taught by our great Master.

         “If God be for us, who can be against us?” If He
         be with us, the wayside is a sanctuary, and the desert a
         resting-place peopled with living witnesses of the fact
         that “God is Love.”

25    God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no
         dogma, appropriated by no sect. Not more to one than
         to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and
         Love; and His people are they that reflect Him — that
         reflect Love. Again, this infinite Principle, with its uni-
30    versal manifestation, is all that really is or can be;
         hence God is our Shepherd. He guards, guides, feeds,

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1      and folds the sheep of His pasture; and their ears are
         attuned to His call. In the words of the loving disciple,
         “My sheep hear my voice,… and they follow me;
…neither shall any man pluck them out of my
5      hand.”

         God is a consuming fire. He separates the dross from
         the gold, purifies the human character, through the
         furnace of affliction. Those who bear fruit He purgeth,
         that they may bear more fruit. Through the sacred law,
10    He speaketh to the unfruitful in tones of Sinai: and, in
         the gospel, He saith of the barren fig-tree, “Cut it down;
         why cumbereth it the ground?”

         God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and
         the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on
15    earth and in heaven. David sang, “Whom have I in
         heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I
         desire beside thee.”

         Brother, sister, beloved in the Lord, knowest thou
         thyself, and art thou acquainted with God? If not, I
20    pray thee as a Christian Scientist, delay not to make Him
         thy first acquaintance.

         Glorious things are spoken of you in His Word. Ye
         are a chosen people, whose God is — what? Even All.
         May mercy and truth go before you: may the lamp of
         your life continually be full of oil, and you be wedded
         to the spiritual idea, Christ; then will you heal, and
         teach, and preach, on the ascending scale of everlasting
         Life and Love.

         Affectionately yours in Christ,

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To First Church Of Christ, Scientist, In Denver

         Beloved Pastor and Brethren: — “As in water face
         answereth to face,” and in love continents clasp hands, so
5      the oneness of God includes also His presence with those
         whose hearts unite in the purposes of goodness. Of this
         we may be sure: that thoughts winged with peace and
         love breathe a silent benediction over all the earth, co-
         operate with the divine power, and brood unconsciously
10    o’er the work of His hand.

         I, as a corporeal person, am not in your midst: I, as a
         dictator, arbiter, or ruler, am not present; but I, as a
         mother whose heart pulsates with every throb of theirs
         for the welfare of her children, am present, and rejoice
15    with them that rejoice.

         May meekness, mercy, and love dwell forever in the
         hearts of those who worship in this tabernacle: then
         will they receive the heritage that God has prepared for
         His people, — made ready for the pure in affection, the
20    meek in spirit, the worshipper in truth, the follower of

         Thus founded upon the rock of Christ, when storm
         and tempest beat against this sure foundation, you,
         safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and
25    Love, are God’s nestlings; and He will hide you in His
         feathers till the storm has passed. Into His haven of
         Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels,
         to silence the right intuition which guides you safely


Exercise more faith in God and His spiritual means

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1      and methods, than in man and his material ways and
         means, of establishing the Cause of Christian Science.
         If right yourself, God will confirm His inheritance. “Be
         not weary in well doing.” Truth is restful, and Love is
5      triumphant.

         When God went forth before His people, they were
         fed with manna: they marched through the wilderness:
         they passed through the Red Sea, untouched by the bil-
         lows. At His command, the rock became a fountain;
10    and the land of promise, green isles of refreshment. In
         the words of the Psalmist, when “the Lord gave the word:
         great was the company of those that published it.”

         God is good to Israel, — washed in the waters of
         Meribah, cleansed of the flesh, — good to His Israel
15    encompassed not with pride, hatred, self-will, and self-
         justification; wherein violence covereth men as a gar-
         ment, and as captives are they enchained.

         Christian Scientists bring forth the fruits of Spirit,
         not flesh; and God giveth this “new name” to no man
20    who honors Him not by positive proof of trustworthiness.
         May you be able to say, “I have not cleansed my heart
         in vain.”

         Sir Edwin Arnold, to whom I presented a copy of
         my first edition of “Science and Health with Key to the
25    Scriptures,” writes: —

         Peace on earth and Good-will!
         Souls that are gentle and still
         Hear the first music of this
         Far-off, infinite, Bliss!


So may the God of peace be and abide with this church.

         Affectionately yours,

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To First Church Of Christ, Scientist, In Lawrence

         Beloved Brethren: — The spreading branches of The
         Church of Christ, Scientist, are fast reaching out their
5      broad shelter to the entire world. Your faith has not
         been without works, — and God’s love for His flock is
         manifest in His care. He will dig about this little church,
         prune its encumbering branches, water it with the dews
         of heaven, enrich its roots, and enlarge its borders with
10    divine Love. God only waits for man’s worthiness to
         enhance the means and measure of His grace. You
         have already proof of the prosperity of His Zion. You
         sit beneath your own vine and fig-tree as the growth
         of spirituality — even that vine whereof our Father is
15    husbandman.

         It is the purpose of divine Love to resurrect the under-
         standing, and the kingdom of God, the reign of har-
         mony already within us. Through the word that is
         spoken unto you, are you made free. Abide in His word,
20    and it shall abide in you; and the healing Christ will
         again be made manifest in the flesh — understood and

         Honor thy Father and Mother, God. Continue in
         His love. Bring forth fruit — “signs following” — that
25    your prayers be not hindered. Pray without ceasing.
         Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual ob-
         servation and self-examination. Strive for self-abnega-
         tion, justice, meekness, mercy, purity, love. Let your
         light reflect Light. Have no ambition, affection, nor
30    aim apart from holiness. Forget not for a moment, that

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1      God is All-in-all — therefore, that in reality there is but
         one cause and effect.

         The pride of circumstance or power is the prince of
         this world that has nothing in Christ. All power and
5      happiness are spiritual, and proceed from goodness.
         Sacrifice self to bless one another, even as God has
         blessed you. Forget self in laboring for mankind; then
         will you woo the weary wanderer to your door, win the
         pilgrim and stranger to your church, and find access to
10    the heart of humanity. While pressing meekly on, be
         faithful, be valiant in the Christian’s warfare, and peace
         will crown your joy.

         Lovingly yours,

To Correspondents

         Beloved Students: — Because Mother has not the time
         even to read all of her interesting correspondence, and
         less wherein to answer it (however much she desires
         thus to do), she hereby requests: First, that you, her
20    students’ students, who write such excellent letters to
         her, will hereafter, as a general rule, send them to the
         editors of The Christian Science Journal for publication,
         and thereby give to us all the pleasure of hearing from you.

         If my own students cannot spare time to write to God,
25     — when they address me I shall be apt to forward their
         letters to Him as our common Parent, and by way of
         The Christian Science Journal; thus fulfilling their moral
         obligation to furnish some reading-matter for our denomi-
         national organ. Methinks, were they to contemplate the
30    universal charge wherewith divine Love has entrusted us,

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1      in behalf of a suffering race, they would contribute oftener
         to the pages of this swift vehicle of scientific thought;
         for it reaches a vast number of earnest readers, and seek-
         ers after Truth.

         With love,

To Students

         Beloved Christian Scientists: — Please send in your
         contributions as usual to our Journal. All is well at head-
         quarters, and when the mist shall melt away you will see
10    clearly the signs of Truth and the heaven of Love within
         your hearts. Let the reign of peace and harmony be
         supreme and forever yours.

         I proposed to merge the adjourned meeting in the one
         held at Chicago, because I saw no advantage, but great
15    disadvantage, in one student’s opinions or modus oper-
         andi becoming the basis for others: read “Retrospection”
         on this subject. Science is absolute, and best under-
         stood through the study of my works and the daily Chris-
         tian demonstration thereof. It is their materiality that
20    clogs the progress of students, and “this kind goeth not
         forth but by prayer and fasting.” It is materialism through
         which the animal magnetizer preys, and in turn becomes
         a prey. Spirituality is the basis of all true thought and
         volition. Assembling themselves together, and listening
25    to each other amicably, or contentiously, is no aid to
         students in acquiring solid Christian Science. Experi-
         ence and, above all, obedience, are the aids and tests of
         growth and understanding in this direction.

         With love,
30    MARY B. G. EDDY

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To A Student

         My Dear Student: — It is a great thing to be found
         worthy to suffer for Christ, Truth. Paul said, “If we
         suffer, we shall also reign with him.” Reign then, my
5      beloved in the Lord. He that marketh the sparrow’s fall
         will direct thy way.

         I have written, or caused my secretary to write, to Mr.
         and Mrs. Stewart, of Toronto, Canada (you will find their
         card in The C. S. Journal,) that you or your lawyer will
10    ask them all questions important for your case, and re-
         quested that they furnish all information possible. They
         will be glad to help you. Every true Christian Scientist
         will feel “as bound with you,” but as free in Truth and
         Love, safe under the shadow of His wing.

15    Yes, my student, my Father is your Father; and He
         helps us most when help is most needed, for He is the
         ever-present help.

         I am glad that you are in good cheer. I enclose you
         the name of Mr. E. A. Kimball, C. S. D., of Chicago, —
20    5020 Woodlawn Ave., — for items relative to Mrs. Steb-
         bin’s case.

         “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him;
         and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth
         thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the
25    noonday.” This I know, for God is for us.

         Write me when you need me. Error has no power
         but to destroy itself. It cannot harm you; it cannot stop
         the eternal currents of Truth.

         Ever with love,
         MARY B. G. EDDY

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To A Student

         My Beloved Student: — In reply to your letter I will
         say: God’s ways are not as our ways; but higher far
         than the heavens above the earth is His wisdom above
5      ours. When I requested you to be ordained, I little
         thought of the changes about to be made. When I insisted
         on your speaking without notes, I little knew that
         so soon another change in your pulpit would be demanded.
         But now, after His messenger has obeyed the message
10    of divine Love, comes the interpretation thereof. But you
         see we both had first to obey, and to do this through faith,
         not sight.

         The meaning of it all, as now shown, is this: when
         you were bidden to be ordained, it was in reward for your
15    faithful service, thus to honor it. The second command,
         to drop the use of notes, was to rebuke a lack of faith in
         divine help, and to test your humility and obedience in
         bearing this cross.

         All God’s servants are minute men and women. As
20    of old, I stand with sandals on and staff in hand, wait-
         ing for the watchword and the revelation of what, how,
         whither. Let us be faithful and obedient, and God will
         do the rest.

         In the April number of The Christian Science Journal
25    you will find the forthcoming completion (as I now think)
         of the divine directions sent out to the churches. It is
         satisfactory to note, however, that the order therein given
         corresponds to the example of our Master. Jesus was
         not ordained as our churches ordain ministers. We
         have no record that he used notes when preaching. He

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1      spake in their synagogues, reading the Scriptures and
         expounding them; and God has given to this age “Science
         and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” to elucidate
         His Word.

5      You may read this letter to your church, and then
         send it to Rev. Mr. Norcross, and he will understand.
         May the God of all grace give you peace.

         With love,

Extract From A Christmas Letter

         Beloved Students: — My heart has many rooms: one
         of these is sacred to the memory of my students. Into
         this upper chamber, where all things are pure and of
         good report, — into this sanctuary of love, — I often
15    retreat, sit silently, and ponder. In this chamber is
         memory’s wardrobe, where I deposit certain recollec-
         tions and rare grand collections once in each year. This
         is my Christmas storehouse. Its goods commemorate,
          — not so much the Bethlehem babe, as the man of God,
20    the risen Christ, and the adult Jesus. Here I deposit
         the gifts that my dear students offer at the shrine of
         Christian Science, and to their lone Leader. Here I talk
         once a year, — and this is a bit of what I said in 1890:
         “O glorious Truth! O Mother Love! how has the sense
25    of Thy children grown to behold Thee! and how have
         many weary wings sprung upward! and how has our
         Model, Christ, been unveiled to us, and to the age!”

         I look at the rich devices in embroidery, silver, gold,
         and jewels, — all gifts of Christian Scientists from all
30    parts of our nation, and some from abroad, — then al-

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1      most marvel at the power and permanence of affection
         under the régime of Christian Science! Never did grati-
         tude and love unite more honestly in uttering the word
         thanks, than ours at this season. But a mother’s love
5      behind words has no language; it may give no material
         token, but lives steadily on, through time and circum-
         stance, as part and paramount portion of her being.

         Thus may our lives flow on in the same sweet rhythm
         of head and heart, till they meet and mingle in bliss super-
10    nal. There is a special joy in knowing that one is gaining
         constantly in the knowledge of Truth and divine Love.
         Your progress, the past year, has been marked. It satis-
         fies my present hope. Of this we rest assured, that every
         trial of our faith in God makes us stronger and firmer in
15    understanding and obedience.

         Lovingly yours,

Love is the liberator.