Class, Pulpit, Students’ Students

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6      When will you take a class in Christian Science or
         speak to your church in Boston? is often asked.

         I shall speak to my dear church at Boston very seldom.
         The Mother Church must be self-sustained by God.
10    The date of a class in Christian Science should depend
         on the fitness of things, the tide which flows heavenward,
         the hour best for the student. Until minds become less
         worldly-minded, and depart farther from the primitives
         of the race, and have profited up to their present capac-
15    ity from the written word, they are not ready for the
         word spoken at this date.

         My juniors can tell others what they know, and turn
         them slowly toward the haven. Imperative, accumula-
         tive, sweet demands rest on my retirement from life’s
20    bustle. What, then, of continual recapitulation of tired
         aphorisms and disappointed ethics; of patching breaches
         widened the next hour; of pounding wisdom and love
         into sounding brass; of warming marble and quench-
         ing volcanoes! Before entering the Massachusetts Meta-
25    physical College, had my students achieved the point
         whence they could have derived most benefit from their
         pupilage, to-day there would be on earth paragons of
         Christianity, patterns of humility, wisdom, and might
         for the world.

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1      To the students whom I have not seen that ask, “May
         I call you mother?” my heart replies, Yes, if you are
         doing God’s work. When born of Truth and Love, we
         are all of one kindred.

5      The hour has struck for Christian Scientists to do their
         own work; to appreciate the signs of the times; to dem-
         onstrate self-knowledge and self-government; and to
         demonstrate, as this period demands, over all sin, disease,
         and death. The dear ones whom I would have great
10    pleasure in instructing, know that the door to my teaching
         was shut when my College closed.

         Again, it is not absolutely requisite for some people
         to be taught in a class, for they can learn by spiritual
         growth and by the study of what is written. Scarcely a
15    moiety, compared with the whole of the Scriptures and
         the Christian Science textbook, is yet assimilated spirit-
         ually by the most faithful seekers; yet this assimilation is
         indispensable to the progress of every Christian Scientist.
         These considerations prompt my answers to the above
20    questions. Human desire is inadequate to adjust the
         balance on subjects of such earnest import. These
         words of our Master explain this hour: “What I do
         thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.”

         My sympathies are deeply enlisted for the students
25    of students; having already seen in many instances their
         talents, culture, and singleness of purpose to uplift the
         race. Such students should not pay the penalty for
         other people’s faults; and divine Love will open the
         way for them. My soul abhors injustice, and loves
30    mercy. St. John writes: “Whom God hath sent speaketh
         the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by meas-
         ure unto him.”

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