Chapter 16 — Tributes

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1                           [New York Mail and Express]


3     THE movement to erect a monument to the late
       Baron and Baroness de Hirsch enlists my hearty
       sympathy. They were unquestionably used in a re-
6     markable degree as instruments of divine Love.

       Divine Love reforms, regenerates, giving to human
       weakness strength, serving as admonition, instruction, and
9     governing all that really is. Divine Love is the noumenon
       and phenomenon, the Principle and practice of divine
       metaphysics. Love talked and not lived is a poor shift
12    for the weak and worldly. Love lived in a court or cot
       is God exemplified, governing governments, industries,
       human rights, liberty, life.

15    In love for man we gain the only and true sense of love
       for God, practical good, and so rise and still rise to His
       image and likeness, and are made partakers of that Mind
18    whence springs the universe.

       Philanthropy is loving, ameliorative, revolutionary; it
       wakens lofty desires, new possibilities, achievements, and
21    energies; it lays the axe at the root of the tree that
       bringeth not forth good fruit; it touches thought to
       spiritual issues, systematizes action, and insures success;

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1     it starts the wheels of right reason, revelation, justice, and
       mercy; it unselfs men and pushes on the ages. Love
3     unfolds marvellous good and uncovers hidden evil. The
       philanthropist or reformer gives little thought to self-
       defence; his life’s incentive and sacrifice need no apology.
6     The good done and the good to do are his ever-present

       Love for mankind is the elevator of the human race;
9     it demonstrates Truth and reflects divine Love. Good is
       divinely natural. Evil is unnatural; it has no origin in
       the nature of God, and He is the Father of all.

12    The great Galilean Prophet was, is, the reformer of re-
       formers. His piety partook not of the travesties of human
       opinions, pagan mysticisms, tribal religion, Greek phi-
15    losophy, creed, dogma, or materia medica. The divine
       Mind was his only instrumentality in religion or medi-
       cine. The so-called laws of matter he eschewed; with
18    him matter was not the auxiliary of Spirit. He never
       appealed to matter to perform the functions of Spirit,
       divine Love.

21    Jesus cast out evil, disease, death, showing that all
       suffering is commensurate with sin; therefore, he cast
       out devils and healed the sick. He showed that every
24    effect or amplification of wrong will revert to the wrong-
       doer; that sin punishes itself; hence his saying, “Sin
       no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Love
27    atones for sin through love that destroys sin. His rod
       is love.

       We cannot remake ourselves, but we can make the
30    best of what God has made. We can know that all is
       good because God made all, and that evil is not a
       fatherly grace.

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1     All education is work. The thing most important is
       what we do, not what we say. God’s open secret is seen
3     through grace, truth, and love.

       I enclose a check for five hundred dollars for the
       De Hirsch monument fund.


       MR. WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, C.S.B., Clerk

       Beloved Student: — I deem it proper that The Mother
9     Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, the
       first church of Christian Science known on earth, should
       upon this solemn occasion congregate; that a special meet-
12    ing of its First Members convene for the sacred purpose of
       expressing our deep sympathy with the bereaved nation,
       its loss and the world’s loss, in the sudden departure of
15    the late lamented Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and
       Empress of India, — long honored, revered, beloved.
       “God save the Queen” is heard no more in England, but
18    this shout of love lives on in the heart of millions.

       With love,

       January 27, 1901

       It being inconvenient for me to attend the memorial
24    meeting in the South Congregational church on Sunday
       evening, February 3, I herewith send a few words of con-
       dolence, which may be read on that tender occasion.

27    I am interested in a meeting to be held in the capi-
       tal of my native State in memoriam of the late lamented
       Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India.

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1     It betokens a love and a loss felt by the strong hearts
       of New England and the United States. When contem-
3     plating this sudden international bereavement, the near
       seems afar, the distant nigh, and the tried and true seem
       few. The departed Queen’s royal and imperial honors
6     lose their lustre in the tomb, but her personal virtues can
       never be lost. Those live on in the affection of nations.

       Few sovereigns have been as venerable, revered, and
9     beloved as this noble woman, born in 1819, married in
       1840, and deceased the first month of the new century.


12    My Dear Mrs. McKinley: — My soul reaches out to God
       for your support, consolation, and victory. Trust in Him
       whose love enfolds thee. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect
15    peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth
       in Thee.” “Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee.”
       Divine Love is never so near as when all earthly joys seem
18    most afar.

       Thy tender husband, our nation’s chief magistrate, has
       passed earth’s shadow into Life’s substance. Through
21    a momentary mist he beheld the dawn. He awaits to
       welcome you where no arrow wounds the eagle soaring,
       where no partings are for love, where the high and holy
24    call you again to meet.

       “I knew that Thou hearest me always,” are the words of
       him who suffered and subdued sorrow. Hold this attitude
27    of mind, and it will remove the sackcloth from thy home.

       With love,

       September 14, 1901

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       Imperative, accumulative, holy demands rested on the
3     life and labors of our late beloved President, William
       McKinley. Presiding over the destinies of a nation
       meant more to him than a mere rehearsal of aphorisms,
6     a uniting of breaches soon to widen, a quiet assent or dis-
       sent. His work began with heavy strokes, measured
       movements, reaching from the infinitesimal to the
9     infinite. It began by warming the marble of politics
       into zeal according to wisdom, quenching the vol-
       canoes of partizanship, and uniting the interests of all
12    peoples; and it ended with a universal good overcoming

       His home relations enfolded a wealth of affection, — a
15    tenderness not talked but felt and lived. His humanity,
       weighed in the scales of divinity, was not found wanting.
       His public intent was uniform, consistent, sympathetic,
18    and so far as it fathomed the abyss of difficulties was
       wise, brave, unselfed. May his history waken a tone
       of truth that shall reverberate, renew euphony, empha-
21    size humane power, and bear its banner into the vast

       While our nation’s ensign of peace and prosperity
24    waves over land and sea, while her reapers are strong,
       her sheaves garnered, her treasury filled, she is suddenly
       stricken, — called to mourn the loss of her renowned
27    leader! Tears blend with her triumphs. She stops to
       think, to mourn, yea, to pray, that the God of harvests
       send her more laborers, who, while they work for their
30    own country, shall sacredly regard the liberty of other
       peoples and the rights of man.

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1     What cannot love and righteousness achieve for the
       race? All that can be accomplished, and more than his-
3     tory has yet recorded. All good that ever was written,
       taught, or wrought comes from God and human faith in
       the right. Through divine Love the right government is
6     assimilated, the way pointed out, the process shortened,
       and the joy of acquiescence consummated. May God
       sanctify our nation’s sorrow in this wise, and His rod
9     and His staff comfort the living as it did the departing.
       O may His love shield, support, and comfort the chief
       mourner at the desolate home!


       My answer to the inquiry, “Why did Christians of every
       sect in the United States fail in their prayers to save
15    the life of President McKinley,” is briefly this: Insuffi-
       cient faith or spiritual understanding, and a compound of
       prayers in which one earnest, tender desire works uncon-
18    sciously against the modus operandi of another, would
       prevent the result desired. In the June, 1901, Message
       to my church in Boston, I refer to the effect of one
21    human desire or belief unwittingly neutralizing another,
       though both are equally sincere.

       In the practice of materia medica, croton oil is not mixed
24    with morphine to remedy dysentery, for those drugs are
       supposed to possess opposite qualities and so to produce
       opposite effects. The spirit of the prayer of the righteous
27    heals the sick, but this spirit is of God, and the divine
       Mind is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; where-
       as the human mind is a compound of faith and doubt,
30    of fear and hope, of faith in truth and faith in error.

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1     The knowledge that all things are possible to God ex-
       cludes doubt, but differing human concepts as to the
3     divine power and purpose of infinite Mind, and the so-
       called power of matter, act as the different properties of
       drugs are supposed to act — one against the other — and
6     this compound of mind and matter neutralizes itself.

       Our lamented President, in his loving acquiescence,
       believed that his martyrdom was God’s way. Hun-
9     dreds, thousands of others believed the same, and hun-
       dreds of thousands who prayed for him feared that the
       bullet would prove fatal. Even the physicians may have
12    feared this.

       These conflicting states of the human mind, of trembling
       faith, hope, and of fear, evinced a lack of the absolute
15    understanding of God’s omnipotence, and thus they pre-
       vented the power of absolute Truth from reassuring the
       mind and through the mind resuscitating the body of
18    the patient.

       The divine power and poor human sense — yea, the spirit
       and the flesh — struggled, and to mortal sense the flesh pre-
21    vailed. Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no
       opposing element, and President McKinley’s recovery
       been regarded as wholly contingent on the power of God,
24    — on the power of divine Love to overrule the pur-
       poses of hate and the law of Spirit to control matter, —
       the result would have been scientific, and the patient
27    would have recovered.

       St. Paul writes: “For the law of the Spirit of life in
       Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
30    death.” And the Saviour of man saith: “What things
       soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
       them, and ye shall have them.” Human governments

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1     maintain the right of the majority to rule. Christian
       Scientists are yet in a large minority on the subject of
3     divine metaphysics; but they improve the morals and the
       lives of men, and they heal the sick on the basis that God
       has all power, is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent,
6     supreme over all.

       In a certain city the Master “did not many mighty
       works there because of their unbelief,” — because of the
9     mental counteracting elements, the startled or the un-
       righteous contradicting minds of mortals. And if he were
       personally with us to-day, he would rebuke whatever
12    accords not with a full faith and spiritual knowledge of
       God. He would mightily rebuke a single doubt of the
       ever-present power of divine Spirit to control all the con-
15    ditions of man and the universe.

       If the skilful surgeon or the faithful M.D. is not dis-
       mayed by a fruitless use of the knife or the drug, has not
18    the Christian Scientist with his conscious understanding
       of omnipotence, in spite of the constant stress of the
       hindrances previously mentioned, reason for his faith in
21    what is shown him by God’s works?


       The sad, sudden announcement of the decease of Pope
24    Leo XIII, touches the heart and will move the pen of
       millions. The intellectual, moral, and religious energy
       of this illustrious pontiff have animated the Church of
27    Rome for one quarter of a century. The august ruler
       of two hundred and fifty million human beings has now
       passed through the shadow of death into the great forever.
30    The court of the Vatican mourns him; his relatives
       shed “the unavailing tear.” He is the loved and lost

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1     of many millions. I sympathize with those who mourn,
       but rejoice in knowing our dear God comforts such with
3     the blessed assurance that life is not lost; its influence
       remains in the minds of men, and divine Love holds
       its substance safe in the certainty of immortality.
6     “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
       (John 1: 4.)


       NUREM            BERG IN 1733

12    Dear Student: — I am in grateful receipt of your time-
       worn Bible in German. This Book of books is also the
       gift of gifts; and kindness in its largest, profoundest
15    sense is goodness. It was kind of you to give it to me.
       I thank you for it.

       Christian Scientists are fishers of men. The Bible is
18    our sea-beaten rock. It guides the fishermen. It stands
       the storm. It engages the attention and enriches the
       being of all men.

       [Copy of Cablegram]

24     55 Lancaster Gate, West, London, England

       Divine Love is your ever-present help. You, I, and
       mankind have cause to lament the demise of Lord Dun-
27    more; but as the Christian Scientist, the servant of God
       and man, he still lives, loves, labors.


       August 31, 1907

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       The able discourse of our “learned judge,” his flash of
3     flight and insight, lays the axe “unto the root of the
       trees,” and shatters whatever hinders the Science of
6                    MARY BAKER EDDY
       October 14, 1907

       “HEAR, O ISRAEL”

       The late lamented Christian Scientist brother and the
       publisher of my books, Joseph Armstrong, C.S.D., is not
12    dead, neither does he sleep nor rest from his labors in
       divine Science; and his works do follow him. Evil has no
       power to harm, to hinder, or to destroy the real spiritual
15    man. He is wiser to-day, healthier and happier, than
       yesterday. The mortal dream of life, substance, or mind
       in matter, has been lessened, and the reward of good
18    and punishment of evil and the waking out of his Adam-
       dream of evil will end in harmony, — evil powerless, and
       God, good, omnipotent and infinite.

21                       MARY BAKER EDDY

       December 10, 1907


       In the New York American, January 6, 1908, Miss
       Clara Barton dipped her pen in my heart, and traced its
27    emotions, motives, and object. Then, lifting the curtains
       of mortal mind, she depicted its rooms, guests, standing
       and seating capacity, and thereafter gave her discovery

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1     to the press. Now if Miss Barton were not a venerable
       soldier, patriot, philanthropist, moralist, and states-
3     woman, I should shrink from such salient praise. But
       in consideration of all that Miss Barton really is,
       and knowing that she can bear the blows which may
6     follow said description of her soul-visit, I will say, Amen,
       so be it.


       January l0, 1908


12    A suppositional gust of evil in this evil world is the
       dark hour that precedes the dawn. This gust blows
       away the baubles of belief, for there is in reality no evil,
15    no disease, no death; and the Christian Scientist who
       believes that he dies, gains a rich blessing of disbelief in
       death, and a higher realization of heaven.

18    My beloved Edward A. Kimball, whose clear, correct
       teaching of Christian Science has been and is an inspira-
       tion to the whole field, is here now as veritably as when
21    he visited me a year ago. If we would awaken to this
       recognition, we should see him here and realize that he
       never died; thus demonstrating the fundamental truth
24    of Christian Science.



27    I have not had sufficient interest in the matter to read
       or to note from others’ reading what the enemies of
       Christian Science are said to be circulating regarding my
30    history, but my friends have read Sibyl Wilbur’s book,

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1     “The Life of Mary Baker Eddy,” and request the privi-
       lege of buying, circulating, and recommending it to the
3     public. I briefly declare that nothing has occurred in my
       life’s experience which, if correctly narrated and under-
       stood, could injure me; and not a little is already re-
6     ported of the good accomplished therein, the self-sacrifice,
       etc., that has distinguished all my working years.

       I thank Miss Wilbur and the Concord Publishing Com-
9     pany for their unselfed labors in placing this book before
       the public, and hereby say that they have my permission
       to publish and circulate this work.

12                    MARY BAKER EDDY

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