Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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where error fails.
   Mind governs all.  That we exist in God, perfect,
there is no doubt, for the conceptions of Life, Truth, and
Love must be perfect; and with that basic truth we conquer
sickness, sin, and death.  Frequently it requires
time to overcome the patient's faith in drugs and material
hygiene; but when once convinced of the uselessness
of such material methods, the gain is rapid.
   It is a noticeable fact, that in families where laws
of health are strictly enforced, great caution is observed
in regard to diet, and the conversation chiefly confined
to the ailments of the body, there is the most sickness.
Take a large family of children where the mother has
all that she can attend to in keeping them clothed and
fed, and health is generally the rule; whereas, in small
families of one or two children, sickness is by no means


the exception.  These children must not be allowed to
eat certain food, nor to breathe the cold air, because
there is danger in it; when they perspire, they must be
loaded down with coverings until their bodies become
dry, - and the mother of one child is often busier than
the mother of eight.
   Great charity and humility is necessary in this work
of healing.  The loving patience of Jesus, we must
strive to emulate.  "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself" has daily to be exemplified; and, although
skepticism and incredulity prevail in places where
one would least expect it, it harms not; for if serving
Christ, Truth, of what can mortal opinion avail?  Cast
not your pearls before swine; but if you cannot bring
peace to all, you can to many, if faithful laborers in His
   Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally
reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease
seems the very air.  These descriptions carry fears to
many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon
the body.  A periodical of our own will counteract to
some extent this public nuisance; for through our paper,
at the price at which we shall issue it, we shall be able
to reach many homes with healing, purifying thought.
A great work already has been done, and a greater work
yet remains to be done.  Oftentimes we are denied the
results of our labors because people do not understand
the nature and power of metaphysics, and they think
that health and strength would have returned naturally
without any assistance.  This is not so much from
a lack of justice, as it is that the mens populi is not sufficiently
enlightened on this great subject.  More thought


is given to material illusions than to spiritual facts.  If
we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin,
we shall have accomplished much; but if we can bring
to the general thought this great fact that drugs do not,
cannot, produce health and harmony, since "in Him
ind] we live, and move, and have our being," we shall
have done more.

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