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

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Substance of my Address at the National Convention in Chicago,
June 13, 1888

   The National Christian Scientist Association has
brought us together to minister and to be ministered
unto; mutually to aid one another in finding ways and
means for helping the whole human family; to quicken
and extend the interest already felt in a higher mode of
medicine; to watch with eager joy the individual growth
of Christian Scientists, and the progress of our common
Cause in Chicago, - the miracle of the Occident.  We
come to strengthen and perpetuate our organizations
and institutions; and to find strength in union, - strength
to build up, through God's right hand, that pure and
undefiled religion whose Science demonstrates God and
the perfectibility of man.  This purpose is immense,
and it must begin with individual growth, a "consummation
devoutly to be wished."  The lives of all reformers
attest the authenticity of their mission, and call
the world to acknowledge its divine Principle.  Truly
is it written: -

      "Thou must be true thyself, if thou the truth would'st teach;
      Thy heart must overflow, if thou another's heart would'st


   Science is absolute and final.  It is revolutionary in
its very nature; for it upsets all that is not upright.
It annuls false evidence, and saith to the five material
senses, "Having eyes ye see not, and ears ye hear not;
neither can you understand."  To weave one thread of
Science through the looms of time, is a miracle in itself.
The risk is stupendous.  It cost Galileo, what?  This
awful price:  the temporary loss of his self-respect.  His
fear overcame his loyalty; the courage of his convictions
fell before it.  Fear is the weapon in the hands of
   Men and women of the nineteenth century, are you
called to voice a higher order of Science?  Then obey
this call.  Go, if you must, to the dungeon or the scaffold,
but take not back the words of Truth.  How many
are there ready to suffer for a righteous cause, to stand
a long siege, take the front rank, face the foe, and be
in the battle every day?
   In no other one thing seemed Jesus of Nazareth more
divine than in his faith in the immortality of his words.
He said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my
words shall not pass away;" and they have not.  The
winds of time sweep clean the centuries, but they can
never bear into oblivion his words.  They still live, and
to-morrow speak louder than to-day.  They are to-day
as the voice of one crying in the wilderness, "Make
straight God's paths; make way for health, holiness,
universal harmony, and come up hither."  The grandeur
of the word, the power of Truth, is again casting
out evils and healing the sick; and it is whispered, "This
is Science."
   Jesus taught by the wayside, in humble homes.  He

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spake of Truth and Love to artless listeners and dull
disciples.  His immortal words were articulated in a
decaying language, and then left to the providence of
God.  Christian Science was to interpret them; and
woman, "last at the cross," was to awaken the dull senses,
intoxicated with pleasure or pain, to the infinite meaning
of those words.
   Past, present, future, will show the word and might of
Truth - healing the sick and reclaiming the sinner -
so long as there remains a claim of error for Truth to
deny or to destroy.  Love's labors are not lost.  The

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