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

TO THE MOTHER CHURCH
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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,
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
our church is to tell thy brother his fault and thereby help
him.  If this rule fails in effect, then take the next Scriptural
step:  drop this member's name from the church, and
thereafter "let the dead bury their dead," - let silence
prevail over his remains.
   If a man is jealous, envious, or revengeful, he will seek
occasion to balloon an atom of another man's indiscretion,
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;
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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so long as a hope remained of thereby benefiting him?
Has her life exemplified long-suffering, meekness, charity,
purity?
   She readily leaves the answer to those who know
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
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
subject: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
Lord."
   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
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
commit against himself is to wrong one of God's "little
ones."
   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
anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind's triumphal
march out of the wilderness, out of darkness
into light.

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   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
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
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

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