Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   To energize wholesome spiritual warfare, to rebuke
vainglory, to offset boastful emptiness, to crown
patient toil, and rejoice in the spirit and power of Christian
Science, we must ourselves be true.  There is but one way
of doing good, and that is to do it!  There is but one way of
being good, and that is to be good!
   Art thou still unacquainted with thyself?  Then be introduced
to this self.  "Know thyself!" as said the classic
Grecian motto.  Note well the falsity of this mortal self!
Behold its vileness, and remember this poverty-stricken
"stranger that is within thy gates."  Cleanse every stain
from this wanderer's soiled garments, wipe the dust from
his feet and the tears from his eyes, that you may behold
the real man, the fellow-saint of a holy household.  There
should be no blot on the escutcheon of our Christliness
when we offer our gift upon the altar.
   A student desiring growth in the knowledge of Truth,
can and will obtain it by taking up his cross and following
Truth.  If he does this not, and another one undertakes to
carry his burden and do his work, the duty will not be
accomplished.  No one can save himself without God's
help, and God will help each man who performs his own
part.  After this manner and in no other way is every
man cared for and blessed.  To the unwise helper our

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Master said, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their
   The poet's line, "Order is heaven's first law," is so eternally
true, so axiomatic, that it has become a truism; and
its wisdom is as obvious in religion and scholarship as in
astronomy or mathematics.
   Experience has taught me that the rules of Christian
Science can be far more thoroughly and readily acquired
by regularly settled and systematic workers, than by unsettled
and spasmodic efforts.  Genuine Christian Scientists
are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding
people on earth, because their religion demands implicit
adherence to fixed rules, in the orderly demonstration
thereof.  Let some of these rules be here stated.
   First: Christian Scientists are to "heal the sick" as the
Master commanded.
   In so doing they must follow the divine order as prescribed
by Jesus, - never, in any way, to trespass upon
the rights of their neighbors, but to obey the celestial injunction,
"Whatsoever ye would that men should do to
you, do ye even so to them."
   In this orderly, scientific dispensation healers become a
law unto themselves.  They feel their own burdens less,
and can therefore bear the weight of others' burdens, since
it is only through the lens of their unselfishness that the
sunshine of Truth beams with such efficacy as to dissolve
   It is already understood that Christian Scientists will
not receive a patient who is under the care of a regular
physician, until he has done with the case and different aid

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is sought.  The same courtesy should be observed in the
professional intercourse of Christian Science healers with
one another.
   Second: Another command of the Christ, his prime
command, was that his followers should "raise the dead."
He lifted his own body from the sepulchre.  In him, Truth
called the physical man from the tomb to health, and the
so-called dead forthwith emerged into a higher manifestation
of Life.
   The spiritual significance of this command, "Raise the

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