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

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   The true mother never willingly neglects her children
in their early and sacred hours, consigning them to the care
of nurse or stranger.  Who can feel and comprehend the
needs of her babe like the ardent mother?  What other
heart yearns with her solicitude, endures with her patience,
waits with her hope, and labors with her love, to promote
the welfare and happiness of her children?  Thus must the
Mother in Israel give all her hours to those first sacred
tasks, till her children can walk steadfastly in wisdom's
   One of my students wrote to me: "I believe the proper
thing for us to do is to follow, as nearly as we can, in the
path you have pursued!"  It is gladdening to find, in such
a student, one of the children of light.  It is safe to leave
with God the government of man.  He appoints and He

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anoints His Truth-bearers, and God is their sure defense
and refuge.
   The parable of "the prodigal son" is rightly called "the
pearl of parables," and our Master's greatest utterance may
well be called "the diamond sermon."  No purer and more
exalted teachings ever fell upon human ears than those contained
in what is commonly known as the Sermon on the
Mount, - though this name has been given it by compilers
and translators of the Bible, and not by the Master himself
or by the Scripture authors.  Indeed, this title really
indicates more the Master's mood, than the material
   Where did Jesus deliver this great lesson - or, rather,
this series of great lessons - on humanity and divinity?
On a hillside, near the sloping shores of the Lake of Galilee,
where he spake primarily to his immediate disciples.
   In this simplicity, and with such fidelity, we see Jesus
ministering to the spiritual needs of all who placed themselves
under his care, always leading them into the divine
order, under the sway of his own perfect understanding.
His power over others was spiritual, not corporeal.  To the
students whom he had chosen, his immortal teaching was
the bread of Life.  When he was with them, a fishing-boat
became a sanctuary, and the solitude was peopled with
holy messages from the All-Father.  The grove became
his class-room, and nature's haunts were the Messiah's
   What has this hillside priest, this seaside teacher, done
for the human race?  Ask, rather, what has he not done.
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wrought infinite results.  The method of his religion was
not too simple to be sublime, nor was his power so exalted
as to be unavailable for the needs of suffering mortals,
whose wounds he healed by Truth and Love.
   His order of ministration was "first the blade, then the
ear, after that the full corn in the ear."  May we unloose
the latchets of his Christliness, inherit his legacy of love,
and reach the fruition of his promise: "If ye abide in me,
and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you."

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