Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor
to rise in consciousness to the true sense of
the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great
fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion.
   In time of religious or scientific prosperity, certain individuals
are inclined to cling to the personality of its
leader.  This state of mind is sickly; it is a contagion
- a mental malady, which must be met and overcome.
Why?  Because it would dethrone the First Commandment,
Thou shalt have one God.
   If God is one and God is Person, then Person is infinite;
and there is no personal worship, for God is divine Principle,
Love.  Hence the sin, the danger and darkness of
personal contagion.
   Forgetting divine Principle brings on this contagion.
Its symptoms are based upon personal sight or sense.
Declaring the truth regarding an individual or leader,
rendering praise to whom praise is due, is not a symptom
of this contagious malady, but persistent pursuit
of his or her person is.
   Every loss in grace and growth spiritual, since time
began, has come from injustice and personal contagion.
Had the ages helped their leaders to, and let them alone

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in, God's glory, the world would not have lost the Science
of Christianity.
   "What went ye out for to see?"  A person, or a
Principle?  Whichever it be, determines the right or the
wrong of this following.  A personal motive gratified by
sense will leave one "a reed shaken with the wind,"
whereas helping a leader in God's direction, and giving
this leader time and retirement to pursue the infinite
ascent, - the comprehending of the divine order and consciousness
in Science, - will break one's own dream of
personal sense, heal disease, and make one a Christian
   Is not the old question still rampant?  "When saw we
thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed
thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee?"  But when may we see you, to get some good
out of your personality?
   "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God" (St. John).  This
great truth of God's impersonality and individuality and
of man in His image and likeness, individual, but not
personal, is the foundation of Christian Science.  There
was never a religion or philosophy lost to the centuries
except by sinking its divine Principle in personality.
May all Christian Scientists ponder this fact, and give
their talents and loving hearts free scope only in the
right direction!
   I left Boston in the height of prosperity to retreat from
the world, and to seek the one divine Person, whereby
and wherein to show others the footsteps from sense to
Soul.  To give me this opportunity is all that I ask of

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   My soul thanks the loyal, royal natures of the beloved
members of my church who cheerfully obey God and
steadily go on promoting the true Principle of Christian
Science.  Only the disobedient spread personal contagion,
and any imaginary benefit they receive is the effect of
self-mesmerism, wherein the remedy is worse than the

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