(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

LETTER OF THE PASTOR EMERITUS, JUNE, 1903
page 619


LETTER OF THE PASTOR EMERITUS, JUNE, 1903



   My Beloved Brethren: - I have a secret to tell you and
a question to ask.  Do you know how much I love you
and the nature of this love?  No:  then my sacred secret
is incommunicable, and we live apart.  But, yes:  and
this inmost something becomes articulate, and my book
is not all you know of me.  But your knowledge with
its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, even as
your heart has discovered it.  The spiritual bespeaks

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our temporal history.  Difficulty, abnegation, constant
battle against the world, the flesh, and evil, tell my longkept
secret - evidence a heart wholly in protest and
unutterable in love.
   The unprecedented progress of Christian Science is proverbial,
and we cannot be too grateful nor too humble for
this, inasmuch as our daily lives serve to enhance or to
stay its glory.  To triumph in truth, to keep the faith
individually and collectively, conflicting elements must
be mastered.  Defeat need not follow victory.  Joy over
good achievements and work well done should not
be eclipsed by some lost opportunity, some imperative
demand not yet met.
   Truth, Life, and Love will never lose their claim on us.
And here let me add: -

      Truth happifies life in the hamlet or town;
      Life lessens all pride - its pomp and its frown -
      Love comes to our tears like a soft summer shower,
      To beautify, bless, and inspire man's power.



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