Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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To the Chicago Churches

   My Beloved Brethren: - I have yearned to express my
thanks for your munificent gift to First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Concord, of ten thousand dollars.  What is
gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focusing
light where love, memory, and all within the human
heart is present to manifest light.
   Is it not a joy to compare the beginning of Christian
Science in Chicago with its present prosperity?  Now
904] six dear churches are there, the members of which
not only possess a sound faith, but that faith also possesses
them.  A great sanity, a mighty something buried in the
depths of the unseen, has wrought a resurrection among
you, and has leaped into living love.  What is this
something, this phoenix fire, this pillar by day, kindling,
guiding, and guarding your way?  It is unity, the bond
of perfectness, the thousandfold expansion that will
engirdle the world, - unity, which unfolds the thought
most within us into the greater and better, the sum of
all reality and good.
   This unity is reserved wisdom and strength.  It builds
upon the rock, against which envy, enmity, or malice
beat in vain.  Man lives, moves, and has his being in God,
Love.  Then man must live, he cannot die; and Love

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must necessarily promote and pervade all his success.
Of two things fate cannot rob us; namely, of choosing
the best, and of helping others thus to choose.
But in doing this the Master became the servant.  The
grand must stoop to the menial.  There is scarcely an
indignity which I have not endured for the cause of
Christ, Truth, and I returned blessing for cursing.  The
best help the worst; the righteous suffer for the unrighteous;
and by this spirit man lives and thrives, and by
it God governs.

To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York

   Beloved Brethren: - I beg to thank the dear brethren of
this church for the sum of ten thousand dollars presented
to me for First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Concord,
N. H.  Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for
goodness makes life a blessing.  As an active portion of
one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with
universal good.  Thus may each member of this church
rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the
scientific response:  I am able to impart truth, health, and
happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason
for existing.
   Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest.  It has
a relapse into the common hope.  Goodness and benevolence
never tire.  They maintain themselves and others
and never stop from exhaustion.  He who is afraid of
being too generous has lost the power of being
magnanimous.  The best man or woman is the most unselfed.
God grant that this church is rapidly nearing the maximum
of might, - the means that build to the heavens,
- that it has indeed found and felt the infinite source

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where is all, and from which it can help its neighbor.
Then efforts to be great will never end in anarchy but
will continue with divine approbation.  It is insincerity
and a half-persuaded faith that fail to succeed and fall
to the earth.
   Religions may waste away, but the fittest survives;
and so long as we have the right ideal, life is worth living
and God takes care of our life.

To The Mother Church

   My Beloved Brethren: - Your munificent gift of ten

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