CHAPTER VIII: Dedicatory Messsages to Branch Churches
both practices - materia medica and the scientific metaphysical
practice of medicine - shows the latter not only
equalling but vastly excelling the former.
Christians who accept our Master as authority, regard
his sayings as infallible. Jesus' students, failing to cure a
severe case of lunacy, asked their great Teacher, "Why
could not we cast him out?" He answered, "This kind
goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." This declaration
of our Master, as to the relative value, skill, and
certainty of the divine laws of Mind over the human
mind and above matter in healing disease, remains beyond
questioning a divine decision in behalf of Mind.
Jesus gave his disciples (students) power over all manner
of diseases; and the Bible was written in order that all
peoples, in all ages, should have the same opportunity to
become students of the Christ, Truth, and thus become
God-endued with power (knowledge of divine law) and
with "signs following." Jesus declared that his teaching
and practice would remain, even as it did, "for them also
which shall believe on me through their word." Then,
in the name of God, wherefore vilify His prophets to-day
who are fulfilling Jesus' prophecy and verifying his last
promise, "Lo, I am with you alway"? It were well for
the world if there survived more of the wisdom of Nicodemus
of old, who said, "No man can do these miracles
that thou doest, except God be with him."
Be patient towards persecution. Injustice has not a
tithe of the power of justice. Your enemies will advertise
for you. Christian Science is spreading steadily throughout
the world. Persecution is the weakness of tyrants
engendered by their fear, and love will cast it out. Continue
steadfast in love and good works. Children of
light, you are not children of darkness. Let your light
shine. Keep in mind the foundations of Christian
Science - one God and one Christ. Keep personality
out of sight, and Christ's "Blessed are ye" will seal your
This glad Easter morning witnesseth a risen Saviour, a
higher human sense of Life and Love, which wipes away
all tears. With grave-clothes laid aside, Christ, Truth, has
come forth from the tomb of the past, clad in immortality.
The sepulchres give up their dead. Spirit is saying unto
matter: I am not there, am not within you. Behold the
place where they laid me; but human thought has risen!
Mortality's thick gloom is pierced. The stone is rolled
away. Death has lost its sting, and the grave its victory.
Immortal courage fills the human breast and lights the
living way of Life.
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
My Beloved Brethren: - Your card of invitation to this
feast of soul - the dedication of your church - was duly
received. Accept my thanks.
Ye sit not in the idol's temple. Ye build not to an
unknown God. Ye worship Him whom ye serve. Boast
not thyself, thou ransomed of divine Love, but press on
unto the possession of unburdened bliss. Heal the sick,
make spotless the blemished, raise the living dead, cast
out fashionable lunacy.
The ideal robe of Christ is seamless. Thou hast touched
its hem, and thou art being healed. The risen Christ is
thine. The haunting mystery and gloom of his glory
rule not this century. Thine is the upspringing hope, the
conquest over sin and mortality, that lights the living
way to Life, not to death.
May the God of our fathers, the infinite Person whom