Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Will those beloved students, whose growth is taking in
the Ten Commandments and scaling the steep ascent of
Christ's Sermon on the Mount, accept profound thanks for
their swift messages of rejoicing over the twentieth century
Church Manual?  Heaps upon heaps of praise confront
me, and for what?  That which I said in my heart
would never be needed, - namely, laws of limitation for a
Christian Scientist.  Thy ways are not as ours.  Thou
knowest best what we need most, - hence my disappointed
hope and grateful joy.  The redeemed should be
happier than the elect.  Truth is strong with destiny;
it takes life profoundly; it measures the infinite against

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the finite.  Notwithstanding the sacrilegious moth of time,
eternity awaits our Church Manual, which will maintain
its rank as in the past, amid ministries aggressive and
active, and will stand when those have passed to rest.
   Scientific pathology illustrates the digestion of spiritual
nutriment as both sweet and bitter, - sweet in expectancy
and bitter in experience or during the senses' assimilation
thereof, and digested only when Soul silences the dyspepsia
of sense.  This church is impartial.  Its rules apply not
to one member only, but to one and all equally.  Of this
I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will
increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his
capacity to heal the sick, to comfort such as mourn, and
to awaken the sinner.

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