Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Mrs. Eddy endeavors to bestow her charities for such
purposes only as God indicates.  Giving merely in compliance
with solicitations or petitions from strangers,
incurs the liability of working in wrong directions.  As
a rule, she has suffered most from those whom she has
labored much to benefit - also from the undeserving
poor to whom she has given large sums of money, worse
than wasted.  She has, therefore, finally resolved to
spend no more time or money in such uncertain, unfortunate
investments.  She has qualified students for
healing the sick, and has ceased practice herself in order
to help God's work in other of its highest and infinite
meanings, as God, not man, directs.  Hence, letters from
invalids demanding her help do not reach her.  They are
committed to the waste-basket by her secretaries.
   "Charity suffereth long and is kind," but wisdom must
govern charity, else love's labor is lost and giving is
unkind.  As it is, Mrs. Eddy is constantly receiving more
important demands on her time and attention than one
woman is sufficient to supply.  It would therefore be as
unwise for her to undertake new tasks, as for a landlord
who has not an empty apartment in his house, to receive
more tenants.

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