Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   To me Christmas involves an open secret, understood
by few - or by none - and unutterable except in Christian
Science.  Christ was not born of the flesh.  Christ
is the Truth and Life born of God - born of Spirit and
not of matter.  Jesus, the Galilean Prophet, was born
of the Virgin Mary's spiritual thoughts of Life and its

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   God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image.
Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection
- an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity
with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original
   Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates
the birth of a human, material, mortal babe - a babe
born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish
   This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short
of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and
never dying.  I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my
spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into
human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit,
of God and not of a woman - as the birth of Truth, the
dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter
and evil with the glory of infinite being.
   Human doctrines or hypotheses or vague human philosophy
afford little divine effulgence, deific presence or
power.  Christmas to me is the reminder of God's great
gift, - His spiritual idea, man and the universe, -
a gift which so transcends mortal, material, sensual giving
that the merriment, mad ambition, rivalry, and
ritual of our common Christmas seem a human mockery
in mimicry of the real worship in commemoration
of Christ's coming.
   I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility,
benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent
silence, prayer, and praise express my conception
of Truth's appearing.
   The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite
meanings and gives manifold blessings.  Material gifts

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and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in consciousness,
leaving one alone and without His glory.

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