(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
FAST DAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1899
FAST DAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1899
Along the lines of progressive Christendom, New
Hampshire's advancement is marked. Already Massachusetts
has exchanged Fast Day, and all that it formerly
signified, for Patriots' Day, and the observance
of the holiday illustrates the joy, grace, and glory of
liberty. We read in Holy Writ that the disciples of St.
John the Baptist said to the great Master, "Why do we
and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?"
And he answered them in substance: My disciples
rejoice in their present Christianity and have no cause
to mourn; only those who have not the Christ, Truth,
within them should wear sackcloth.
Jesus said to his disciples, "This kind goeth not out but
by prayer and fasting," but he did not appoint a fast.
Merely to abstain from eating was not sufficient to meet
his demand. The animus of his saying was: Silence
appetites, passion, and all that wars against Spirit and
spiritual power. The fact that he healed the sick man
without the observance of a material fast confirms this
conclusion. Jesus attended feasts, but we have no record
of his observing appointed fasts.
St. Paul's days for prayer were every day and every
hour. He said, "Pray without ceasing." He classed
the usage of special days and seasons for religious observances
and precedents as belonging not to the Christian
era, but to traditions, old-wives' fables, and endless
The enlightenment, the erudition, the progress of religion
and medicine in New Hampshire, are in excess of
other States, as witness her schools, her churches, and
her frown on class legislation. In many of the States
in our Union a simple board of health, clad in a little
brief authority, has arrogated to itself the prerogative
of making laws for the State on the practice of medicine!
But this attempt is shorn of some of its shamelessness by
the courts immediately annulling such bills and plucking
their plumes through constitutional interpretations.
Not the tradition of the elders, nor a paltering, timid,
or dastardly policy, is pursued by the leaders of our rock-ribbed
That the Governor of New Hampshire has suggested to
his constituents to recur to a religious observance which
virtually belongs to the past, should tend to enhance their
confidence in his intention to rule righteously the affairs
of state. However, Jesus' example in this, as in all else,
suffices for the Christian era. The dark days of our fore-fathers
and their implorations for peace and plenty have
passed, and are succeeded by our time of abundance, even
the full beneficence of the laws of the universe which
man's diligence has utilized. Institutions of learning and
progressive religion light their fires in every home.
I have one innate joy, and love to breathe it to the
breeze as God's courtesy. A native of New Hampshire,
a child of the Republic, a Daughter of the Revolution, I
thank God that He has emblazoned on the escutcheon
of this State, engraven on her granite rocks, and lifted
to her giant hills the ensign of religious liberty - "Freedom
to worship God."
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