A Woman among Women

The following is an extract from a lecture delivered at Pittsburg, Pa., October 19, 1899, by Carol Norton, C.S.D.:

In a conspicuous degree Jesus Christ fulfilled his own prophecies and confirmed the very hopes that he set forth in his sublime teachings. His immediate followers and the Christian Church, which was the legitimate outgrowth of his career, for a brief period followed closely the Spirit and repeated the signs of his teachings. The ebb and flow of human consciousness, the characteristic tendency of the human mind, which invariably recedes after its first advance before making its second, brought about the temporary loss of the living energies, or signs, i.e., works, of Christianity according to Christ, and from the close of the third century until the latter part of the nineteenth the metaphysical and healing aspects of Christ's teachings have been virtually lost sight of. Woman, true to her history and nature, after a long, patient, prayerful search for her buried Lord in the valley of human experience, alone amidst the darkness of the starless night of human woe, went apart from the common walks of life, and through prayer, meditation, and spiritual discovery rescued from the place of its entombment the undivided garment of Christianity, and lo ! the world again walketh in the light of hope and Love under the illumination of a healing and saving understanding of Christianity.

The actual history of the Christian Science movement since its foundation, by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, abides in a glory all its own and in its humane achievements, spiritual, and physical instances of healing and reformation, and in the self-evident good that it has accomplished.

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Witness for God
November 2, 1899

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