For some years the desire has been with me to express my gratitude to our Leader for Christian Science; but with the desire came always the thought of limitation, "How can I find fitting words?
Some recent experiences and observations have aroused in my consciousness a series of introspective questionings concerning the import and application of the Pauline injunction: "Pray without ceasing," the benefit of which I would lovingly share with the readers of our periodicals.
There is a beautiful allegory by Carmen Sylva.
While it is true that Christ, working in and through all branches of his Church, brings to light rather than creates life, health, joy, and immortality, it is as misleading for our critic to say, if Christian Scientists "go to heaven," "they were saved before they became Christian Scientists," as it would be for a Christian Scientists to say, if members of other denominations ever "go to heaven," it is because they are such good Christians they are saved in spite of the fact that they are orthodox.
Christian Scientists know that the Son of God was manifested, as John declares, to destroy the works of the devil.
As to individual rights, while Christian Scientists cheerfully grant their neighbors the privilege which they claim for themselves,—their own choice of religion and medicine,—they would not be inclined to lend any special support to any practice which is not demonstrably efficacious.
Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, gave its second lecture on Thursday evening, November 5.
The author of the Christian Science text-book takes no patients, does not consult on disease, nor read letters referring to these subjects.
I Hereby notify the public that scurrilous letters purporting to bear my signature—letters of evil intent—that I never wrote, never caused to be written, and never saw until they were given to me by the individuals to whom they were superscribed, are constantly being circulated.
New York, December 6, 1903.
Our attention has been called, from time to time, to certain business enterprises conducted by Christian Scientists which have been exploited in such a manner as to create the impression that our denomination is responsible for them, or that it is in some manner connected with them.
Our text-book says, "Superstition and understanding can never combine".
The genius of mortal mind is wont to express itself unconsciously in self-contradiction and self-defeat, and this is well illustrated in the attitude of the press respecting experiences of persons occupying exalted positions.
First, Second, and Third Churches of Christ, Scientist, of Brooklyn, N.
I thank God for Christian Science and what it has done for me, physically, morally, and spiritually,—it has lifted me out of sickness into health.
I gladly profit by this opportunity to speak of my improved health.
At this season I offer heartfelt thanks to God.
From childhood I had suffered from yearly attacks of hay fever.
I feel that it is time for me to give to the world my experiences in Christian Science.
Christian Science has done much for me.
Merely to name the name of Christian Science is sufficient to fill my heart with love and gratitude.
With a grateful heart I will try to express my gratitude for the innumerable blessings which Christian Science has brought, and is still bringing to me.
In the year 1900, our little daughter, then three weeks old, began to cry one afternoon, and cried until nine in the evening.
Three years and a half ago I was taken ill with ulcers in the stomach, connected with bleeding and other disorders.
Christian Science has been our salvation in so many ways that I feel I must lift up my voice in thanks to God for this great comforter, which brings peace to all who earnestly strive for it.
Through reading a testimony in the Sentinel, I have been awakened to a sense of duty.
My heart is so full of gratitude for the many blessings that come to me through Christian Science, and also for our periodicals and all our literature, that I cannot keep silent.
I desire to express my gratitude for what Christian Science has done for me and mine.
I was enabled the other day through my understanding of Christian Science, to overcome sea-sickness.
Clerks of Churches and Societies were requested by a notice in the Sentinel to send their names and addresses.
Life should be to us the great opportunity.