The death of Mary Baker Eddy removes from earth one...

Inland Herald

The death of Mary Baker Eddy removes from earth one of the most remarkable characters of history. In a full and consecrated life of nearly ninety years she accomplished two things, either of which would have crowned her with immortality. The American business man is not only over-worked but overwrought and overworried. His practical training affords him no philosophy. His one need is the serenity and relaxation of mental rest. He needs a mental anchorage that at the same time sustains and buoys, but across the anchor which he throws out into the unknown seas must be written "absolute certainty." There must be no questionings.

Christian Science affords its believers just that. Its cardinal doctrines of the final supremacy of eternal good and the swift doom of imagined evil are doctrines which, put into practice, confer a calm serenity and unshakable confidence that is only good. Christian Science is a practical, inspiring religion. It was born of a woman, and it has been baptized in the tears of grateful millions. In its promulgation Mary Baker Eddy has answered the cry of thousands of tired hearts. In this, if in nothing else, she has been a great benefactor to the world.

Her second great achievement has been the organization of a mighty church in a single lifetime. She accomplished in one generation that which followed only centuries after every other great religious leader. No other founder of a great church ever lived to see his work complete. Neither Confucius, Gautama, or St. Augustine ever beheld the fruit of his teachings materialize as Mary Baker Eddy did. Few will mourn the death of Mary Baker Eddy as other deaths are mourned. Her own doctrines preclude that. Moreover, her personality was something apart, always above and apart, and but little known and understood. But, whatever the verdict of the ages shall be, Mary Baker Eddy today sits enthroned in the hearts of thousands and thousands of admiring followers, her remarkable accomplishments an epitome of one of the most extraordinary and potent personalities the world has known.

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