Mary Baker Eddy was a remarkable woman, one of...

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Mary Baker Eddy was a remarkable woman, one of the greatest the world has ever known. The daughter of plain New England parents, who were deeply religious and who bequeathed their stern religious views to her, she became the founder of a sect which in this country is estimated to have a membership of a million. This great following was built up within little more than three decades. Its corner-stone was "heal the sick," and that millions were healed is not gainsaid. She founded her faith on the Bible, on the teachings of the "great healer."

She knew the Bible as few knew it, indeed to her its meanings and teachings were as sure and understandable as the alphabet. From cover to cover it contained no doubt and not a line bore a misgiving. It was inspired and stood for the betterment of mankind. It not only healed the mind but the body. It was a sheet anchor, and clinging to it meant physical and spiritual safety. These were her teachings, and whether we believe in them or not, we must admit that she did measureless good. That she was actuated by good purposes and sought the ennoblement of her fellows cannot be denied.

During all the years she wrought she was the subject of ridicule, denunciation, and obloquy. Yet she complained not, but calmly, confidingly, and confidently continued her mission. It may be said she was an impostor. She had faith in herself, faith in her teachings, and faith in the command to "heal the sick." That she built well is seen in the strength of her following. They are scattered throughout the land. They have an abiding-place in every community. They must be, from the teachings imposed, men and women of more than ordinary intelligence. They keep the faith, too, in well ordered lives and in living nearer the Saviour than ever before. Because of Mrs. Eddy they have opened the Book of books a thousand times, and each time they find solace and their faith in the lowly Nazarene renewed and strengthened.

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January 21, 1911

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