A Letter by Mrs. Eddy

On page 11 of a pamphlet entitled "Christian Science History," by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, published in 1899, is a letter from Mrs. Eddy in which she emphasizes the importance of handling mental malpractice. This pamphlet has long been out of print, but so many requests have been made that the letter by Mrs. Eddy might be given to the field through the Sentinel, that permission has been granted for its reproduction.

Under the heading "As to Her Last Class," Judge Hanna says :—

"Mrs. Eddy writes to me: 'In my last class I did not refer to mental malpractice, —its members generally had taken the primary course, and this instruction properly comes before that class. Without a question the student of Christian Science is not qualified to teach, preach, or to practise divine metaphysics, who knows not thoroughly how wisely and successfully to handle this heinous sin —mental malpractice. Without this understanding he cannot separate the tares from the wheat and destroy the tares —he cannot divide between an impartation from the immortal or divine Mind, and temptation, or the evil suggestion of human thought and argument; but this must be done, in order to obey the former and to resist and destroy the latter, and not till it is done will he be protected and imbued with wisdom and power to rise superior to evil suggestions. This attainment is indispensable whereby to establish a student on the scientific basis of Christian Science.'

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The Will of the Father
November 14, 1914

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