A Progressive Step

Our Leader was for many years deeply impressed with the thought that the Christian Science movement should have places where people suffering from ills of various sorts could retire for treatment, rest, and recuperation. The members of Mrs. Eddy's household who ministered to her needs have heard her many times express herself quite freely on this subject. She knew that patients under Christian Science treatment were at times placed in a position where they needed the care and attention of a skilfully trained person who was also a Christian Scientist. Her own experience had shown her the great need for a place of refuge to which sufferers could retire, and where they would receive proper care and attention as well as freedom from criticism while under Christian Science treatment. The purpose which the Directors of The Mother Church seek to accomplish in organizing the Christian Science Benevolent Association is one that is in direct obedience to our Leader's wishes and which had for a long time been uppermost in her thought.

The Christian Science movement has barely passed its infancy, and is only now branching out to fulfil some of the requirements that naturally fall upon it as a large and successful Christian organization and one from which so much is expected. First came the demonstration of the Principle of Christian Science in the overcoming of sickness and sin. Then came the formation of churches and the erection of church edifices, both of which have been done to an extent that has awakened the thought of the world to the importance of Christian Science as a religious movement. After this must come the establishing of what we might call hospitals or sanitariums, and the training of people to act as attendants in the sick room.

Wilderness Experiences
December 16, 1916

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