A Visit to Mrs. Eddy's Memorial

During the summer of 1918 a party of three Christian Scientists visited Mount Auburn Cemetery to see and study carefully the memorial therein erected to Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. It was a glorious June afternoon, and the mission of Christian Science with its profound meaning was uppermost in the thoughts of the Scientists, each of whom had been greatly blessed in some hour of need by the application of this healing truth.

A middle-aged woman was slowly passing by, and twice she passed us and returned, seeming to be much interested in our enthusiasm. She then sat down on the seat and looked admiringly at the beautiful memorial, but she seemed to be very sad and oppressed. Presently she looked up and remarked, "It is a beautiful thing, but to think of all the money spent this way that is now so much needed for the poor and suffering. I suppose," she continued, "that Mrs. Eddy left the money to do it all with, planned it, and left directions for its future care." We answered her that she was mistaken, and ventured to explain the simple truth—that the love and gratitude of multitudes who had received the richest benefits from the teachings of Christian Science had erected the memorial. We explained that those who had been lifted from sorrow, sin, disease, and poverty had lovingly given as they could,—some, perhaps, the widow's mite; others what they could spare from necessary demands; the rich gladly from their plenty; but all with the one motive,—to express gratitude for the life of Mary Baker Eddy and the rich legacy of spiritual understanding which she left to mortals.

Then each of us lovingly told the woman many experiences of healing and help,—the healing of sin, of disease, of suffering, of deliverance from most miserable states of existence, and of our joy for all that Christian Science is doing for the world. We told her, also, that all that Christian Science had to offer was for her also. Cases were mentioned of consumption, insanity, fevers, paralysis, the drink habit, and other forms of bondage to which the human family is addicted, which had been healed by Christian Science. The woman was thoroughly interested and most lovingly thanked us for telling her the truth, for, as she said, her concept of the memorial had been all wrong, and she was very glad to know the facts. We learned that she lived in a city near Boston, where there was a Christian Science reading room, so we told her how she could learn more of Christian Science; and now we wait, knowing that God gives the increase.

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The Path of Progress
May 3, 1919

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