The Lectures

Introductions to Lectures

New York, New York (Tenth Church).

Lecturer: Miss Margaret Murney Glenn; introduced by Chester Cameron Wardlow, who said:—

The ultimate success of any undertaking depends upon the motive by which it is inspired. Therefore it is with special interest that we read on page 30 of "Retrospection and Introspection" the following statement by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science: "The motive of my earliest labors has never changed. It was to relieve the sufferings of humanity by a sanitary system that should include all moral and religious reform." This high and holy purpose, this impelling desire to save mankind from an overwhelming sense of sin, sickness, and sorrow, has already reached a splendid fruitage, for throughout the world to-day Christian Science is becoming recognized as a complete and effective system of healing and regeneration. Let it be said further that this statement of our Leader is significant not only because it defines her motive in founding Christian Science, but also because it points to the mode by which this Science must operate; for it is self-evident that a system of health which includes all moral and religious reform can operate through spiritual power only, never through matter or an impossible combination of Spirit and matter.

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May 18, 1929

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