Concerning Collections

Many are interested in collections of various kinds because they stimulate thought along specific lines. A collection of famous paintings, for example, will draw artist and layman to enjoy the beauty and grace expressed on canvas. A picture which expresses grand and noble thoughts awakens these thoughts in those who view it with appreciation and responsiveness. Other collections, when visited, bring similar stimulation and enjoyment.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has, through her writings, enabled students to discern that spiritual thought expresses itself in various ways, and that true ideas entertained in consciousness forward one's progress Spiritward. In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she has written (p. 259), "Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results."

What holy ideas must have inspired the consciousness of our Leader that she should unveil the Christ, Truth, through her writings! In a Christmas letter (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 159) she said in part, "My heart has many rooms: one of these is sacred to the memory of my students." And she continued: "Into this upper chamber, where all things are pure and of good report,—into this sanctuary of love,—I often retreat, sit silently, and ponder. In this Chamber is memory's wardrobe, where I deposit certain recollections and rare grand collections once in each year. This is my Christmas storehouse;" and, "Here I talk once a year,—and this is a bit of what I said in 1890: 'O glorious Truth! O Mother Love! how has the sense of Thy children grown to behold Thee! and how have many weary wings sprung upward! and how has our Model, Christ, been unveiled to us, and to the age!' "

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"Blessed are your eyes"
July 18, 1936

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