Item of Interest

The Christian Science Benevolent Association in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, is the outcome of the expressed desire of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, that "The Mother Church shall establish and maintain a Christian Science resort for the so-called sick." She had previously stated that "Our cause demands a wider circle of means for the ends of philanthropy and charity, and better qualifications for practical purposes," one of which was evidently that of training nurses for helpful service in accordance with the teachings of Christian Science.

With the funds generously provided by the Field the Sanatorium at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, was opened to guests in October, 1919, and under like conditions that of the Christian Science Benevolent Association on Pacific Coast in San Francisco, California, in May, 1930.

Since the opening of these Sanatoriums much healing has been accomplished through Christian Scientists' availing themselves of the practical and necessary facilities thus afforded. This includes the opportunity for rest and study, which means much to practitioners and other active workers when such spiritual refreshment and inspiration are especially needed. The continued and successful maintenance of these healing activities is dependent, however, on a substantial measure of financial support from the Field, which is always gladly given when the need therefor is clearly understood.

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The Lectures
January 20, 1940

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