I was of a feeble and sickly nature...

I was of a feeble and sickly nature during my boyhood and well into my youth, with a peculiar set of seasonal maladies for summer and another set for winter. After I left home on a high plateau of my native country, Mexico, to work for a large American concern on the Gulf coast, my winter troubles decreased, but the summer ones increased, especially a stubborn stomach disorder.

Four years afterward, when I was in such a condition that I could eat only fruit and medically prepared food, I was promoted to the main office of the company in the United States. My first care upon arrival was to get in touch with medical specialists, and I was getting ready for a rigid checkup when I ran across an old acquaintance, who hardly recognized me at first. He earnestly recommended that I try Christian Science and at my request took me to the nearest practitioner.

I stormed the practitioner with all kinds of questions. Quietly, patiently, he answered me, and each answer was arousing. The opening words in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, made such a stirring impression on me that I could never put it into words. They read (Pref., p vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." The thought of one's "leaning on the sustaining infinite" brought to thought a breath-taking vista.

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Signs of the Times
November 6, 1954

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