[Original in Portuguese]

I have already received many blessings since I began my study...

I have already received many blessings since I began my study of Christian Science eleven years ago. I want to express my special gratitude for a healing that occurred in 1970. During the latter part of the previous year, blisters like those from burns developed on my skin over my entire body, especially on the legs, and caused me much discomfort. The first few days I tried covering the condition with stockings, but the symptoms grew considerably worse. I work in a public school. Friends and colleagues were concerned over the problem. Under the circumstances, I stayed home from work. At that time the only permissible way for me to take leave from my duties was to obtain a doctor's certificate.

I went to a skin specialist, who prescribed medical treatment for me. For a brief period I allowed myself to submit to the medical care. However, within a few days the school vacation started, and I was free to choose my own care. I began relying exclusively on the teachings of Christian Science for the healing, aided by a practitioner. Everything appeared to be going well, until classes started in March. The blisters, which had been few, broke out over my entire body. With the practitioner's prayerful help, I clung to the truth that my life is in God, as Christian Science teaches us. I didn't have to miss school.

The condition was painful. I would work at school during the morning and devote the rest of the day to the study of Christian Science. Among the many citations that the practitioner sent me for study was this passage from the Bible (Eph. 6:10, 14, 16): "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. . . . Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; . . . above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

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February 27, 1978

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