The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity

In her true light . . .

A look at the unpublished writings of Mary Baker Eddy

On September 29, The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity will open its doors. For the rest of this year, the Sentinel will bring readers selections from the Library's collection of materials.

The following passage is from the reminiscences of William R. Rathvon, which include excerpts from a journal he kept from 1908 to 1910, when he served as one of Mary Baker Eddy's secretaries in her Chestnut Hill home. In his entry for November 24, 1909 (the day before Thanksgiving), he wrote of a conversation he had with her.

"Wed. Nov.24, 1909: I had a talk with [Mrs. Eddy] after supper as she sat in the twilight looking out on the snow-covered thoroughfare. She spoke of my coming a year ago, the starting of [The Christian Science] Monitor at that time, and what our newspaper had already meant to the world. She alluded to the predictions of failure then made on all sides and pointed out to me that all first steps of an important nature she had in building up our movement were against the judgement and advice of those about her. I said, 'Where would the Cause have been today, [Mrs. Eddy], if you had minded ridicule, or even the speech of the people?' She replied, 'It was always so at the beginning of each new move, but soon the faithful ones thronged to follow me.' ©2002 The Christian Science Board of Directors. All rights reserved.

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