SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION HEALED

Originally published in
O Arauto da Ciencia Crista

In January 1997 it rained a lot in São Paulo, and the streets in many areas of the city were flooded. Because of an outbreak of leptospirosis that was connected with polluted water, the media began to disseminate descriptions of the disease's symptoms, as well as the precautions and care that should be taken.

At that time, I used to spend a great part of my Wednesdays in the Christian Science branch church I attend, because I served in the Reading Room, which was located in our church building. After serving, I would stay on for the evening testimony meetings. One Wednesday, before going to church, I had to go to the downtown post office, to an area that had been very affected by the flooding.

When I left the post office, I had to walk through several inundated streets. Although the water reached my knees, I decided to continue on to church. When I got there, I was covered in dirty water. The people in church helped me find what I needed to clean up and dry off.

As planned, I served my shift in the Reading Room and then stayed in church for the testimony meeting. I was sneezing a lot when I got home that night. Remembering that I'd spent the afternoon and part of the evening in dirty, wet clothing, I recalled the symptoms of leptospirosis that I'd heard described on television. I felt afraid, but I tried not to think about it, and instead I prayed as I'd learned in Christian Science, and then went to sleep.

However, I had a terrible night. In the morning, I was feeling very ill, and my body ached. My family began to worry, but they supported my seeking healing in Christian Science.

Since I was losing mobility, I asked my son to call a Christian Science practitioner in order that she might pray for my recovery. The practitioner suggested that I try to remember some passage from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that was meaningful to me and pray with that. I remembered the following passage: "A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive" (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 463).

I acknowledged that nothing erroneous could invade my being, because I was a spiritual idea, a perfect thought of God. Over the course of the day, as I prayed in this manner, and with the help of the practitioner's prayers, I began to feel a lot better. The pains diminished, the fever yielded, and I began to be able to move around. I still could not speak very well, but I was encouraged by the fact that I could now move. I felt strengthened by my heavenly Father, and felt His presence. This made me resist the evidence of debility, and my fear was replaced by an expectation of healing.

The next morning, I was able to talk, and I called the practitioner. She asked me to read some lines from the article "Contagion," in which Mary Baker Eddy wrote: "Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching" (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 228).

I stopped to think about what I had just read and realized how the truth of these words had played out in my experience. I then turned to God in prayer and endeavored to stand firm in divine Truth, in order to eliminate any vestige of fear and any thought that was not based on God and my reflection of His goodness. I filled my mind with good and with spiritual truths I'd learned through the study of Christian Science.

In just three days, I was completely healed and free from all symptoms of the infection. I went to church that Sunday and was able to speak to the practitioner in person.

After this healing I've had to walk in the rain and through other flooded streets, but I've never been afraid again and never have become sick because of it. This healing was a great lesson to me because I learned that evil has no power and that only good is truly "contagious."

MARIA JOSE DA SILVA
SAO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL

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