Responses to Assignment
1. What did you find in the book that you would particularly like to pass along to fellow Scientists or family members or even those who know little of Christian Science?
The book mentioned how Mrs. Eddy was either “demonized or deified” the former being grossly unfair and the latter being detrimental to progress. We must strive to understand her as she really was. We need to share the wonder of her human life.
2. Describe what you yourself felt from reading the book. Did it raise questions about how your own life could change during this crucial time in order to bring your best to serve this Cause? What can we learn from the sacrifices of the early workers and their obedience to Mrs. Eddy’s leadership? How does this leadership continue into the second century of Christian Science.
I was a bit taken aback at her statement that Christian Science was the final and thus last revelation that mankind would be given. I’ve been pondering that. At first I must admit that my first reaction was that it sounded a bit egomaniacal and I though “ooh, I’ll never mention that to a non-Scientist.” But after pondering it I’ve found it a source of fresh inspiration. How wonderful that we are living in the post-CS-Discovery era. How fortunate for us and all mankind. Time to get on with sharing it more widely.
Reading We Knew Mary Baker Eddy vol. II for the first time, I was struck by the WORK ethic given by everyone in her household staff. Emma Estes’s reminiscent “Our daily faithfulness to its teachings must prove our sincerity” (p. 106) sums up the need to watch what we are accepting as true on a moment-to-moment basis.
Another thought that stood out was Lida Fitzpatrick’s, “You do not have to delve into matter, the body, to know how things are; Spirit shows us all things as they are.” And along a similar line, Anna White Baker recalls Mrs. Eddy’s instruction to “put physical ailments in the mental…and do not fear the physical.” (p. 316)
I also thought that the advice to “read and silently correct all periodicals helps to improve them and is our duty” was something we can all practice in regard to church work in general - to SILENTLY correct in our own thought whatever needs adjustment! And yes, to just LOVE more!
Progress on my end.
What stands out as having greatest relevance for my personal spiritual journey and what I’d like to pass onto others is what came through over-and-over through these stories: Mary Baker Eddy’s and these early worker’s moment-by-moment reliance on and ability to recognize divine guidance. The following quotes brought this alive for me:
In what can appear to be a “busy” world, I gained some useful pointers on “process vs. product” that help me refocus on living in the present.
On page 155 of We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, vol. II, Joseph Mann said, “…On this same basis Mrs. Eddy rejoiced not so much in whatever was accomplished as in the manner of its accomplishment.”
As I read the accounts, what caught my attention were the examples of “beauty, order, and grandeur.” (Hymn 329) For example, the description by Joseph C. Mann about going to Pleasant View and being asked by Mrs. Eddy to be superintendent of the property, e.g., see to the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds, farm and garden duties, care of the horses, and any additional improvements Mrs. Eddy might request.