Mary Baker Eddy: a lifetime of healing
Mary Baker Eddy began 1896 by delivering a communion address in her own Church in Boston, Massachusetts—The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. In her talk she turned thought away from the persecution of Jesus of Nazareth to his demonstration of divine, infinite Love, forgiving his enemies, which enabled him to overcome the cross and the grave. See Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 120-125 . As often occurred on such occasions, one of those who heard her speak was healed:
This man had been a pronounced invalid for years and had grown so irritable that his family could scarcely live with him. He was unable to walk without support. ... he was visiting in Boston not far from the Christian Science Church there. Sunday morning, hearing the chimes, he asked to what church they belonged. On being informed that it was the Christian Science Church, and that the worshipers in that church claimed to heal the sick, he went to the service. He said he had not been there long when a woman came in who was announced as Mrs. Eddy, and she gave a talk. She had not talked long, until all of a sudden he felt that he was healed. He did not miss his canes until after he reached the house of his friend. The next day he bought Science and Health, a book written by the same Mrs. Eddy who spoke in the church.