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The truth of the body is as essential to man’s harmony as the truth of the Soul, but the letter regarding both is not sufficient for either.  The letter of Truth is useful only that thereby the student may gain the spirit thereof; the letter alone killeth, but the spirit maketh alive; we work cheerfully for what we love; eagerly we pursue the object of affection, and how certainly we accomplish that whereunto we devote our lives, and give our energies.  The apathy, the lack of Love and Christian vigor, comes of seeking only the letter of Truth and stopping there, because it costs so much more to gain the spirit thereof.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.30)

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God sees in man the perfect reflection of Himself. God’s thoughts of us are unchanging. To help ourselves or others, we must think God’s thoughts after Him. Cast aside sense testimony, accepting only the spiritual facts.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.264)

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The price of Truth is hourly devotion, cheerful sacrifice, toil, and irrepressible conflict. Are you willing to work for your own self-advancement, and for the good of others, or do you think a few tireless laborers must or can do your work for you, and then you receive from a just God the wages you have not earned, and which is given to him who hath labored, and accordingly as he has labored?   Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.30)

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MARK 14:23 – 4

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, etc.

That which bloomed out of the life of Jesus, filling the world with the odor of divinity, was the ensample for man, and this coincidence of the human and the divine must yet appear in our lives.  It may take a longer life than that of mortals to quicken it into vitality.  Buried deep it may be from human sight, and lying dormant for thousands of years, like the wheat found in Egyptian tombs, but in the Father’s house, — the many chambers of Soul — it must sometime fully disclose its identity with the spirit of Jesus.  Heaven only knows what searching methods, what agonies, what ages of crime, what revolutions, may be required for this imperishable germ of greatness and goodness, to struggle up to freedom.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.44)

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MARK 14:23 – 3

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, etc.

                The conviction hourly deepens in my mind that the essential value of Christianity is not in doctrine, formal observances, or mere moral precepts, but in the great fact that it gives us in a human person a revelation, not of anything preternatural, but of our own nature in its highest earthly development.    Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.44)

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MARK 14:23 – 2

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, etc.

                 Could I only give you a new and vivid sense of the faith and love, the greatness and truth of which they tell, you would receive an exhilaration and conscious nourishment that no material element can supply.  Then would you understand what our communion service is designed to be, and what it is to commemorate Jesus in spirit and in truth.

                The word sacrament comes from the Latin sacramentum, which means the oath whereby the Roman soldier bound himself in allegiance to his general, and this was no ritual service.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.44)

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MARK 14:23 – 1

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, etc.

                We are here today, not to commemorate the life or death of our dear Master by partaking of bread or drinking wine, but to seek communion with his spirit that we would make our own.  In communion with Christ, bread and wine can only stand for the thoughts they express, and I ask only your kind and thoughtful attention while I shall endeavor, briefly, to discharge the office of their interpreter.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.43)

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There never was a moment when evil was real. There are no mortals who can reflect evil upon the earth. And you must disarm the claim of personality to make room for the dear Love which destroys malpractice. There is no mortal that can be touched by malicious minds. God is All. You need not be afraid of anything. Anything you can be afraid of is unreal, and the fear both senseless and useless.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Collectanea of Items By and About Mary Baker Eddy, p.60)