18lore of Love; and learn forever the infinite meanings of these short sentences: "God is Love;" and, All that is real is divine, for God is All-in-all.
MESSAGE TO THE ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE MOTHER CHURCH, BOSTON, 1896
Beloved Brethren, Children, and Grandchildren: —
24Apart from the common walks of mankind, revolving oft the hitherto untouched problems of being, and oftener, perhaps, the controversies which baffle it,
27Mother, thought-tired, turns to-day to you; turns to her dear church, to tell the towers thereof the remarkable achievements that have been ours within the past few
30years: the rapid transit from halls to churches, from un-
1settled questions to permanence, from danger to escape, from fragmentary discourses to one eternal sermon; yea,
3from darkness to daylight, in physics and metaphysics.
Truly, I half wish for society again; for once, at least, to hear the soft music of our Sabbath chimes saluting the
6ear in tones that leap for joy, with love for God and man.
Who hath not learned that when alone he has his
9own thoughts to guard, and when struggling with man- kind his temper, and in society his tongue? We also have gained higher heights; have learned that trials lift
12us to that dignity of Soul which sustains us, and finally conquers them; and that the ordeal refines while it chastens.
15Perhaps our church is not yet quite sensible of what we owe to the strength, meekness, honesty, and obedi- ence of the Christian Science Board of Directors; to
18the able editors of The Christian Science Journal, and to our efficient Publishing Society.
No reproof is so potent as the silent lesson of a good
21example. Works, more than words, should characterize Christian Scientists. Most people condemn evil-doing, evil-speaking; yet nothing circulates so rapidly: even gold