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    Did the careless doctor, the nurse, the cook, and the 365 365:1brusque business visitor sympathetically know the thorns they plant in the pillow of the sick and the heavenly 3Compassion requisitehomesick looking away from earth, — Oh, did they know! — this knowledge would do much more towards healing the sick and preparing their helpers 6for the “midnight call,” than all cries of “Lord, Lord!” The benign thought of Jesus, finding utterance in such words as “Take no thought for your life,” would heal 9the sick, and so enable them to rise above the supposed necessity for physical thought-taking and doctoring; but if the unselfish affections be lacking, and common 12sense and common humanity are disregarded, what mental quality remains, with which to evoke healing from the outstretched arm of righteousness?

15    If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one Speedy healingvisit, and the disease will vanish into its native 18nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine. If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Mag21dalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to practise scientifically and deal with his patients compassionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual 24intent.

    If hypocrisy, stolidity, inhumanity, or vice finds its way into the chambers of disease through the would-be 27Truth desecratedhealer, it would, if it were possible, convert into a den of thieves the temple of the Holy Ghost, — the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate him30self. The unchristian practitioner is not giving to mind or body the joy and strength of Truth. The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, 366 366:1patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.

3    In order to cure his patient, the metaphysician must first cast moral evils out of himself and thus Moral evils to be cast outattain the spiritual freedom which will en6able him to cast physical evils out of his patient; but heal he cannot, while his own spiritual barrenness debars him from giving drink to the thirsty 9and hinders him from reaching his patient’s thought, — yea, while mental penury chills his faith and understanding.

12    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the The true physicianapostolic warrant for asking: “He that loveth 15not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine 18Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels 21of bigoted pedantry.

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