Retrospection and Introspection

Retrospection and Introspection

Recuperative Incident

40Through four successive years I healed, preached, and taught in a general way, refusing to take any pay for my services and living on a small annuity.

    At one time I was called to speak before the Lyceum Club, at Westerly, Rhode Island. On my arrival my hostess told me that her next-door neighbor was dying. I asked permission to see her. It was granted, and with my hostess I went to the invalid’s house.

    The physicians had given up the case and retired. I had stood by her side about fifteen minutes when the sick woman rose from her bed, dressed herself, and was well. Afterwards they showed me the clothes already prepared for her burial; and told me that her physicians had said the diseased condition was caused by an injury received from a surgical operation at the birth of her last babe, and that it was impossible for her to be delivered of another child. It is sufficient to add her babe was safely born, and weighed twelve pounds. The mother afterwards wrote to me, “I never before suffered so little in child-birth.”

    This scientific demonstration so stirred the doctors and clergy that they had my notices for a second lecture pulled down, and refused me a hearing in their halls and churches. This circumstance is cited simply to show the opposition 41which Christian Science encountered a quarter-century ago, as contrasted with its present welcome into the sickroom.

    Many were the desperate cases I instantly healed, “without money and without price,” and in most instances without even an acknowledgment of the benefit.