President’s Day Message 2011

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“At one time Mrs. Eddy received an invitation from the promoters of the Lincoln Memorial at Washington to join as a founder.  The invitation solicited a subscription to the cost of the Memorial, and stated that contributions were being made by the most prominent citizens of our country.  It was beautifully engraved, and when I took it to Mrs. Eddy she asked me what I thought about it all.  I said, ‘Mother, I think people should be constructing a memorial to you and your work instead of your contributing to anything of this kind to somebody else.’  ‘Yes, Mr. Dickey,’ she replied, ‘but these things are needed in the world to-day and it is natural for the citizens of the United States to recognize the greatness and grandeur of Abraham Lincoln’s character.  I shall send them a check for one hundred dollars,’  And she did so.  That is the way she followed my advice.”

  • Memoirs of Mary Baker Eddy  by Adam H. Dickey, C.S.D.



"Whenever any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, – the Savior’s condensed statement of the substance of both Law and Gospel, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself,’ that church I will join with all my heart, and all my soul.”


Abraham Lincoln

“A duty devolves on me which is, perhaps, greater than that which has devolved upon any man since that of Washington. He never could have succeeded except for the aid of Divine Providence, upon which he at all times relied. I feel that I cannot succeed without the same divine aid which sustained him, and on the same Almighty Being I place my reliance for support; and I hope you, my friends, will all pray that I may receive that divine assistance without which I cannot succeed, but with which success is certain.”

–Abraham Lincoln, February 11, 1861, spoken to a crowd at a railway station as he departed his home in Springfield Illinois to assume his role of President of the United States