|Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim,
IT SEEMS I ALWAYS have to say something about our wold friends. Well, I wasnt
going to this time until a lizard started peeking into the window where we work on this
newsletter. First he slowly crawls across the screen, then he goes down and peers over the
edge right into the window and all we can see are his eyes and mouth, looking exactly like
Kermit the frog.
Lately, readers of our newsletters have been especially interested in letters we
receive from Eastern Europe, Russia and China. Here is a letter with thoughts that many
have expressed: Your newsletter is a great picker-upper. How comforting to know and
see that peace and brotherhood are bursting out all over.
Here is another: I dont read your newsletter I devour it!
Its so heartening and refreshing to hear you emphasize, and therefore of course
strengthen the good in the world. As for myself I am presently attempting one of the most
challenging tasks I have ever undertaken a fast from negative thoughts. Its
as though I hardly know this new me. or am I just reawakening to whom Ive
been all along: a being of light, a walking miracle like every single one of us, longing
from the depths of my soul to give, give, give as God gives to us?
You all are gifts.
The STEPS booklet is now in English, Spanish, French, German, Serbo-Croatian,
Polish, Russian, Chinese, Norwegian and Swedish. The last five are not published yet,
although Russian STEPS is about to be. We received a phone call recently from a man in
Norway who had finished translating STEPS into Norwegian and needed a picture of Peace
Pilgrim before going to press. The translations have all been done by volunteers who love
Peace Pilgrims message and want their own people to be able to read it in their own
We have received phone calls for books from Australia, Nova Scotia, German,
Cameroon, Scotland, England and Sweden. One day we received letters from India, Norway,
Bulgaria, Nigeria, and Russia, in addition to the letters from our own country that we
always receive joyfully.
Your gifts to help- get STEPS printed in Russian, books and STEPS sent to China,
the Peace Pilgrim book printed in Spanish and Russian, and to place a Peace Pilgrim book
in every public library are most heart-warming. Thanks from the bottom of our warmed-up
Jeff, John & Ann
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT A PEACE PILGRIM
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Excerpts from Jim McDades letter:
Betty Williams, 1977 Novel Peace Prize recipient, gave me a copy of PEACE
PILGRIM a few weeks ago, just after we began working together to wrote a never, PLEASE LET
US LIVE, about her work in Northern Ireland.
How wonderful to
have received such a gift, PEACE PILGRIM, from another woman whose whole life is dedicated
to peace, non-violence, and love
This is a work that I must share with my children
I just flipped
the book open to read whatever words fell in front of my eyes. This is what I read. (p113)
There is an awakening-taking place today which may
very well develop into a new renaissance.
Thank you for
your love and your work. And for keeping Peace alive so that those of us who are just now
awakening can learn.
A LETTER FROM
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INDIAN FRIENDS OF PEACE PILGRIM
receiving the newsletters that you kindly send. They are read by several of my friends in
Madurai. Important news items are translated and published in our monthly magazine.
printed 10,000 copies of the Steps booklet in the Tamil language. Some
magazines reprint portions of Steps. There is a Franciscan monthly which
regularly prints the message of Peace Pilgrim. You will be happy to know that this reaches
more than a thousand homes of fishermen in the coastal area of the Bay of Bengal. I
am getting everyday letters from friends saying that Steps is being used for
individual and group meditation. These friends assure me that they are getting new light
from the Peace Pilgrim and her words have changed their lives. Dr. K.
Only those who
are attached to God alone are truly free.
In East Jerusalem
We are including the following article because it
describes a significant development in the Palestinian, Israeli conflict. The Intifada
emphasis is not to use guns, but we wish they had gone farther and not thrown rocks (and
we wish even more that the Israelis would stop shooting Palestinian children). We would
like to ask Mubarak about that. A Friend, who was there recently, tells us of the tragic
situation of Palestinian schools being closed by the Israelis and that this contributes
greatly to the problem.
who grew up a Palestinian, is the founder (1985) and director of this Center that
advocates nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Mubarak is a Christian. His Biblical studies at a Mennonite College in Ohio, his studies
of Gandhi and Martin Luther King influenced him. Since his deportation by the Israeli
government in 1988, he has lived in this country with his wife, Nancy Nye, a teacher in
the Ramallah Quaker School north of Jerusalem.
are excerpts from and interview by Harry Cargas in the Catholic Worker. First he asked
about Muslims and nonviolence:
Many times we use and abuse religion; we kill in the name of religion, saying we
have God on our side. Everyone used religion: Muslims, Christians and Jews.
All people can participate in nonviolence, including Muslims. There is a tradition
of nonviolence among Palestinians. Before the Itifada began I kept track of the protests.
It was a constant; there were calls for strikes and shops would close in solidarity, women
would go to the prisons to see their husbands or sons and the officials wouldnt
allow them in so the women would stage a sit-in. They would refuse to move until the
prison leaders allowed them entry. All kinds of nonviolent activities. But they never
jelled together, never done with enough unity to have the kind of impact that the Intifada
We were doing research in our Center; studying Islam, Arab, Palestinian
nonviolence. We wrote about nonviolence and translated it into Arabic. We did not intend
to have actions and sit-ins. It was on a very academic level that we began. That
Nancy The attitude toward us changed through actions, especially with the
Intifada. The Intifada started, then mass rebellions and mass civil resistance; then
people started coming into our Center and books we hadnt been able to give away
suddenly began to sell. The more pressure the Israelis put on Mubarak, the better the idea
of nonviolence appealed. There was a direct relationship.
Mubarak A whole people can be changed by nonviolence. With guns you
eliminate a large portion of the population from participation, but with nonviolence you
can incorporate the young, the elderly, the women.
For the next nine months here in the US, I have no openings in my calendar for
speaking engagements. There has been a tremendous amount of requests for me to speak at
universities, churches, peace groups. They want to know more about the Palestinian issue,
about nonviolence, about the activities of the Intifada.
I still have a lot of Israeli supporters who strongly believe that a two-state
solution is the best way for the Israelis and the Palestinians. Some think that my
presence there is powerful and they are working for me to be permitted to return. The
support there is growing.
By the Israelis deporting me, they proved to the Palestinians that this fellow who
believes in nonviolence is dangerous and they dont want anybody to follow him. So my
deportation has caused Palestinians to think that nonviolence works. If the Israelis kick
out a fellow who doesnt believe in guns, who believes in peace, his wok must be
effective. So the ideas of nonviolence have been advanced this way more than by my being
there, telling them what to do.
I feel that to change the Palestinians from people who use a gun, to people who
would not use a gun, is a great dream. I never thought it would take 20 or 30 years. Now
suddenly it happened; circumstances brought it to reality faster than I thought. The most
satisfying thing for me is that the Palestinians, who in the beginning rejected me, came
to accept me
And to be part of this Intifada makes you feel that there is an
The one who
brought me into all of this was my mother. Not only me but all of my brothers and sisters.
Because of my fathers death in the war of independence, she would tell us: you
dont need revenge, you dont need to kill anybody; you dont need to make
orphans or widows. Then, I was influenced also by a lot of the Mennonites and
I was influenced by the U.S. Black movement and the Gandhian movement. It would
give great satisfaction to find the people you love not killing. I am completely against
killing. I am against was, against anyone carrying a gun. And to see that your own people
are doing it is a great satisfaction. We will reach to a Higher Power level when we say
that every life is an important life.
After struggling with it for a long time, I came to strongly believe the Quaker
concept that there is a part of God in ever person. Then I knew that all killing was
wrong. It doesnt matter who does the killing the government, the police, the
army, a soldier, or a civilian. It is wrong because it is killing a part of God. I have
incorporated this into the tradition of civil disobedience and nonviolence.
I experienced that change when I was in prison. I was fasting, and my lawyer came
to me and said, Look, theres an Israeli who is fasting for you outside. If you
dont stop fasting, he will die. You are fat. You can handle yourself, but he
cannot. I stopped my fast because of an Israeli fellow who was fasting in support of
me! Imagine how you would feel if your enemy was fasting for you!!
Four years ago Elizabeth Ratcliff, mother of five children and a long-time
peace activist, was walking through the parks in Washington, DC. As she contemplated the
grand display of gardens, a vision came to her of a peace garden, like the loveliest of
parks, with everything in the garden, its shape, its atmosphere and the displays inside,
devoted to the subject of peace. It would encourage visitors to contemplate and define
peace for themselves.
A congressional subcommittee hearing was arranged to consider a peace garden. Among
those who testified in favor was a young woman she met on the Washington Metro who had
said: oh, a peace garden! Im a tour guide and take thousands of young people
through town. They start with Arlington Cemetery, then to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
then to the Kennedy graves, on to the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, listing
the thousands and thousands of young people who were lost in that war. I sometimes wonder,
what are we teaching our young people about the great institutions of our democracy? It
would be so great, at the end of the day, to take them to a peace garden.
In January 1987
Congress voted its formal approval for the National Peace Garden, to honor the
commitment of the people of the United States to world peace. It is now planned for
12 acres at Hains Point, where the Potomac and the Anacostia Rivers meet. The design,
selected from nearly a thousand submitted, is a contemplative set of landscaped walks that
seen from the air forms a shape of a massive olive branch.
A letter to the editor from a
lawyer and a long-time Friend of Peace Pilgrim.
March 24th, 1990 marked the 10th Anniversary of the
Martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. A native of El Salvador (the Savior), Romero was
assassinated while saying mass and died at the foot of the cross. Like so many martyrs
before him he had made the unforgivable mistake of asking the rich to share with the poor
and soldiers to stop killing their brothers and sisters.
The following is a statement by Romero shortly before his assassination:
I have frequently been threatened with death. I should tell you that as a
Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, from this
moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. My
death will be for the liberation of my people and as a testimony of hope for the
A powerful movie named simply ROMERO has been released by the Paulist Fathers
highlighting his struggle with the Oligarchical Families in behalf of the poor. (We rented the Romero video and highly recommend it.)
It is an ideal was to commemorate the
life of a modern-day martyr, who like Gandhi preached and practiced nonviolence.
Grass-roots peace work is vitally
important. In this crisis period, there should be a COMMUNITY PEACE FELLOWSHIP in every
town. Such a group can begin with a handful of concerned people. It can begin with you!
Occasionally, people want to know of other Peace Pilgrim friends in their area who
might be interested in starting a Prayer for Peace Group or Community Peace Fellowship, as
suggested in STEPS. Here are two of them:
Cliff and Deborah Wiseman, Frankfort, Ohio (614) 998-5664. Deborah writes, My
husband and I would like to start our own Peace Pilgrim group. We feel it is part of our
journey to find our own inner peace and express that to the world. Please feel free to
give out our name and number.
Gertrude Berndt, Milwaukee, WI (414) 438-1119 I have searched
for a while to invest volunteer time in a peace endeavor. I would truly like to know if
there is a COMMUNITY PEACE FELLOWSHIP in the Milwaukee area and how I can contribute time,
energy, goodwill to this group (as described in your booklet).
SOUTH AFRICA Recently STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE was placed in my hands.
From the first few sentences I realized that it was going to change my life and before I
finished it a feeling of co-worker attitude was born. The call of a COMMUNITY
PEACE FELLOWSHIP in every town on page 32 did not fall on deaf ears and we have already
started a small group toward this end in our beautiful countryside 30 miles south of
Johannesburg. These enthusiastic pilgrims feel sure that our Fellowship is
bound to grow
even beyond our towns borders.
WHITTIER AREA PEACE COALITION
Ten years ago in Whittier, California, the Chaplain of Whittier College, Jon Moody,
called a few of us peace activists and draft counselors together to consider starting a
Community Peace Fellowship. From that small gathering has grown a large coalition of
groups and churches working for peace and justice. They meet at Whittier First Friends
The Peace Coalition has many significant programs, such as this years 4th
annual Pathways to Peace Conference, where we were privileged to give a workshop on Peace
Pilgrim and the simple life. I was delighted to share Peace Pilgrims message and
video in the Friends Church where Peace spoke several times through the years. In January,
1953 she spent the first night of her pilgrimage in the home of two dear friends and
members of the church.
Always dwell upon the golden age which could come, to
help bring it into materialization. If we knew how powerful thoughts are we would never
think a negative thought.
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The Peace Pilgrim Center is blessed by many volunteers. Jeff Blom and John and Ann Rush are full time. Bill
Stokes, who lives in Hemet, often comes to help. Mary Hoffman recently came from Freedom
House in Richmond, Virginia where she works with people without homes and other basic
human needs. She came to help for a few days in the kitchen and the office where she typed
the STEPS booklet into the computer. This is the first step in the process of publishing a
larger-print edition of STEPS which a few friends have requested and we plan to publish
Two other recent volunteers write of their experiences:
BRAD WILLIAMS: I have just spent the first half of 1990 living and
working at the Peace Pilgrim Center. It has been a fastest six months of my life, and as
my time here comes to an end, I have much to reflect on.
I first discovered Peace Pilgrim in 1986 while spending my senior year of high
school as an exchange student in Germany. I met a woman from California who was studying
In Heidelberg, and she loaned me her copy of the Peace Pilgrim book. Little did I know
that my life was about to be forever changed.
The book so profoundly influenced me; it was as if I had found my
calling without even looking. I read the top paragraph on page 14 and was inspired to
immediately become vegetarian (the idea had never even occurred to me, but when I read
what Peace Pilgrim wrote about the animals, it was like remembering a truth buried deep in
my soul). My materialistic attitudes were also dramatically affected, and I realized that
my life was going to be meaningless unless I could work to make our world a better
While attending the University of Texas, I became a student activist, involving
myself with every progressive cause imaginable. Among countless other activities, I served
as present of UTs chapter of United Campuses to Prevent Nuclear War.
After finishing college, I decided to come out and help spread the message of that
incredible woman to whom I felt I owed so much.
My job here was to read each days mail and process the orders. I would enter
each order into the computer, then go out to the garage and package the materials
requested. After Ann wrote her personal notes for all the orders, I would figure out the
postage and send them on their way.
The highlight of each day was when the postman came. Sometimes we would receive as
many as fifty letters on a single day. Reading the inspiring words from people all over
the world whose lives have been touched by Peace Pilgrim that was the most
gratifying aspect of my experience here.
In May I decided to put my journalism experience to use. I created a project to try
to make the mainstream American media aware of Peace Pilgrim.
We hear from so many people who are disturbed that they never heard of Peace
Pilgrim through the media. One person wrote, She shouldve been on the covers
of Life and Time and Newsweek.
With this in mind, I wrote a d page press release and sent press kits to 50 of the United
States most respected newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and TV programs (at this writing it is too early to know what the
response will be.) I also did a mailing of Peace Pilgrim materials to all US youth
Now Im returning home to Texas to help my friend Ann Richards win the
governors race there. I know I will always look back on my time here as an
invaluable experience on my path of service. John and Ann and Jeff have become like
family, and although I never had the opportunity to meet Peace Pilgrim, she has become my
inspiration, my guide, my friend.
THE NEW ROAD MAP FOUNDATION is a group of individuals who have
become financially independent by living simply and saving their earnings. After saving
enough to be able to live on income from investments, they work for good causes without
pay. They also hold seminars and sell audiotapes explaining how to accomplish financial
independence. They give the income from these projects to non-profit organizations. (We
have received generous gifts from them) If you are interested in learning more about them
write to P.O. Box 15981, Seattle, WA 98115.
MARCIA MEYER recently retired from her position as Executive Secretary of the
American Holistic Medical Association in order to work full time with the New Road Map
Foundation. It was a delight to have her as a volunteer, helping with some of our
projects. We greatly appreciate her suggestions for ways of making more people aware of
Peace Pilgrim and her message. The following are some of her observations about our
To volunteer with Friends of Peace Pilgrim has been a dream that I have at last
realized. Now that I have arranged my life so that I no longer need to work for a
living and can participate in projects without taking wages, I can spend a few weeks
with Ann and John, Jeff and Brad. As expected I feel a strong sense of alignment and
kinship with this small, dedicated group of people who are accomplishing a staggering
amount of work from their modest home and are doing it was a sense of fulfillment and
What I didnt expect is the overwhelming response they receive to Peace
Pilgrims message from all over the world. It is absolutely thrilling to read the
heartfelt, thankful and inspired letters from people whose lives have been touched by
Peace Pilgrim. Many say they have just learned about this remarkable woman, which makes me
acutely aware of the need for communicating this important, powerful and timely approach
to peace much more widely.
And so I reflect on my own peace work back home. Some of my projects include
keeping the Seattle food co-ops stocked with free copies of the Peace Pilgrim booklet or
compact book in the educational section of their stores; sponsoring a video evening
periodically to which our household invites around two dozen interested people to view one
of Peaces university lectures, followed by tea and discussion. These evenings have
been very enthusiastically received and often generate provocative exchanges of ideas.
Also I speak with Beyond War groups and participate in STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE study
I am looking for other methods of putting this way of peace into receptive hands.
What has worked (and not worked) for you? How have you empowered and spread the word? I
hope that you will write to Friends of Peace Pilgrim and describe what you have done
or if you have brainstorms that have not yet been implemented share those.
This is the time to further extend ourselves to spreading this empowering message of hope
for our troubled society.
Martin Luther King Institute For Nonviolence
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On August 1,
1988 the State of New York established the Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence.
This is the first time in the nations history that a government sponsored an
institute for teaching the principles of nonviolence.
The King Institute was created to develop new techniques to promote nonviolent
solutions to social conflicts. Acts of violence are becoming everyday occurrences; but no
less significant are the more subtle forms of violence that are economically based, such
as homelessness, malnutrition and unemployment. The Institutes agenda calls for a
broad approach involving education, information and training.
To date, (Oct. 1989) some two dozen two-day workshops have been held in Buffalo and
Niagara Falls. The King institute will provide instructors and instructional materials to
those wishing to sponsor a workshop.
A direct outgrowth of the workshops is the Associates Program a core group
whose members have been selected from those who attended the two-day workshops. They have
not only expressed an interest in nonviolence but also plan to apply their newly acquired
skills in a major way in their communities.
like to commend your wonderful service! You have helped to enlighten my soul, and I thank
you. Even though Im only 13, I would like to start the ball rolling in my own
community. from a letter
ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, excerpts from a letter
I recently read PEACE PILGRIM while hiking
(as she did) on the Appalachian Trail. I found it at the Hikers Hostel
run by the local Catholic Church in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Its a magnificent
story Im surprised I never heard of her before I believe she deserved
the Nobel Peace Prize.
He requested books and 150 STEPS. I
will leave them in shelters along the Appalachian Trail, to which I will be returning
by Diane Dreher
Peace Pilgrim is featured twice in this recently published book as an example
of one who found happiness by simplifying her life and rejoicing in the freedom she found.
Peace Pilgrim is quoted, A persistent
simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in ones
When enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become more peaceful and
there will be no more occasion for war.
Excerpted from SEEDS OF UNFOLDING MAGAZINE, 2061 Broadway, New
York, NY 10023
Silence has been a value in all the religious traditions and spiritual paths
throughout the history of humanity. As St. John of the Cross writes, only in silence can
the soul hear the divine. Only in silence can one go within, can one deepen spiritual
life. Exterior noise tends to distract from inner life, and this is why the spiritual
adepts of so many different traditions have long sought ways of living with silence.
To seek sanctuary in high mountains or in the solitude of the desert has been a
practice for centuries among the monks of these different religions. For, it is
recognized, only by silencing exterior noise can one begin to be silent within. And with
inner silence, the soul begins to penetrate the divine mysteries.
We see in the life of the great political and religious leader, Mahatma Gandhi, a
practical and at the same time spiritual use of silence. In his work for the independence
of India, Gandhi found himself overwhelmed with work visits from journalists,
endless correspondence from all over the world, young people who came to seek his counsel.
In order to better do his work, Gandhi decided to dedicate every Monday as a day of
silence. On this day, he did not speak. If some urgent communication was needed, he might
write some short note, but he did not carry on conversation with anyone. This self-imposed
silence made this day for him one of relative peace and recollection. He was better able
to answer his correspondence, and he had the silence he needed to meditate on all the
problems he had to resolve. He was to write later that what began as an essentially
practical solution to a too-noisy life became an important spiritual practice. In silence
he found himself better able to meditate and pray, to seek within himself the solution to
all the problems and responsibilities that he carried. It was a silence that he learned to
love and value for the inner life it opened up for him.
There is no saint without a past. There is no sinner without a future.
A Persian Rosary
Our dear friend, Barbara Reynolds, made her glorious transition in
February in Wilmington, Ohio. She was a founder of the World Friendship Center in
Hiroshima where hibakusha (survivors) meet people from around the world. She also created
the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection of nuclear memorabilia at Wilmington College.
She had gone there to gather historical material for presentation this summer in Hiroshima
at the 25th anniversary of World Friendship Center.
In 1975 Barbara became the first non-Japanese woman designated as an honorary
citizen of Hiroshima. Last summer we were honored when she brought 4 Japanese young people
from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to visit our Peace Pilgrim Center. Hemet Friends Meeting had
an exciting international potluck with them in our backyard. Since they were very
interested in Peace Pilgrim, later we sent a box of books to Hiroshima for them.
In January, 1979, Barbara joined a small group in our backyard in Whittier,
California, gathered together to talk with Peace Pilgrim about the spiritual life. It was
a beautiful time of sharing. Peace Pilgrims response to Barbaras request,
Could you tell us your concept of prayer?, is now in the section on prayer in
the spiritual life chapter of our Peace Pilgrim book.
Sometime later Barbara asked us to become directors of World Friendship House in
Hiroshima. We considered this wonderful opportunity but decided to continue our peace work
in this country. We are thankful that we stayed and were able to participate with others
in the fascinating experience of compiling the Peace Pilgrim book.
In the latest World Friendship Newsletter there is a call for directors: We
offer an excellent opportunity for volunteer service for a couple who are peace loving and
seeking ways to build bridges of understanding between cultures. If interested
please write or call Charles and Helen Sutton, Co-chairs American Committee, World
Friendship Center, 1202 Vernon Drive, Dayton, OH 45407 (513) 277-7259.
Ann and John
The International Peace Lantern Exchange Project
Lanterns for Hope are floated by local groups each year, accompanied by
ceremonies, and exchanged with other groups around the world. In Philadelphia the floating
is preceded by talks given by famous peace activists.
In Greeley Colorado about 80 glowing paper lanterns floated across the lake,
including a lantern made by a boy in the Soviet City of Leningrad.
The ceremony is rooted in a Buddhist custom in which lanterns are floated on rivers
in remembrance of ancestors. After we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima names of those killed
in the bombing were put on the lanterns. Now the ceremony is performed around the world on
the first Saturday in August in remembrance of August 6th, 1945, the day the
atomic bomb changed the world. For more information write to Peggy and James Baumgaertner,
PO Box 2999, LaCrosse, WI 54602.
We now have PEACE PILGRIM and STEPS both translated into Russian by our
wonderful friend and volunteer translator, George Dolnikowski, a Russian-American
professor emeritus of Juniata College. We plan to publish both books, though preparation
has taken longer than expected. We think the Russian edition of STEPS will be available to
take to Russia before the end of the summer. We have many requests for them. The Russian
edition of Peace Pilgrims book will not be available until later.
BY Mikhail Gorbachev
Richard Polese, Ocean Tree Books, P.O. Box 1295, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504, has just
published a booklet of the complete text of the December 7, 1988 United Nations address of
Gorbachev. In a recent letter Richard makes a special offer to all readers of this
People are excited when they see the little Gorbachev book. I would like to
make 200 copies of it available free to readers of Friends of Peace Pilgrim Newsletter on
an individual request basis. Its so important to get these inspiring thoughts and
expressions disseminated into the world at this time especially the call for wold
wide co-creation among peoples of different cultural and ideological
An article in the Toronto Globe about
Mother Teresa before her recent retirement:
Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity are setting up nursing stations
in the Soviet Union to care for the sick and dying. This is a wonderful gift from
God that we have been able to come here and share Gods love, the 78-year old
Roman Catholic nun said.
The fact that her India-based order of nuns is being allowed to set up three
hospices indicates the change in official Soviet attitudes toward religion under President
Mikhail Gorbachev. Now religious figures, such as Mother Teresa, are welcomed by senior
Communist officials. Her sisters make our nurses seem more mild. They smile
more, said Dr. Livshits, a Soviet neurosurgeon.
There are 12 members of the order now working in the Soviet Union. The sisters have
been invited to work with dying elderly patients at one of Moscows hospitals.
We will give it your name and it will be one of your holy houses. We have many homes
for the aged, but we have a dire shortage of compassion, Sergei Ivehenkov, Moscow
City director of social security told Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa did not hesitate when asked what she might tell Gorbachev if she had
Love your people and help them to live in peace
Help them to pray
She writes: Homestays in the USSR are the newest glasnost
development, and having done them in Moscow, Tallin, Estonia and Yalta, Im convinced
its the best way to get to know the Soviet people. I would love to have Peace
Pilgrim folks come on my trips (hopefully carrying Russian STEPS). Trips will be 17 days,
with two weeks in two different cities. You will have your own room in a Soviet flat,
where English-speaking hosts will take a week off work to introduce you to family, friends
and townspeople. Total cost will average $2500. One trip will be over Christmas to Moscow
and Yalta, featuring skiing in Yalta.
PRAYER: O divine spirit, whose light fills the universe and all
living things, we lift up to your presence Mikhail Gorbachev and George Bush.
Illumine them with your light; inspire their
decisions. Guide their actions that the nations they lead may turn from the insanity of
the arms race to the healing of the earth and the meeting of human needs. Amen.
Receptive prayer results in an inner receiving,
which motivates to right action. -- Peace Pilgrim
Ed Pearson has recently initiated an international organization, THE PEACE
TAXPAYERS. The goal of this group is to help provide each taxpayer on planet Earth with a
choice to pay her or his full share of taxes toward non-military, non-violent government
purposes. For more information about THE PEACE TAXPAYERS send a legal size,
self-addressed, 45 cent U.S. postage stamped envelope to THE PEACE TAXPAYERS, PO. BOX 333,
Nellysford, VA 22958-0333, USA. Telephone 804-361-1039.
In the 70s Sister Johnella saw Peace Pilgrim on TV and became pen pals with
her but she had to wait 6 long years before meeting her. Sister Driver brought her to our
Villa home, and what a warm welcome she received! Everyone wanted to say something to her.
Sister Johnella was beaming all over and couldnt get away from Peace Pilgrim. She
gave us a talk with prayer in the Community room.
Three years later she came for three days and two nights. She felt quite at home
and loved our beautiful park-like grounds. She spoke in the mornings to those of us who
had no pressing duties and also in the afternoons and evenings. Her charm, warmth and
sincerity just had attracted us to her.
One morning we washed her personal things, and she took a warm bath. We told her we
would gladly supply her with new shoes and tunic, but she said she preferred we did
One day, I had more time to visit with her by myself and we got well acquainted. I
said to her, I would like to be a companion to you and do the same things together
for peace, to keep you company so you would not be alone. No, she said,
you cannot help me or come with me, as much as I would like to have you. It is a
mission very different and only for one person, me, Peace Pilgrim Then she said to
me, When my mission of Peace ends and I am gone then Peace will come. She was
a prophet; peace is now coming. She talked of her early experiences on highways and in
cities, how God had always protected her.
-- Sister Mary Westalkak, La Crosse,
The United Nations commission on Human Rights voted to recognize
conscientious objection as a human right on March 10, 1987 15 years after the
question was first raised. The Commission recognized that conscientious objection to
military service comes from profound religious, ethical and moral convictions.
The Commission appeals to States to recognize that conscientious objection to
military service be considered a legitimate right of freedom of thought, conscience and
religion, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. from Conscience and Military Tax
Campaign, Seattle, Washington.
I am getting married June 30, and I have suggested contributions to Peace
Pilgrim in lieu of gifts from my friends. My future husband and I will be joining Larry
Miner for the Wilderness Peace Pilgrim Retreat in July. This is our
honeymoon. -- From a Letter
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Excerpts from a Peace Pilgrim talk at Oak Park, Ill., Unity Church:
If you are willing of your own accord to do the right thing, thats fine.
If you are not willing of your own accord to do the right thing, some problem will be set
before you to push you into doing the right thing. Now, for instance, I gave up my money
and things voluntarily. If I hadnt been willing to give them up voluntarily
undoubtedly they would have been taken from me in one way or another, you see.
Ill tell you something was taken from me one time when I was publishing a
little paper. This was long before I was on my pilgrimage. I thought it was valuable
the paper, but I felt that my time to terminate publishing that paper had just
about come. But I just kept on going. Otherwise rational people acted in an irrational
fashion, and that paper was just gone.
Well, you see, if I had been willing to follow, to give it up of my own accord,
then of course maybe it could have survived; I dont know. But, in any case I had
enough. I really was only publishing it, I didnt have control of it. But I realized
that there is always more than one way to learn, and I would hope that all of you would be
willing to do the right thing without being pushed into it.
If you are not willing to do the right thing without being pushed into it,
youre going to be pushed into it. By some problem of course.
(The paper she was publishing was Scott
Nearings WORLD EVENTS.)
Peace Pilgrim Answers Questions In a College
Class In Montana
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Q: I can never see any justification for
killing another human being, and something that really disturbs me is capital
PP: Oh, it is legalized murder; yes. It is
legalized murder. They have just recently murdered a man in Florida, and it was legal,
just as it is legal when they murder people in war. But we do not realize the consequences
of these things. We do not realize that the person who commits the murder suffers
terribly. So, when you believe in capital punishment you are not only committing to death
some human being who may later be proved to be completely innocent, because many have
been, but you are also stipulating that somebody has to commit that murder and be injured
by committing it. So yes, I think that it shows how much advancement is still necessary
for us when we still commit legal murder. Yes?
Q: When I try to
help someone, I never know whether my actions will be truly beneficial or not. I try to
have good motives but I never really know.
PP: Yes, you have to do the best you can, and
motive is extremely important, extremely important. For instance, if you are doing some
good thing because you feel it will benefit you, you will receive no benefit. You must be
doing the good thing out of love, you see, with a good motive in order for it to benefit
you. It is very interesting.
Q: Do you feel that
if the person is highly motivated, there is some kind of guidance beyond
PP: Well, we all
have tremendous guidance, but especially those who are willing to allow their lives to be
governed by the higher nature. You see, that higher nature is there and to a certain
extent you receive some guidance, but if you allow it to govern your life (and you have
free will as to whether you will allow it to govern your life or not); then, of course,
you will receive constant guidance. Our lives are ordered and arranged for us in many
wonderful ways if we allow it to happen.
We plan to print most of Dr. Lee De Stefanos recent letters in our Fall
newsletter. He was thrilled and elated to hear of the response to his appeal
for help in getting more books to China. He also wrote that they need the prayers of those
who read this newsletter. Here are a few excerpts from his letters:
I am sure I need not tell you how my students are being affected by Peaces
book. It is incredible to see the transformation that takes place. There is no greater
pleasure than handing PEACE PILGRIM to an eager reader, knowing, and then explaining that
it is possible to distribute this book because of the love and kindness of so many
Peaces book is one of the answers to this low-intensity warfare that is going
on and once that book is read and digested, a great outpouring of incredible love
and compassion is possible. Just tonight, one of my students told me how her mother became
very interested in what she was reading. She now translates the book for her mother. Her
mothers initial reaction was wishing that Peace Pilgrim was still among us. I asked
my student about that and she replied, Her spirit is still alive and living amongst
all the people of the world. Her work will never end. Many of the students grieve
the way she passed this mortal realm but I have explained that this was really not as
terrible as they perceived it to be. I know deeply in my heart that she had no fear of
I reverently bow to our brothers and sisters all over the world who are awakening
and becoming beacons of this growing Love and Light that brings Peace.
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