are they who love and trust their fellow beings,
for they shall reach the good in people and receive a loving response."."
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Número 25 en Espanol
"In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations
will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity
and dignity of all life."
Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize
Rep.Dennis Kucinich of the U.S. Congress: "This is the
time to conceive of peace as not simply being the absence of violence,
but the active presence of the capacity for a higher evolution of
- A call for action
The book 'Peregrina de Paz: Su Vida y Obra en sus Propias Palabras'
is complete and active links are now up on the main pages of the Peace
Pilgrim website. Here is the direct link:
"This morning we had a phone call from Jean Yu. She is translating
the Peace Pilgrim book into Chinese and 7 chapters have been done.
She's been working on it for a few years and says it is taking so
long because she is an architect and is very busy. Jean lives in Dallas,
Texas. The book is being published chapter by chapter in a magazine
in Taiwan. That's where the book will be published when complete.
Jean said 100,000 Chinese "Steps" booklets are in circulation."
Kathy Miller, PP Center in Somerset, California, U.S.A.
Israeli Bombing Victim Donates Kidney That Saves Palestinian Woman
Aisha Abu Hadir is a Palestinian who can't get the images
of an Israeli tragedy out of her mind - 28 people killed by a suicide
bomber as they ate Passover dinner. The event literally saved her
life. "From the tragedy you are able to create something good,"
said Dr. Ezra Shaharabani, a transplant surgeon.
'See People as People'. Zeev Vidor, 49, was wounded
in the Passover attack in late March and died after a week on life
support. His family knew he wanted to donate his organs to anyone
who might need them.
"The doctor told us in a specific way, 'Do you mind if
it will go to Arab, Palestinian, somebody?'" said
Nimrod Vidor, the victim's son. "My father, all the
time, educated us to see people as people, not as
Muslims, Jewish people, Catholic."
And it happened. Hadir, 54, has a new kidney today and
a new and overwhelming gratitude toward an Israeli family.
ABCNEWS' Claire Shipman contributed to this report.
Seeds of Peace Mission
Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization
that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of
making peace. Set at a camp in the woods of Maine, United States,
a safe and supportive environment is created where the youngsters
can air their views and learn listening, communication and other conflict
resolution techniques that allow them to develop empathy for one another.
Seeds of Peace equips the next generation with the leadership capabilities
required to co-operatate with each other.
There are tangible benefits of this effort. Adam Shapiro,
an American Jew from Brooklyn, New York living in Ramallah, and his
fiance Huwuaida Arraif, a Palestinian-American from Detroit, Michigan,
helped arrange shipments of food and medical supplies to Palestinians
confined to their homes during the curfew in Ramallah.
The great-nephew of Peace Pilgrim, Ken Elkner, is in
charge of the Unity bookstore in Puerto Rico. He writes: "I remember
her presence in family meetings when I was young. Her energy and message
have influenced my spiritual development and are part of the reason
why the principles of "Unity" are most appropriate for me!
She spoke in many churches of this denomination through the United States,
where her message was very well received.
Her impact lives through the lives she has touched. She recognized
that people spiritually grow in their own way
description of her path inspires others. Many consider the details of
her pilgrimage to be extraordinary; I feel each of us can reach our
own expression of what extraordinary is.
I am happy to have had Peace Pilgrim as a part of my life.
Many times we wonder about ways to sustain an effective balance in
our lives. Here are some ideas that may be helpful to you coming from
the teamwork of Mike Elliot, Dan Reynolds, Gene Johnson and Mayte Picco-Kline.
Forget about your life situation
for a while and pay attention to your life.
life situation exists in time. Your life is now.
life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.
the "narrow gate that leads to life." It is called the Now.
Narrow your life
to this moment. Your life situation may be full of problems - most life
are - but find out if you have any problem at this moment. Not tomorrow
or in ten minutes,
but now. Do you have a problem now?
** How do we attain a subjective
By a definite sensitiveness to the possibilities of life relationships,
a sentiment for life's significance and an acute sympathy with all life
"Everything has to have special
significance, but only under circumstances
where the individual is made more rather than less a part of life around
Marc Edmund Jones
People who would like to correspond with other Friends
of Peace Pilgrim.
7 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Timothy Gaines (No. 475945)
9601 Spur 591
Amarillo TX 79107
(correspondence in English)
The following is a transcript of a
WLCH radio program from Lancaster, PA, United States.
Good morning listening friends, I am Charito Calvachi Wakefield, Radio
Center WLCH 91.3 FM in Pennsylvania, United States, here today with
our guest Mayte Picco-Kline.
This is the radio program in which we give our perspective of life,
open our hearts to our neighbor, to our friend, our sisters, our children,
our spouses, brothers, cousins -- to open a dialogue that leads us to
make a more human and just society, more familiar and warm, more fruitful
and inspiring. Here we share our universe of inspiration and how this
task leaves a mark on our society.
When Mayte visits us, she illustrates different aspects of life today
touching subjects that interest us all.
On this occasion we are going to speak of the situation in which we're
living since the events of September 11. We know many people are asking
themselves how they might collaborate to bring peace to our time. We
hope our dialogue helps to clarify some of our listeners questions.
Mayte lives in London, England.
Hello Mayte, I'm happy you are with us again.
1. Do you have an inspirational thought you wish to share with our
audience to initiate our program?
I would like to share with our friends a deep
desire, beautifully expressed by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Allow my soul to smile through my heart
Allow my heart to smile through my eyes
That I can scatter the wealth of a smile to all sad hearts.
2. And tell me Mayte... do you think now, more than ever, it's appropriate
to speak of our spiritual development?
In fact this is a very personal point, Charito.
Nevertheless, the present circumstances have accentuated the necessity
in many people to actively look for answers to their inner search.
I understand a greater number of people now attend religious services
and there is a greater need for psychological help as we cope with
changing current conditions.
3. What are the consequences of war?
One of the lessons we still need to learn
is that wars in fact do not solve problems. They cause many negative
emotions that are very difficult to deal with, in the short and long
term. Wars instigate negative feelings of vengeance and revenge instead
of having a positive approach to problem solving. Violence generates
violence -- love generates love.
Our friend Peace Pilgrim, who we have spoken
of on other occasions, took in the pockets of her tunic some quotes
and I would like to share one of them with you.
John F. Kennedy said: "Humanity must
end war or war will end humanity. War will exist until that distant
day when the consciencious objector will enjoy the same reputation
and prestige the soldier has today".
4. What daily action are we required to take to promote peace as we
confront the problem of terrorism?
It is important to think that each experience
comes to our lives for a purpose - the way in which each of us interprets
and integrates the events of terrorism in our lives is part of this
Each experience comes...
1) to teach us a LESSON
In this particular situation it is an opportunity
to consider seriously how do we feel about life and death - how well
are we prepared to make this transition? It is an opportunity to appreciate
life in all its dimensions. It is possible that the surviving New
York firemen have learned dramatically the inner force they really
have and their great courage to help others. Perhaps this situation
is also an opportunity to make some changes in the international policy
of this country to reduce the resentment that exists in others.
It is worthwhile to mention that only when
we learn our lessons do we break the repetitive cycle of situations
without real solutions. To reflect on and understand our lessons is
of much personal and social value.
2) TO INSPIRE US
Many people I know tell me how they are becoming
involved now, directly and actively working for peace. A teacher has
dialogues about peace with her 10-year-old students every day. She
helps them meditate about peace in their homes, with their families
and in school. Another person now has a radio program in Miami where
she speaks about peace and shares Peace Pilgrim materials with the
audience. I know many people who have initiated prayer groups for
We are truly becoming inspired in many different
3) to give us an opportunity to be of SERVICE
It is wonderful to see the sense of cooperation
that has awakened in the city of New York, for example. There is a
sense of unity that had not been experienced there before. I understand
many people are now doing something to help somebody or some cause
related to the events of September 11. It is a great opportunity to
learn that happiness exists through giving.
5. And tell me Mayte, how do we prepare ourselves personally to be
motivators for peace?
As we personally experience INNER PEACE we
can transmit it to others. Let's remember that peace does not come
to us because we look for it... inner peace is a result of learning
to live in HARMONY with ourselves and all the people around us.
An attitude of LOVE and KINDNESS... a disposition
TO GIVE all we can for the well-being of others... a friendly hand
at all times... this type of disposition supported in our actions
to confirm our good desires, contributes to the feeling of peace and
6. If there was one focus for these days so that peace prevails, what
would it be?
In fact the solutions are very complex and
each one of us is involved. Let us remember that each one of our thoughts,
feelings and actions contributes to the total picture of peace. As
Peace Pilgrim says, each one of us is a cell in the body of humanity.
Flowing outwardly when we SHARE with others,
being of SERVICE to others, gives force to the UNITY that exists among
all human beings on Earth.
Words Towards The Essential
by Carina Cicero- (extract published in Enlace)
Sent by Néstor Hugo Almagro, Argentina
Compassion, to help us accept
the distinction in others with tenderness and understanding.
Harmony, to be able to accept
the natural flow of life.
Creativity, to be able to discover
new alternatives and paths in our walk.
Peace, to maintain us centered.
Love, to be our constant guide
toward the highest level of conscience a human being can reach.
Unity, to bring us back to where
we began, to the place where we are one with our-self and with all
Kathy Miller shares with us that her most recent song
was written for the Peace Pilgrim Center. Here's a representative
one love, one spirit has led us to this place
One light, one love, one spirit reveals a gift of
One light, one love, one spirit inspires us to give
Our lives in humble service, that all may truly live."
"Our force is in the silence and hope."
Shared by Victoria Novik Assael, Chile
I am sure that peace and love bring health to humanity.
Amparo Vila Pérez
I believe there are two main tasks for the inner work
to build strong foundations for peace. One is eminently educative:
to know, to inform, to share. The other I would call a curative process
related intimately to Love, the love that one learns to generate toward
others, toward God and also toward oneself; this curative character
of Love in the soul is what seems to me to build a lasting, true Peace.
A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Enlace Internacional
circle: Kathy Miller and Timothy Gaines from the United States and
Karl Ampofo from Great Britain.
(Participate in this section by selecting a favorite
phrase or sentence from the Peace Pilgrim material. Please indicate
the source and page.)
Have the will to confront life with honesty; and look under the surface
of life where truths and realities exist. (Emilia Kuri, México)
When at last you give your life -- bringing into alignment your beliefs
and the way you live -- then, and only then, can you begin to find
inner peace. (Mary Newswanger, Costa Rica)
Live life in harmony with the divine purpose. (Amparo Vila Pérez,
No problem can ever be presented to you that does not have a purpose
in your life, that cannot contribute to your inner development. (Martha
María Morales Batista, Cuba)
Everything you insist on maintaining captive will hold you captive,
and if you wish freedom, you must give freedom. (Hna. Magdalena
de Jesús, Chile)
There always is a way to do good! (Xiomara Jeréz Zamora,
The seeker must walk his path alone with God. I would recommend you
keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts elevated to the heights.
(Zoraida Consuegra, United States and Pedro M. Roblejo Ramos, Cuba)
When you do something for world peace, peace between groups, peace
between individuals, or for your own inner peace, you improve the
total scheme of peace.
(María Elena Trubiano de Zaffuto, Argentina)
Maintain a humble position and preserve intimate relations
guided by the whispers of your superior self. (Silvia Ruth Crespo,
The positive approach inspires. (Haroldo Gutiérrez C., México)
For me every moment is a new and wonderful opportunity to serve others.
(Carolina Valdés P., Cuba)