"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, hatred with love" -- Peace Pilgrim
Letters and Email - Peace Pilgrim in History
From our Correspondence - Letters and Email
From Matthew in New York:
Hello, my name is Matthew. I am 26 years of age and an armed forces veteran. I live in upstate New York in the Adirondack Mountains where I work and go to school full time. I recently watched the documentary on Mildred Norman and was absolutely moved by it! I am also baffled that I, as well as most of the people I know have never heard of this amazing woman! I would love to have several copies of her book if it is not too much to ask. I would like to share them with some of my friends. I work in a residential facility for troubled young boys and I feel that I could get a couple of them to read this as well. I often think if these boys knew about such a woman and read her story and beliefs that it may ease them and help to keep them on task through difficult times in their lives. Thank you so much. It truly is a good thing you all are doing. God Bless you.......
From Megan in Texas:
Hello! I am writing to receive a copy of your book. I have already read it online, admittedly, but would like to have a copy of my own to pass around. I was blown away by the message because my original search was about mystics in history - just a random curiosity (or inspired thought!) I had. Peace Pilgrim came up in my search and I'm amazed nobody around here has really heard of her. Some scoff at what she did saying things like, "yeah, a lot of good she did, huh." She is still doing the work of God and I believe her spirit is present in many people today. She passed on a year after I was born and it's been almost 30 years since then - sorry I didn't hear about all of this sooner! :) I've been on my own spiritual "walk", so to speak, and as Peace Pilgrim would put it, I have been "plugged in" to the spirit lately - as if out of nowhere this amazing story about the power of faith and love and PEOPLE has blessed my life. That is the way it works - When we seek, we shall find. God bless you folks for all you do.
An email from a journalist in Kashmir:
Dear Madam/Sir, I live in Muzaffarabad Kashmir, which remains embroiled in violence and turmoil. For over a half-century since 1947, people of Kashmir have been bearing the brunt of the animosity between the region's two countries, India and Pakistan - now both nuclear powers. They have fought two of their three wars to gain control over Kashmir and they have yet to settle this dispute even after the loss of the lives of half-a-million. We want peace like the food, water and air. We are sick of wars, violence, and turmoil. Please send a copy of Peace Pilgrim. Maybe I can find something in it to achieve much needed peace for my people.
Regards, K. (Journalist)
From Anne in California,
I’ve heard it said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And that has certainly been the case in my lifetime. Just last month I heard about Peace Pilgrim for the first time. And yet she began her walk when I was almost five months old and died just five months before my first child was born 27 years ago. My parents used to attend the Rose Parade every year, so I was probably at the parade on the morning of January 1, 1953 when Peace began her first pilgrimage. And yet it is now this late in my life that I finally make her acquaintance.
From a prison chaplain in Texas
I am the assistant chaplain at the El Paso Detention Center. Over the past few months we have distributed your booklets in English and Spanish to hundreds of detained men and women. In addition we had copies of the Peace Pilgrim in our library and several of the detainees have commented on how much these books have deeply inspired them.
From Charles on the road in Guatamala:
I have thought of your offer of the Steps Toward Inner Peace pamphlet. Maybe I can tell you the story of how I came to know Peace Pilgrim. Over two years ago I started on a journey. I had traveled the world before but this time I wanted social work to be the platform for my journey. My plan was to drive my BMW motorcycle to the end of the world (Tierra del Fuego in Argentina) stopping and volunteering along the way. Before beginning the trip, I went to help post-Katrina New Orleans and also worked with immigrants in San Diego with the Western Workers Social Union. After a long tattoo session, I realized that I needed to make some changes in my plan. I realized I needed to stop buying gasoline. So I sold everything and bought a bicycle. I have now peddled all the way to Guatemala. I have volunteered here for nearly a year. During this time, while in a remote mountain town, I discovered Peace Pilgrim. There was a Swiss man there who had your pamphlets. So I would love a bunch of your pamphlets in Spanish so I can pass them out when I continue this journey in January. I speak to hundreds of people as I pedal this world. My flag has a picture of the earth and says in Spanish and English, “Another world is possible.” A website is chronicling the journey. Check it out at: quetzaltrekkers.com. Thanks for your time. Peace and love.
From Jared in Nebraska:
Wow, is all I can say after reading about Peace Pilgrim's life. She really was an inspiration for human development. Her message is one that truly should be heard by all and keeping her words alive is a very important part of bringing peace to everyone. I absolutely love how her message is so simple and yet profound. I have read much about other sages, yogis, and the sort, but Peace Pilgrim's message seems to be the most universally ready to be accepted, not too much emphasis on religion which can frighten some people away from a message. I would love to share the wisdom of Peace Pilgrim with some people in my life if you could be so kind as to send me a few copies of her book. I would love to be able to introduce my friends to this wonderful woman's work. Thank you in advance, and thank you for donating your time and efforts to such a great cause.
From Yvonne in Beijing:
I had always wanted to write to thank you for giving me the copy of "Steps Toward Inner Peace" but I do have a bad habit of procrastination! Today we had a bonus holiday in Beijing due to the opening of the Olympics. I decided to make use of the time to catch up with friends from afar.
After receiving this email from Yvonne we sent her additional copies of our Steps Toward Inner Peace booklet in both English and Chinese. Booklets containing both languages in one volume have now been printed in Beijing and are making Peace Pilgrim’s message available to new friends in China.
From Elizabeth in California:
Words fail me to try to express appreciation for a life lived in the way Peace Pilgrim made hers, every day! All though it was lived in an incredibly simple and original way, still its fullness is utterly touching and awesomely inspiring!
From Jenny in Illinois:
God bless each of your selfless hearts. Peace Pilgrim has touched, changed, and blessed me more than I can say. She was an answer to my prayers and lifted my heart and spirit to the high heavens. Thank you for perpetuating her practical and timeless message of love. (p.s. I sent her book to six others.) Sending you all God’s unconditional love.
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