"Blessed are they who translate every good thing
they know into action,
for ever higher truths shall be revealed
Notable American Women
receive news from Helene Young, Peace Pilgrim sister who faithfully
forwarded Peace's mail to her all over the country for 28 years. She
is telling us that Marta Daniels prepared an essay (of about 1100 words)
about Peace Pilgrim that will appear in the Encyclopaedia of Notable
American Women, Volume V, published by the Harvard University Press.
A three-page biographical checklist will be included in the Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study's background information files.
Peace Pilgrim was recorded in 1952 as the first woman to walk the entire
length of the Appalachian Trail in one season, was recommended for nomination
for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1981 (which is awardable only to the living),
was nominated for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and
a life size bronze statue was placed at the United Nations University
for Peace, Colon, Costa Rica in November 2000 for “life’s
work dedicated to world peace.”
As part of her background review, Marta found inspiring quotes of people
sharing the core of their experience with Peace Pilgrim:
"She, to me, is the epitome of a focused life.
I call her the 20th Century St Francis of Assisi."
"Hers was a universal message of perennial spiritual truths, clothed
in simple understandable language."
"It was not the scholar's erudition that spoke through her, but
the saint's imprisoned splendor, released in its full effulgence for
"She was the living demonstration of the potential that can be
unleashed when one is fully engaged in what they believe is the most
important thing in the world."
Singing Children of Mendoza
by Néstor Hugo Almagro
The Singing Children of Mendoza, Argentina took a universal
message to the international choral event "America Canta IV"
held in Mexico a few months ago, reuniting the most important choirs of
the globe. This is the proclamation for Peace represented in the show
they performed, titled PAIHUENMAPU. It is a petition of a girl Mapuche
first overwhelmed by pain and then crying out for Peace in the World.
The lyrics are by Pedro Salazar and the music by Marcelo Fernandez.
We are the children,
who wish to change the destiny of Humanity.
We are those who share the bread,
those who understand
that we cannot have more wars in the name of Peace,
and that for us to have a future,
it is necessary to take care of the planet and its biodiversity.
We are the children,
who can become brothers through song,
in a song of PEACE.
The event was held in the "CENART Blas Galindo",
México City and in Aguascalientes - Mexico.
"This is the propitious moment to begin constructing a New Humanity.
Together we can."
A great hug,
The Inner Way
Finding a meaningful challenge makes any life an adventure.
Can you see each day as a chance to practice what you believe?
you do something each day to renew your sense of challenge?
you benefit from more conscious discipline in following your goals?
Close your eyes and see yourself doing these things, living
with greater joy, energy and adventure. How do you feel?
"The Tao of Inner Peace"
by Dianne Dreher
Our sharing is the result of teamwork between Gene Johnson
inTexas, Mike Elliot in Illinois, Dan Reynolds in Ohio and Mayte Picco-Kline
in Pennsylvania – United States.
“Let the Golden Light expand,
and permeate all the land.
Lifting high a clearer vision
of humanity's grand mission
to establish peace on Earth
and give freedom new birth.”
briefly came alive the awareness of a deep Silence that can surround
each 'thought', allowing it to transmute into a facet of the ONE
INTELIGENCE. This is the 'direct knowing' of intuition, and this
is also the road to peace.”
||“At the CORE OF LIFE and ALL REALITY
is PEACE - EVERLASTING
that we can INDIVIDUALLY EVOKE
and CARRY IN OUR HEARTS
through any and all events ON EARTH
if WE CHOOSE
to BE PEACE-MAKERS!”
In the stillness of our Meditation LOVE,
PEACE and HOPE
Be still and know that love, peace and hope are here!
Be still and know hope, peace and love
Be still and know
our Right Work in Life
From my perspective, each one of us comes into this world
with a special calling or role to play. When we don’t know what
that is we can turn to our inner guidance – the voice of our personal
truth and wisdom within. Meditation, journaling or receptive silence
can be a link to that inner guidance.
A calling is a summons that comes from the highest part of ourselves.
What do I have to help them?
Hunter "Patch" Adams, known as "the doctor
of laughter", visited Argentina to offer hospitals his "humor
therapy". This doctor uses medicine as a vehicle for social change
and in one of his interviews, shared the following:
When I was a medical student and in the hospital emergency room, a boy
entered who had died in an accident. I was with the doctors when they
informed the boy’s family and I noticed that at no time did they
mention the word love or the word compassion, they never said anything
that signified a relation between people, only information and procedures.
I could imitate my professors and say to the family: "the boy will
be taken to the morgue and perhaps you will need a prescription for
a tranquilizer to help you sleep". That is, ignore the fact completely
that they had lost their son...
They were sobbing and I wanted to help them, but I asked myself, what
might I say to help them? Can I have compassion in my eyes? I can have
a face that is saying something to them! And what else do I have? What
are the words that I must say?
Then I went for the easiest part. The family was Christian; I am not.
I said to them: do you mind if we pray? They were astonished to hear
a doctor say this. I knelt down, joined hands and appealed with all
the sincerity and love I felt, remaining next to them a good while.
When we worry about the vulnerability of others instead of ourselves,
we become less vulnerable. If we dedicate our heart and soul to help
others, we don’t have much time left to worry about our own fears
and deficiencies. By helping someone else we help ourselves.
Shared by Guillermo Calderón
Dreaming on a
Everyone contains a flame of love
to be divided here, diffusing out.
The greater light is human love.
Our bodies know this when we dream about
this one, that one--it is all one. All one. All One.
And the smile we generate displays the pearls
of wisdom in this firmament of mud. The sun
shines, percolating through our blood. It swirls
the planets round in circles of delight.
And when we face the face of our desire
and mourn, and groan over the bite,
we are denying life-sustaining fire.
Look into the mirror. What you see
is one sweet morsel of eternity.
By Linda M. Stewart
contributed by Bob Kline
"To be whole is
more than to walk, it is to walk knowing where one wants to go.
In the end, when a man knows where he is going, the world provides
a path." Zoraida Consuegra - Florida, United States
Inner Unity is true and is beyond the human reach to change it.
SFC - Sta. Rosa de Calamuchita, Argentina
To love a human being is to move beyond ones individuality; it
is to perceive and value that person as a example of the whole
of humanity, as an expression of Mankind, a real manifestation
of the transcending and intangible essence called "human
being." Enviado por Guillermo Calderón -México,
Initiatives of our Circle
Many people in our circle of friends feel inspired
to share the Peace Pilgrim messages with those who are receptive. Here
we share some of these activities.
The contribution we’ve made from our Community has been and continues
to be the spreading of Enlace, and our prayers accompany all those that
work for a world at peace. (Sr. Antonio - Sta. Rosa de Calamuchita,
Thinking about how to collaborate with worldwide peace,
I now am actively giving away the book: "Peace Pilgrim: Her Life
and Work", and because of this, people have asked for your address
to be able to share the work of others in the Argentine educational
system. One example deals with a supervisor of a state’s schools
who began her work in 1994 and decided to work for peace in collaboration
withUNICEF. Among other activities, they have displayed allegorical
floats of children in a wine festival and organized workshops in different
areas to share the value of peace with children and teachers. (Miriam
The workshop was a wonderful time of sharing. I decided
to ask if anyone would like to have a copy of the Peace Pilgrim book
in Spanish and the Steps booklet, and I was astounded by the response.
I gave away every single copy of the book I had left from the project
in Spanish--which was about 22 copies! People began reading it right
away and the next day they had lots of wonderful, positive comments
to make about what they'd read. I think, for some of these women, it
might perhaps be the only book they own, and some of them don't read
very well. They treasured this gift and expressed great appreciation.
(Mary Newswanger - Monteverde, Costa Rica)
I see the way Peace’s book can be sold in my community,
I organize meetings to pray for peace and would like to form study and
peace action groups. As a member of the Association "Dona Major"
we formed another group called "Friends of Peace", who after
considering the words of Peace Pilgrim (*) have decided to gather signatures
with the intention to ask for the creation of a Ministry of Peace that
can deal with pacifist subjects for the good of humanity.” (Amparo
Vila Pérez - Valencia, Spain)
(*) Note: One of Peace Pilgrim’s
requests when she started her pilgrimage in 1953 and gathered signatures
during her first walk, giving them to the White House and to the United
Nations, was: "We request a Department of Peace be established,
with a Secretary of Peace that accepts these principles - and that all
conflicts in the contry and abroad be sent to this Peace Department.”
|Take a smile, give it
to one who’s never had one.
Take a ray of sunlight, help it fly
where the night reigns.
Discover a fountain, help someone to bathe
one who lives in need.
Take a tear, put it on the face
of one who has never cried.
Take courage, put it in the spirit
of one who is going through struggle.
Discover life, describe it
so that others might understand.
Take hope and live in its light,
take kindness and give it away.
and let it know to the world.
Shared by Guillermo Calderón
A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Enlace Internacional
circle: Stan Carnarius, Tony Tiburcio, Janet Hinkel, Allyn S. Bell and
Octavio Pérez in the United States and Marcos Polanco in the
Connect to the Internet
(Participate in this section by selecting a phrase
or sentence from the Peace Pilgrim materials. Please indicate source
Each morning I think about God and what I could do that day to serve
the children of God. (Emilia Kuri, México)
world will be able to see you and think you are facing great problems,
but inner resources always exist to overcome them easily. (Zoraida
Consuegra, United States)
happy in my childhood. I had a forest to play in, a stream to swim in
and space to grow. I wish all children would have space to grow....
(María Elena Trubiano de Zaffuto, Argentina)
you are an individual who prays, who prays with faith, you will be able
immediately and automatically to give to God in prayer that which concerns
you, and leave it in God’s hands - the best possible hands. (Silvia
Ruth Crespo, Argentina)
price of peace is to abandon greed and to replace it with giving, so
that nobody is damaged spiritually when having more than they need while
others in the world have less than they need. (Emmanuel C. Haraka,
love casts fear’. An attitude of obedience toward the will of
God will bring an acknowledgement of the constant presence of God, and
therefore fear leaves. (Hna Magdalena de Jesús, Chile)
is also a fourth preparation, and it is the simplification of life to
bring inner and outer well-being – psychological and material
well-being – into harmony in your life. (Rosemary Southwell,
me, I pray!' I implored to God. And a feeling of great peace overcame
me. (Amparo Vila Pérez, Spain)