Tuesday, March 30, 2021

East and West - Our Lives

 Please bear in mind that this is a timed piece. 1969.

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters,

Learning to appreciate our cultural differences is going to take us beyond our earthly life. Below is a segment of a testimony by a lady during her missionary life in a state in America in the early years.

At one of these conferences there was a church holiday and Pres. Young Whi Kim asked me to organize the state leaders into a skit as part of the entertainment. We decided to do a comedy review of our experiences with Father on the speaking tour. In one of our scenes, one beefy member by the name of Gil and the diminutive Helen Chin Alexander did a hilarious imitation of Mrs. Choi translating for Father. They spoofed how Father would say strong things in a strong way and then Mrs. Choi would translate it all in a soft, feminine way. The skit was a hit, indeed hilarious, and Father and Mother were rolling in the aisles. Later, Pres. Kim told me in the nicest way that one does not do spoofs of the Messiah. Of course. I was mortified. Just like True Parents to absorb our ignorance with a big heart.

I disagree with the conclusion. True Parents did not have to absorb the ignorance of one of their children. True Parents enjoy the skit, plain and simple. We have much to learn from our Eastern brothers and sisters, but so do they from the Western world. Our freedom of expression is part of God’s plan to spread joy and love.

I have said many times in the past that a joke is only acceptable when both parties enjoy it, and no one feels put down or mock. I believe that True Parents during this moment of laughter due to the skit actually gave them the vitality to continue their so demanding and difficult mission.

 


 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

What does reconciliation means to me?

 What does reconciliation means to me:

Reconciliation is liberation

1) Understand the hurt created due to ignorance
2) Recognized the hurt created voluntarily towards others
3) Recognized the ignorance that I have about all the other cultures
3) Ability to ask for forgiveness
4) Ability to recognized the value of others
5) Ability to respect others cultures and background
6) Ability to learn from individuals who are very different than me, in culture and traditions
7) Ability to recognized that all humanity is a single family, under one Heavenly Parent

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Attitude towards the Marriage Blessing

 

 Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You are pioneers. You are setting the path for future generations. I am talking about the way we are trying to find our Heavenly Spouse. As you may have heard from me before, being matched and blessed when True Parents were doing so, was a matter of great faith in God and in them, and we did it with great expecting hearts.

Today it is different, faith needs be there for sure but not only in Heavenly Parent, it has to be there in ourselves. We need to be able to understand that Heavenly Parent trust us to do the right thing, so we must also trust ourselves.

Why are you pioneers? Because you are among the first group of individuals who must do so. In the future, it will become a norm but today, it takes diligence and plenty of courage to prepare oneself to be a spouse and find the Heavenly Spouse.

True Father once explained that not just one person can be our Heavenly Spouse, so do not think that there is only one individual among all, that is for you. There are more than one.

So, finding the one has nothing to do with finding a needle in a haystack, but everything to do with how we prepare ourselves to be a spouse and the motivation being it all. Are you willing to do the work, external and internal, both, not just one or the other?

What are the external:

  • Fulfilling the requirements to be a Matching Candidate
  • Create and update on a regular basis a good profile – A profile needs to reflect your heart and soul – take the time, do it well and post it on all platforms available.

What are the internal:

  • An attitude of devotion
  • Sincere prayers, and clear understanding of the preciousness of the Blessing
  • A good understanding of the teaching of our True Parents

There are three events in our life that are most important: Our Birth, our Marriage-Blessing, our Death
It took 9 months and painful delivery for us to be born. It can take many months and a lot of difficulties for someone to enter the spiritual world. So, what about the Marriage-Blessing? Be the heroes of our time, show the future generations that finding our own Heavenly Spouse is a most beautiful task that True Parents have entrusted to us.

December 23, 2020