FROM THE Directors

In the progress of mankind there are times that call for extraordinary courage, mercy, and perspective. Times that challenge men and women to stand in gratitude for the richness of lessons learned—usually the hard way. People are often asked by events, again and again, to give the best and most honorable of themselves. And the worst of times has been changed to the best through a timely and unselfish word or act by a person, an institution, a community, or a nation.

This is such a time. There are signs today that a more noble era is struggling to emerge. None of us is blind to the despair felt by so many of our brothers and sisters who share this globe. But it must be that this very awareness is drawing forth a wider charity to assuage the grief and sorrow and deprivation felt by too many. A more noble era can only become so as it leaves no one out—leaves no one untouched.

It is our conviction that spirituality remains today the most powerful agent in the progress of mankind. Spirituality certainly isn't something elusive or antiquated. It's the power of God actively realized in human experience—uplifting, transforming, healing. It's felt in many ways, shining through the hearts and lives of people the world over. Spiritualization of motive and act can do more for mankind than anything else. And, it has to do with home and human relations and education; and jobs and commerce and farms and fishing and clean environment; and government and freedom and safety; and communication and invention and individual purpose.

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The ice of winter, the fire of Christmas
December 25, 1989

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