Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thoughts for Easter Sunday

When Abdu'l-Baha spoke to Americans, he often mentioned Jesus Christ, since Abdu'l-Baha knew that many of the people in his audience were membars of a Chtristian Church. Read a passage that Abdu'l-Baha shared at the end of one talk, a talk that he gave on April 12, 1912:

"let your faces be more radiant with hope and heavenly determination to serve the Cause of God, to spread the pure fragrances of the divine rose garden of unity, to awaken spiritual susceptibilities in the hearts of mankind, to kindle anew the spirit of humanity with divine fires and to reflect the glory of heaven to this gloomy world of materialism. When you possess these divine susceptibilities, you will be able to awaken and develop them in others. We cannot give of our wealth to the poor unless we possess it. How can the poor give to the poor? How can the soul that is deprived of the heavenly bounties develop in other souls capacity to receive those bounties?
Array yourselves in the perfection of divine virtues. I hope you may be quickened and vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Then shall ye indeed become the angels of heaven whom Christ promised would appear in this Day to gather the harvest of divine planting. This is my hope. This is my prayer for you. "

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