9/16/2008

An American Woman's Journey as Peace Pilgrim

From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America.

Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. It had to be offered without asking. For 28 years all her needs were met. She spoke to all who would listen about the entire peace picture; peace among nations, peace among groups, and the very important "inner peace" because she believed that was where peace began. Watch her speak to a college class.

Peace also requires we protect and nourish the most vulnerable, innocent and exploited girls and children subject to human trafficking around the world.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called sons (and daughters) of God." - Jesus

"God became human, so humans might become God." - St. Athanasius of Alexandria