The heart of filial piety toward Heaven Becoming the Light of the World
The heart of filial piety toward Heaven Becoming the Light of the World
Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:
The Festival to Commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, the True Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind was held on August 19 at the Peace World Center in Korea. Click the link below to watch and read True Mother’s message.
The Blessed Culture and Sports Festival, which took place from August 10-14, was accented with incredible displays of the power of community and the spirit of persistence.
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”愛と孝情 聖和4周年の新たな光” Continue reading 週刊ブリーフィング：2016-08-20
August 18, 2016 – Cheongpyeong Heaven and earth Training Center
Beloved leaders, and precious brothers and sisters from around the world!
It is my privilege to be with you today at the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center on this special occasion of the 2016 Summer Cheongpyeong Special Great Works.
As you all know, the scheduling of this Great Works program coincides with the Seonghwa Festival to commemorate the 4th Anniversary of True Father’s ascension. As such, this is a very, very special time.
I am sure your presence here, so many thousands of young brothers and sisters, brings joy and comfort to our True Father in the spiritual world and our True Mother here on the earth.
Therefore, I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, for participating in this sacred program, centered on our Heavenly Parent and our True Parents.
True Father’s Words
Brothers and sisters, I want to share some of True Father’s words with you, and I invite you to take a moment to contemplate and feel True Father’s dream for each and every one of you:
Cheongpyeong is the place where everything can reach a resolution and we can make a completely new beginning. The name itself symbolizes that. In Cheongpyeong, Cheong (淸) means “clear”and Pyeong (平) means “level.” In other words, Cheongpyeong means “that which is clear and level.” Since the ground already has been completely leveled, all we need to do is create a design and raise the pillars. We are ready to begin at any time. (CBG 5-1-6-7; 27 Aug 1972)
True Father gave this encouragement and inspiration in 1972. We are now living in 2016. Are we ready to fulfill True Father’s dream? Yes!!!
Are we going to raise the roof of the kingdom of heaven on earth here at Cheongpyeong? Yes!!!
I believe you!!! I know we can do it!!! Thank you.
I hope each one of you will experience a new beginning as a result of your participation in this program. I pray that it may breathe new life and clarity into your hearts and minds, filling you with renewed hope, faith, and vision.
Let us work to level and balance ourselves—mind, body and soul— so that we become a solid and stable foundation for fulfilling all our dreams as true sons and daughters of Heavenly Parent and True Parents, fulfilling Vision 2020 and realizing Cheon Il Guk. Aju!
I hope that during your time here you can repair, cleanse and purify all past losses, disappointments, failures, and doubts. I pray that the light, love and wisdom of Heavenly Parent and True Parents will heal, re-kindle, and nurture your own aspirations for the future.
I have faith that here, in this sanctified holy place, you will discover your divine heart, soul, and inner light, so that you will lead a purposeful life on a path to victory.
Your sincere and conscientious attendance here brings comfort to our Heavenly Parent and our True Parents, and all of your ancestors and family members.
As you invest your heart and soul in the various parts of the program—-morning Hoondokhae, prayer times at the Jeongshim Won, preparation of your Wish Papers, Chanyang Yeoksa sessions, the Holy Ground Pilgrimage, Ancestor Liberation Ceremony, and Ancestor Blessing Ceremony—-you will surely move the heart of Heaven and Earth. You will open a clear and level way for the providence to advance, with your own light shining brightly, overcoming all darkness and doubt.
I have absolute faith in all of you! May Heavenly Parent and True Parents bless you and guide you throughout this precious journey!
Our True Parents have opened the gates of heaven, for each one of us and for our ancestors, and for our children, our grandchildren and extended family members. True Parents’ path of victory was not simple or easy.
After all, the results of the Fall have been devastating. All direct dominion was taken from Heavenly Parent, leaving the world, all human beings, and all living things under the dominion of false principles and false powers.
Therefore, in order for us to fully appreciate this day and the time in which we are living, we need to understand Heavenly Parent’s heart, as He searched and suffered throughout millennia to come to this day and this holy place, together with our beloved True Parents.
True Mother’s Words
Let us consider True Mother’s precious words:
True Parents have concluded the 6,000 years of the providence of restoration through indemnity. True Parents have opened a new age. It is the age of Cheon Il Guk. Korea has been chosen by heaven. If you look at a map of Korea, Cheongpyeong is in the position of a woman’s womb. The womb is the place where new life begins. This means that Cheongpyeong is the place where fallen humankind can be reborn from wild olive trees into true olive trees. From this point of view, all the people in the world must flock to Cheongpyeong and receive new life. The place where True Parents are is our eternal hometown. (True Mother, 24 Oct 2015)
Throughout history, Heavenly Parent has had one goal in mind: True Parents. On the foundation of True Parents, Heavenly Parent would begin a new history free from the tragic legacy of the Fall, free from suffering and indemnity.
This new history leads to the nation of Cheon Il Guk, the original Garden of Eden, the unified harmony of heaven on earth. Cheon Il Guk is a world where peace, True Love, goodness and prosperity flourish, for the sake of all living beings and all creation.
We are so very blessed to have been born at this time, at the time when True Parents have lived on this earth, and have fulfilled the will of heaven. We are so blessed to be called the beloved sons and daughters of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
We have been liberated from the chains of fallen history and we have been given the precious gifts—the Blessing and the Word—that we may transform ourselves and this world, creating a world of True Love, joy, and peace for all humankind and all the creation.
There is a seed within each one of you that is seeking goodness. By coming here to Cheongpyeong, that seed will be nurtured and it will grow in the soil of this clear and level holy ground. That seed has within it the framework and design of the true olive tree you can become.
May you grow majestically strong, that you may wear the Crown of Glory and be victoriously immortalized as a true saint and child of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
May you grow deep roots that burrow firmly into this holy soil so that they thrive eternally, drawing deeply from the nourishment of Heavenly Parent’s unconditional love.
Let this special time and this sacred land, blessed by True Parents, heal and nourish you, so that you may thrive and gloriously branch out to reach all humankind, extending the fruit of the true olive tree to all of Heavenly Parent’s spiritually lost children, in order that they too can be reborn and restored.
This place is your womb, a place where we live together with True Mother on the earth and in complete unity with True Father in heaven.
We are living at the time of the completion stage of liberation from the Fall, a time for your rebirth. Each one of you is a precious child of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
May you never doubt your divine light!
May that light shine for all others to see in the midst of darkness!
May each of you, bring glory to Heavenly Parent, True Parents, and all humankind. Aju!
To fully appreciate and understand the significance of our time here at Cheonpyeong it is necessary for us to know its history and to practice the hoondokhae tradition which gives us a higher awareness and guides us on the path toward enlightenment.
True Parents’ Cheongpyeong Providence has been a central part of Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents’ mission, and has been carried out through three stages. The 1st stage, from 1971, established the “original sanctuary” here in Cheongpyeong. The 2nd stage, from 1995 and centering on the liberation of ancestors and blessing, was opened with the spiritual work of Heung Jin nim and Dae Mo nim. The 3rd and perfection stage, from 2014, has been carried out under the direct dominion of True Parents, centering on the proclamation of the unified Cain and Abel, Hyo Jin nim and Heung Jin nim. With the eldest filial sons unified as one with True Father and Dae Mo nim in spirit world and True Mother on earth, a realm of eternal blessings and grace for all has been opened.
Let us give a great applause to True Parents for this victory! Aju!
If you wholeheartedly unite with True Father’s words, you will see what a precious time of liberation we are witnessing on earth and in heaven due to True Parents’ absolute victory, a victory which had its turning point at the Holy Wedding Ceremony of True Parents on April 11, 1960.
True Mother’s Public Mission
Let us now take a moment to reflect on a few passages from Cham Bumo Gyeong to understand this significant moment in history:
Therefore, a true woman must emerge who can love them as their true mother. As the last days draw near, the time is approaching when such a woman will appear. This is why, to prepare the environment, women’s movements are springing up worldwide. We now have arrived at a time when many women can surpass men. The last days is the time when women can restore the fall, and the women who are emerging now are in the realm of benefit to represent the heavenly Eve. Today it is not just a matter of woman’s liberation; women can stand in such a position. Therefore, the True Mother must appear during this time. We must be able to attend this Mother on earth. Humankind has been trying to return to God, and as we enter the era when this can happen, the Bride must be established on earth. (CBG, p. 81,4)
Many decades ago, True Father foretold of a time, during the last days, when a liberated world of womankind would emerge, centering on a true woman, God’s true bride, ushering in a great new era of unity and harmony when all fallen beings are restored back to God.
Do we have such a woman with us today? Yes!
Who is this amazing woman? Our True Mother of heaven earth and humankind! Let’s give a roaring applause for our True Mother. And please say with me, “Kamsahamnida, Salanghamnida Chamomonim!” Beautiful!
During the past four years we have witnessed a glorious development. The shining light of True Mother’s hope, liberation, and victory shines on us all. Looking back to after True Father’s Seonghwa Ceremony in 2012, it almost seemed as if our world had come to an end. I myself was shaken and deeply concerned about the future of our movement.
However, it was not long before I began to observe True Mother’s greatness. I came to know that, by having absolute faith, love, and obedience in attending our True Mother, the path to seungli, victory, was never in doubt.
Our True Mother, despite the many challenges she faced and the obstacles in her path, has steadfastly moved forward, leading the providence with absolute love, absolute faith in Heavenly Parent, and absolute resolve.
True Parents Investment in Cheongpyeong
From the early 1960’s True Parents have invested in developing Cheongpyeong as a base for our worldwide movement. In those days True Parents’ slept in a tent and ate fish from the lake. From the beginning, for our True Parents, this was a holy place, a place close to the heart of Heavenly Parent and a place of pilgrimage.
True Father shared so many of his hopes and dreams for the continual development of Cheongpyeong, even during those early times. He spoke of having designated areas for display of the national cultures of all the mission countries of the Unification Church. He spoke of Cheongpyeong as a center for global education and spiritual renewal for our movement, and for members from all over the world.
True Father and True Mother had the foresight to establish Cheongpyeong, in order to educate and immortalize the glorious legacy of our True Parents for the sake of future generations.
They knew that Cheongpyeong would one day come to be a destination greater than any wonder in the world! It would become the holiest and most joyful, loving, peaceful place on earth, fulfilling the hopes of our Heavenly Parent and our True Parents.
Since True Father’s ascension, and in order to carry forward True Father’s vision, True Mother has been pouring out all her physical and spiritual energy to erect on this “clear and level” holy ground, the place where True Parents can eternally dwell; where their lives will be immortalized, providing an eternal beacon of light that makes it possible for all humankind to find their way back home to God.
The CJSHwon (Cheon Ji Sun Hak Won) museum will preserve, protect, and promote the victorious great works of our True Parents and the glorious history and legacy of our movement.
The CJSHwon (Cheon Ji Sun Hak Won) will testify to True Parents, giving all visitors a direct experience of the Truth, the Word, the way of salvation, and grace, so that all life can live in joy, harmony, love, goodness and peace.
This holy land will be the true model of sustainable, harmonious, conscious, and loving land development, making Cheongpyeong our Heavenly Parent’s true Garden of Eden here on earth.
Here are a few more precious words of inspiration from our True Father. First a passage taken from “Understanding True Parents’ Cheongpyeong Providence”,
…anyone can be victorious if they join with True Mother with oneness in heart, oneness in body, oneness in harmony and oneness in thought. In conclusion, this means we are living in an amazing age when everything can be achieved if the blessed families offer devotions at Cheongpyeong. The day when the Cheongpyeong holy ground will be regarded as a Mecca for all of humankind, and when many people will flock to this place as the original homeland, is not far in the future. This was made possible by the work of True Parents. [UTPPC p. 73-74]
Now here is a passage from Cham Bumo Gyeong,
This land of Cheongpyeong can become the foundation where an individual can be reborn. It is the place of cooperation between heaven, centering on the spirit, and earth, centering on the body. It can also be a place of the heart where a family or even a nation can be born, a place where the world and heaven and earth can be born, and where the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven can be built. If the Unification Church can stand in the position of having overcome hardships, we will be able to make dramatic progress.
The work of bringing all this together and educating young people from all over the world will take place here at Cheongpyeong. So will the work of gathering blessed families to attend workshops so that they can step forward to the world. This is something to be proud of. In fact, the people and nation can take pride in this place as representing the entire Republic of Korea. This is true not only for Korea and its people but also for Asia and the people of the world. (CBG 5-1-6-20; 10 Mar 1997)
Beloved brothers and sisters. I want to encourage you to open your hearts and find true happiness and liberation during the coming few days. You are Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents’ precious filial sons and daughters.
May you find your clear and level path to enlightenment. May you unify your mind and body and may you each become a true beacon of divine light. May you each come to manifest the true culture of heart and may share that with all of Heavenly Parent’s children.
Now, please listen to these words from True Mother, sharing her hopes for the 4th Annivesary of True Father’s Seonghwa.
I said during hoondokhae that we need to become one. Mind and body unity is important and you and your neighbors need to unite. You need to live with one mind and one will. If you broaden that environment, it will become a heaven where God can reside. That is why I have been emphasizing the fourth anniversary of True Father’s seonghwa since last year and have been talking about a revolution in the culture of heart. A revolution… It is a different kind of revolution than ever before. Do you understand? When we are living in an era in which we can say we have fulfilled everything, that is happiness—unrestricted happiness.
So how can we achieve this goal of “unrestricted happiness”?
We are all here in honor of the 4th anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa. As we prepare our hearts to connect with Heavenly Parent and True Father, it is important that we open our eyes beyond this physical realm and unite with a higher consciousness. How can we do that?
Recently I was talking with my nephew, whose own father, and of course his own grandfather (True Father), had passed. He asked me how we can connect with those who are no longer here on earth. He asked how we can fill the desperate void of missing our loved ones.
I shared with him that what has helped me personally is a practice that allows me to get in touch with my higher divine light and true self, a spiritual place where there is only eternal love and oneness. It is a form of meditation and prayer, a practice of mindfulness. It allows us to reach beyond this earthly realm so that heaven can heal and guide us away from suffering to a place where we find true joy.
Although we spoke deeply together, I did not get a chance to try this meditation practice together with him. Therefore, I thought that since we are all gathered here today, I could share this mediation exercise with all of you.
Would you like to take a moment to reach out to Heavenly Parent and True Father and all our ancestors? May I share this practice of meditation and prayer? Yes? Thank you.
Oneness can only begin when two become one. So, I ask that each of you join hands with the neighbor seated on your right and on your left. As we join hands, let us also think about and sincerely unite in heart with all brothers and sisters from around the world, both those who are living and those who have passed. We are all members of one family under Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
Gently close your eyes and sit with your spine lengthening nice and tall, as if there is a golden ray of light starting from the base of your spine and pulling you up to the top of your crown. Take a deep breath. Inhale, and feel your belly expand; then exhale, and let go of all that does not serve you.
Take another deep breath. Inhale, and feel your belly and chest fill with oxygen; then exhale, letting go of carbon dioxide. Breath in, inhaling life, love, joy and peace, and breath out, exhaling all that no longer serves you.
Inhale, and feel your entire body awaken with Heavenly Parent’s divine gift of life, and, as you exhale, let go of all things that no longer serve this divine gift of life.
Breathe at your own pace. Notice the intelligence of the breathing process. We breathe in oxygen, nourishment, the energy to live, and we exhale and release carbon dioxide, along with other toxins and things that no longer serve life.
If we apply this universal intelligence to our spirit, we can begin to inhale true love, true joy, true peace, and let our divine light come into the focus in our mind. We can let go of all other things that do not serve this peace.
Imagine a glorious illuminating light at the crown of your head. Feel the loving warm glow of this light and let it embrace you in a blanket of comfort, love and peace. As you bask in this light, feel it move and glow even brighter at center of your heart. Feel eternal love and abundant joy emanate from your heart’s center.
While focusing on this glorious light, imagine this light glowing even brighter as we welcome, and visualize, True Father’s words:
With these words resonating in your mind, let your heart feel complete, free and liberated. Let that true love fill you with eternal joy and happiness. You are the “honored one”. The divine light of Heavenly Parent resides in you. Let this realm of resonance shine from your heart and into every other being here.
There is no division or boundary. We are all one, united. Feel your divine light fuel and nourish every other soul, and as you give love, feel the boundless love flow boundlessly in return, growing even greater resonance.
Let this great glowing divine love transcend the boundaries of earth and heaven, connecting with Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents’ divine light.
When you love, you are complete. Feel this warm blanket of light, love, freedom, and peace embrace and nourish each and every one of you. You are complete, you are free, you are Heavenly Parent’s divine light. Let it resonate eternally, joyfully, and in complete peace. AJU.
Now, gently open your eyes and feel the peace, love and joy complete you. How do you feel? Loved, happy, peaceful, and complete? What you focus on becomes your reality. This is the happiness True Mother wants you to truly know.
Because of True Parents’ victory, we can all be liberated in the completed testament age. Cheon Il Guk is here in your hearts, your divine light, and resonance.
Now please turn to each neighbor and give that brother or sister a big Hug! When we realize every being is a manifestation of Heavenly Parent’s divine love, and we harmonize and unify with that light, we shine brighter; we become happier; and we bring more joy to Heavenly Parent’s heart.
Let us sincerely continue to cultivate this heart of filial love, as we work to complete our mission to realize our Heavenly Parent’s, True Parents’, and the worldwide FFWPU’s dreams for the complete restoration of all life on earth and in heaven!
In their lifetime, True Parents have walked the earth, indemnified everything, given us salvation, grace and the Blessing.
You are Heavenly Parents’ true children. May we all join together, united as one family under Heavenly Parent, and fulfill this legacy of complete joy, True Love, harmony, and peace for all living beings.
May this new summer season bring all of you and your families abundant blessings, eternal love, joy, enlightenment, liberation and fulfillment!
True Parents love you and thank you for being their filial children. I know we can all be victorious! Aju!!
Let us all send Heavenly Parent and True Parents a big Salanghamnida!!! Kamsahamnida!!! Namaste!
Early Friday morning, the Cheongshim World Peace Center was busy with last minute checks and preparations for True Father’s Fourth Seonghwa Anniversary. With a full day of celebration, entertainment, and, most importantly, remembrance of our True Father ahead, Unificationists quickly filled up the stadium seats, eager to share this day together with our True Mother.
Dr. Michael Balcomb, President of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) USA commented before the festivities began, “I’m here on the floor of the World Peace Center as we begin to celebrate the Fourth Anniversary. The emcee is pumping up the crowd, and everyone is really excited, but at the same time, we’re thinking about these last four years and how much True Mother has done to bring us to this point where we can remember True Father but also have hope that his vision of a peaceful world is going to come to pass.”
Likewise, Crescentia DeGoede, Director of the Blessing and Family Ministry (BFM) in the United States, commented, “I am excited, waiting for the program to start. We’re looking forward to commemorating the Fourth Anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa. This morning we had the chance to attend the pledge service with True Mother. True Mother looked absolutely radiant, beautiful, and just so pleasant. Members of True Parents’ family were there and we really felt the family spirit. We’re looking forward for what’s to come and we hope everybody tunes in for a great program.”
The main event, officially titled the “Festival to Commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, the True Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind,” began in the morning and featured a commemorative address from International President of FFWPU, Sun Jin Moon.
“When I think of my father, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the image that is forever emblazoned in my mind is one of an indomitable force of true love. He crossed every border and boundary with principled compassion, generosity and an unchanging commitment to God’s Will. Nothing could stop him from practicing true love. For the past four years since my father’s ascension, my mother, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, has worked tirelessly to carry forward my father’s dream. This is no longer just a dream; it is emerging as a glorious reality. The seeds planted over the past decades are now bearing fruit. His legacy remains alive forever as long as we practice true love and come together as one family under our Heavenly Parent.”
A video commemorating True Father and his life’s work then played across an immense electric wall staged as a backdrop to all of the day’s activities, filling the stadium with beautiful images of our memories with True Father.
A special performance of True Parent’s favorite songs and a symbolic, musical montage honoring True Parents’ lives followed, at the end of which True Mother took to the stage and offered the main address of the day. The following is an excerpt from True Mother’s remarks:
“We have designated the world into 13 regions based on language. We are striving to establish world peace through national and tribal level messiahship. The International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was launched last February. Then the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace for the Asia-Oceania Region was launched in July in Nepal, and the West and Central-African Region was launched in August in Burkina Faso. At the same time, Peace Road 2016 was successfully held within 140 countries. This will be continued until its launching in Washington, D.C. in December. Today, 1,200 second- and third-generation Unificationists performed beautifully on the stage. They are our future leaders. Even though they use diverse languages and live in different environments, they can unite as one. I wish for this to be a time to determine and aspire to establish God’s dream of ‘One Family Under God’ on this 4th Anniversary of the Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon.”
True Mother also conveyed her determination to revive the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) in concert with ongoing development of the Cheon Il Guk Institute of the Arts and Sciences.
The morning’s activities concluded with three rousing cheers of Eog Mansei, led by Continental Chairman of FFWPU North America, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim. For lunch, everyone removed to different areas in the Cheongshim World Peace Center to participate in the “Food is Love” Bibimbap Festival. At many different stations throughout the stadium, festival attendees gathered around giant bowls of bibimbap—a traditional Korean dish filled with beef, red pepper paste, rice, and all kinds of delicious vegetables—to share food and fellowship together like one huge family.
Later in the afternoon, performers representing each continent took to the stage to participate in an international arts competition. Many famous singers came out to share their talent and their hearts during performances throughout the day. The Little Angles offered a lovely performance, as did Matt Hill, a young Unificationist from the United States; an incredibly talented dance group from Japan; and Insooni and Cho Hang Jo of Korea. First, second, third, and fourth place prizes of up to $30,000 USD will be awarded in the days to come, after Sun Jin Moon and the FFWPU continental directors have decided the winners of the competition.
“My personal highlight of the day was when Hyo Jin Moon’s two daughters came out and sang a song for True Parents with the Apple Heaven band,” said Shinyoung Chang of the FFWPU USA National Ministry Team. “To see the children of True Parents’ eldest son offering such a sweet expression of filial love brought up tears of gratitude and joy. True Mother leaned forward in her seat when her granddaughters came up onto the stage and swayed to the song; I can only imagine the joy and love she felt at that moment. When they finished their song, we could see True Mother applauding with enthusiasm.”
The two girls then sang a second song with Apple Heaven, “You are My Sunshine,” one of True Parents’ favorite songs, as it holds so much meaning for them. Everyone in the stadium—nearly 30,000 people—clapped along. The Cheongshim World Peace Center was filled with the exuberant sound of happy clapping, and attendees everywhere could be seen dancing in their seats.
After a short dinner break, event participants headed into the evening portion of the program: the Hyo Jeong Peace Festival and Hyo Jin Moon Music Festival. “It was like attending a huge rock concert with excellent performances by the Hyo Jin Moon Band and several of his children all evening,” said Shinyoung Chang. By the end of the performances, many of the Global Top Gun Youth Workshop participants had made their way to the front of the stage where they sang and clapped along to the music.
Here are some reflections from Unificationists’ experiences watching the program and festival via live broadcast:
“Once again, I was deeply moved and impressed with True Mother’s strength and wisdom as she leads the FFWPU worldwide to fulfill God’s Will on earth.”
-Richard Van Loon, California
“What a powerful event! I was crying throughout most of it, feeling the heart of love and grace of our True Parents, especially in the first part of the program. It was like being transported to heaven, truly like a spiritual experience. I was so moved also to see so many young people involved. No question, we have entered a new age where the heart of heaven can be revealed directly through art. I’m so deeply grateful to our True Mother, together with True Father in spirit, to lead us in this new and exciting phase of the providence. I’m also so inspired to hear from True Mother that we’ll revive ICUS. True Mother is always on target, no question about that! Thank you True Mother; True Father, I miss you so much, but I truly experienced your presence today. You are alive in each of these young people and each of us, with our deepest love and gratitude.”
-Pat Detlefsen, California
“Wow! What an amazingly beautiful festival! True Mother resurrected us to another level! The oneness of Heavenly Parent and True Parents was vivid! I felt the beautiful and uplifting spirit of True Mother. I was so touched when she started her message by saying ‘I love you.’ That was a precious moment. True Mother’s revival of ICUS is truly phenomenal and desperately needed: science from Heavenly Parent’s point of view. True Mother’s comments on the environment are a strong reminder of the third blessing in Genesis, and we need to take it seriously. We will do it, True Mother; we will do it, True Parents! We will accomplish Tribal Messiahship! We will take responsibility to reveal True Parents to the 7.3 billion people of the world and give them a chance to transform their lives! Thank you True Parents! We love you, too, and want to comfort and bring joy to your heart!”
-Denneze Nelson, New Jersey
“How important it is to attend and live with True Parents.”
-Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, New Jersey
“I liked being a part of this historic occasion by being connected via the live broadcast.”
-Irma Mas, Maryland
“All blessed families of the Unification Church should become one centering on True Parents on the fourth anniversary of True Father’s ascension….I hope it will be a festival at which we can all come together in harmony and solidarity.”
— True Mother
The Fourth Memorial of the Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, the True Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, will be commemorated throughout the day on August 19, 2016 (7.17 by the Heavenly Calendar) in Korea.
The theme of this year’s anniversary is “Become the Light of the World through a Filial Heart for Heaven.” This year’s commemorations will provide an opportunity for Unificationists and friends around the world to gather together to promote harmony and solidarity, as we strive to inherit the “Hyo Jeong culture,” based on True Parents’ tradition of filial piety before our Heavenly Parent, and to achieve Vision 2020.
On the morning of August 19, the commemorative Seonghwa services will begin at 9:30 a.m. KST (8:30pm EST on Thursday, August 18) at the Cheongshim World Peace Center.
After the “Unification and Harmony Bibimbap Festival,” a celebratory luncheon with entertainment for those in attendance in Korea, the Hyo Jeong Peace Festival will convene, featuring performances by the Little Angels at 2:00 p.m. (KST); international cultural performances of True Parents’ favorite songs at 3:30 p.m. (KST); the Festival to Spread True Parent’s Love at 5:00 p.m. (KST); and the Hyo Jeong/Hyo Jin Moon Music Festival from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (KST).
All live broadcasts will begin 30 minutes before the actual event in Korean Standard Time. For more details about accessing the broadcasts, please see the following instructions from PeaceTV.
Procedure for the Live Broadcast
Language services that will be provided for the live broadcast are Korean, Japanese, English, Spanish, and French.
To watch the live broadcast:
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少し前に映像で皆観たはずです。ヤンキースタジアム大会を記念して、ダン•フェファーマンが作詞作曲した歌(『The Day We Drove the Rain Away』)を聴きましたか？(「はい」)皆さん方が日常生活において、天の前に感謝する心で、時と場所を通して、感覚が来た時に、皆さん方が素質があるならば、音楽や作詞や作曲や、また絵で表現するのです。このような私たちは、これから高次元的な、世の中の名のある人たちが追いつき得ない、ついてこられないような、そのような人材たちが、私たちの中から、二世、三世圏から多く出てくることでしょう。拍手！それで、今回の聖和祝祭からは少し違う方式となるでしょう。この聖和節には、全世界の食口たちが、内的な、このような一つの心を集める、そのような記念日となることでしょう。
At the eYeon Ah Moon Meets with GTGYnd of a week of Divine Principle study, our middle and high school participants of the GTGYers gathered in the main lecture hall to greet Prof. Yeon Ah Moon on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The university students waited eagerly just outside the hall for their opportunity to interact with Yeon Ah Moon, too.
Yeon Ah Moon has a way of being very authentic and sincere in her sharing and is very honest about the reality of our movement today. It’s refreshing for the youth to hear her speak, and they are able to feel understood and cared for by a member of True Parents’ family.
At the beginning of our meetings together with her that day, Yeon Ah Moon asked what we would like to hear her speak about first. She set up a very relaxed and casual atmosphere, inviting us to get comfy, to stand if we wanted, and to keep in mind the donuts she had brought to share with us afterward.
Someone in the hall yelled out, asking her to please start by sharing some of the memories she has with True Parents. Yeon Ah Moon read a passage from True Father’s words and began sharing from there. Yeon Ah Moon reminded us that she, too, grew up as a second-generation Unificationist and offered us advice about developing a relationship with True Parents as people born into this movement.
“Just thinking about True Parents in your head will not help you understand them. You need to speak about them, share about them.”
She continued, “If you begin with the little things and develop this good habit of starting your day with True Parents, at first you have to try to do it and then it becomes something you just do—something automatic. Start your day like this everyday, with God and True Parents.
“The reason I encourage you to do Hoon Dok Hwe (scripture reading) like this is so you can experience God in your daily life.”
One of the participants commented that among the second generation of our movement, it can be hard to see positive things and that many of our peers are becoming distant. She asked how to best let those who are growing distant know about the heart of True Parents and the vision of our movement.
In response, Yeon Ah Moon spoke honestly about the opportunities to build greater love and unity across our movement, and commented, “I was grateful to receive the questions about your concerns for other seonghwa (middle and high school) students; that you care about them and how they are. Thank you. Just love them and be their friends and give to them. Support one another in the small things.”
She wanted to keep sharing with the seonghwa students and extended her time with them, but not long after that, the university students piled in to the lecture hall at 8:30 p.m., even though the seonghwa students had not yet left and Yeon Ah Moon had not yet finished speaking with them. Yeon Ah Moon had so much to share. Her heart is really that of an older sister who wants her siblings to connect to God and True Parents more deeply.
Once the university students had entered the room, Yeon Ah Moon began discussing the Blessing, the stages of the heart, and development of love.
“Please try to completely experience each stage of love so that when you become parents you can really love.
“I looked at love from a very secular perspective before. What about you? What do you think love is at first? Movies make love at first site look amazing; but reality is not like that. Can you imagine what it would have been like if Romeo and Juliet had not died?
“You need to have a vertical and a horizontal standard. You have to have give and take horizontally or it will all fall to the wayside.
“Empty yourself and forget any concept of ‘me’. It’s really hard, even for me, so I focus on something else, and then I can empty myself and let go of myself. Not completely because that’s very hard. But still, ‘How can invest myself entirely for the sake of others?’ is what I think about.”
Yeon Ah Moon concluded, “True Parents existed in the blueprint of creation. The word True Parents existed before creation. They began as the standard of creation. Then what is the wish of Heavenly Parent? It is True Parents: God-centered parents who can give and receive love unconditionally.
“True Parents really know our heart to attend them, so even when we make mistakes they understand our heart.”
At 11:00 p.m. and Yeon Ah Moon was still talking! The Japanese GTGYers heard she was here and joined us. There’s an excellent spirit, and everyone is still fully alert.
Before leaving, Yeon Ah Moon took photos with groups of 80 people at a time, always making it a point to say hello to everyone and to acknowledge each person. Her openness and love are incredible. Though it was so late, the night ended on a very high-energy note with participants running around the lecture hall in large circles, chanting the GTGY motto.
Here are some of the participant reflections after hearing Yeon Ah Moon speak:
“My favorite part of Yeon Ah-nim’s speech is when she talked about how, if we take interest in something we won’t forget it; so if we take interest more in God and True Parents, we won’t forget them. That really hit me because sometimes it’s easy, when you get busy in your daily life to put them aside; I really want to take more interest in them in the future.” — Yasunari Sakuma, Chicago, IL, USA
“My favorite highlight from Yeon Ah-nim’s talk was really hearing the heart of True Parents—hearing her perspective of where True Parents’ standpoint is. I’m really grateful that I could be here tonight to see Yeon Ah-nim talk. Thank you!” — Ilya Hack, Las Vegas, NV, USA
“I think the most important thing I was able to take away from Yeon Ah-nim’s speech was a new perspective about Moses’ life. I always thought of him as someone who was the most miserable man, but after hearing Yeon Ah-nim’s story about how a parent will feel about their children finally reaching their destination, and seeing them mature, grow, and truly surpass what they have overcome. I was so happy to hear this from her perspective.” — Mansoo Takeda, Boston, MA
“My favorite part of the speech was when Yeon Ah-nim told us about the favorite type of coffee that True Parents like to drink in the morning. True Father drinks coffee with milk and sugar and True Mother drinks black coffee. That’s the way that my husband and I drink our coffee as well!” — Rosia Schmidt, Sheboygan, WI, USA
“What I liked the most today in what Yeon Ah-nim said was that we should include Heavenly Parent in every thought in our lives and that when we wake up we should think about True Parents and Heavenly Parent first. That’s what inspired me and touched my heart.” — Anna, Netherlands
“I was really inspired about what Yeon Ah-nim said and now I really want to testify to True Parents, Heavenly Parent to the world and to my friends.” — Melanie, Switzerland
“The best part of Yeon Ah-nim-unni’s speech was when she said we should always have True Parents’ heart. Because True Parents have done so much for us as second generation—and True Mother now, at this age, is so tired—I think we really have to let her rest and go to the front line to help True Mother in the work of the providence. I feel it is our obligation as second generation to fulfill our responsibility and to give True Mother joy and to work hard. She’s aging, so it’s time for us to do our best and to give much effort to support True Mother in carrying out the work of the providence.
“Right now I have a lot of mixed emotions. I feel happy, I feel overwhelmed. I feel like I have so much to say, but I feel so happy that Yeon Ah-nim could be here, for being in this Top Gun workshop, for experiencing True Mother’s heart, and for being with my brothers and sisters. It’s really amazing and it gives me great joy to be here with my family members.” — Yuron Golio, Kenya
Be sure to follow what happens next as we enter our final week of the workshop!
Even when the path of the cross came to me unexpectedly, and even when that path drove me into difficult and despairing circumstances, I remained determined to go forward, renewing my resolve and renewing my hope.
11 I have been walking a long and arduous path alone, pioneering the mission of a forerunner. But I did not speak about it to others. My mission requires me to risk my life. Nevertheless I am not a lonely man. I do not need sympathy from you, either.
Actually, I am a happy person. Since God, the owner of the universe, recognizes me, I could be happy even through torture, when my tendons were cut, my flesh was torn and blood flowed from my torn flesh. I could be happy, because I knew the heart of God, who suffered more than I in order to send His Son on such a path. I was fighting to find the nation that would be able to embrace and comfort heaven. For that I could endure any torture, no matter how severe. Even when the path of the cross came to me unexpectedly, and even when that path drove me into difficult and despairing circumstances, I remained determined to go forward, renewing my resolve and renewing my hope. (065-091, 1972/11/13)
12 Looking at the trail of history until now, we see that the central figures of history are the ones who in their time surmounted suffering and fought unceasingly while never giving up hope for their nation and for the kingdom. Such people are the owners of history.
Saints and sages are the people who honored the will of heaven. They gave up any attachment to what the human world valued, and more than that, they changed its direction. They elevated the existing world to the world of hope by overcoming all the difficulties in their environment, even at the sacrifice of their lives. Hence, although their lives appeared to be miserable, all the pain and suffering they experienced internally became the motivating power that enabled them to connect the existing world to the world of joy.
The suffering path that God made the Unification Church walk until now was not for the purpose of bringing our church to ruin. On the contrary, its purpose was for the sake of God’s love. The Unification Church has been developing so that it can meet the spring of tomorrow and become a greater light to the world. (042-320, 1971/04/04)
~from Cham Bumo Gyeong: B7-2-3:11~12