1932-04-14 passing through difficult times
USBN #64 - July 1932 - page 4
"He (Shoghi Effendi) was very sorry to learn that you are passing through
difficult times, but such seems to be the fate of every single person on the
surface of the earth at the present time. When such a crisis sweeps over the world
no person should hope to remain intact. We belong to an organic unit and when one
part of the organism suffers all the rest of the body will feel its consequences.
This is in fact the reason why Baha'u'llah calls our attention to the unity of
mankind. But as Baha'is we should not let such hardships weaken our hope in the
future. Read the last general letter of Shoghi Effendi ("The Golden Age of the
Cause of Baha'u'llah") and see the description of the future which he has tried to
put before our eyes. We may be suffering at present but that will soon cease and
glorious days will dawn.
"In all such matters as you mention in your letter, Shoghi Effendi wishes
the friends to take the Assemblies into their confidence and discuss it with them.
Being on the spot they can judge better and take into consideration all the
different aspects of the problem. We should always trust the Assemblies and go to
them for advice. Our debts, however, should be considered as sacred and take
precedence over any other thing (i.e., payment of debts comes before contributions
to the Cause) for upon this principle does the foundation of our economic life
rest. (To a Baha'i family of Kenosha, through Ruhi Afnan, April 14, 1932.)