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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.)

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