Welcome to the Month of Might 172!
In this issue – How we Treat our Parents
How to Treat our Parents
The Master also dearly loved His devoted disciple, Juliet Thompson. In her diary she wrote about a visit with Him in New York City in November 1912. One day she wrote, ‘I had been very naughty with Mamma that day and had grieved her. My precious mother was brought up in luxury, lived in luxury until Papa died. She cannot get over her sensitiveness about our too-apparent poverty and she simply won’t have people to meals. I had begged her to make an exception of Mirza ‘Ali-Akbar, who was arriving at such an awkward hour, and to let me bring him back at lunch. But she wouldn’t hear of it. Whereupon I flew into a temper, told her what I thought of her “false pride”, and stamped out of the house.
‘Now, entering the Master’s house with the three Persians, instead of a welcome, I received a blow. The Master didn’t even look at me. ‘”How is your mother?” were His first words. “Is she happy?”
‘Then He told me to go straight back to her but to return the next day. I went back and comforted her with His rebuke to me.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 47)
Prayers for Parents
It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon God’s call will be raised: ‘Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!’ Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when communing with God. (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 94)
O Lord! In this Most Great Dispensation Thou dost accept the intercession of children in behalf of their parents. This is one of the special infinite bestowals of this Dispensation. Therefore, O Thou kind Lord, accept the request of this Thy servant at the threshold of Thy singleness and submerge his father in the ocean of Thy grace, because this son hath arisen to render Thee service and is exerting effort at all times in the pathway of Thy love, Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver and the Kind! (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 64)
Verily I ask God to augment for thee, every day, the light of guidance and His gift of virtue, comfort and ease. Thus thou mayest set a good example in that region; that He may lift up the veil from before the eyes of thy mother and father, so that they may witness the lights of the Kingdom of God, which have encompassed all regions. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 359)
Baha’i Prayer for Forgiveness for Parents
Featured Artist: Anthony Lohan
This month we feature Anthony Lohan, who has been called “the best independent singer-songwriter in Ontario (Canada). In 2013 he was named the winner of the “Great Canadian Song Search” for his song “Chosen”.
His music is soulful yet energetic and not easy to classify into a traditional genre. His music is as much about the notes he plays as those he doesn’t. He strives to create room for people to connect to his songs through his characteristically fearless lyrics, imaginative chord progressions, and haunting vocals.
To hear him singing “Mother Dearest”, a song was written for his mother, who died of cancer
Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details by Phyllis Edgerly Ring addresses such themes as parenting and family life, aging parents, death and more. It examines how we can come home to and live from the place of our highest nature, our own heart, in everything we do. It encourages watching for glimpses of our truest life –the spiritual one — in every day and moment. When we apply this kind of “first sight” to our interactions and surroundings, our mere efforts to see in this way help us feel happier, and inspire choices that advance happiness in the world around us.
Gayle Gonzalez-Johnson is a Social Worker and Psychotherapist who specializes in individual therapy and couples seeking help with their communication skills and numerous other relationship issues. Divorce counseling and support for post-relationship issues are commonly the focus of her therapy work, as is pre-marital counseling. She has a passion for working with parents of children of all ages, around parent-child relationships and around a variety of parenting issues. She regularly appeared as a guest on WRAL-TV Channel 5 News over a 7-year period offering parenting advice and expert opinions on various mental health issues.
Teaching Unity is a high-quality, low cost guide for parents and teachers with learning activities for ages 8-12. Filled with fun, hands-on, kid-tested learning activities, this easy-to-use curriculum guide is written in plain language and is designed for any level of educator from novice to experienced. It promotes understanding of the oneness of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity.
Teaching Unity was honored in 2013 as an IP Notable by Independent Publisher Magazine, which called it “a title of distinction…As important as the ABCs and the 123s.” And in May 2014, Teaching Unity was named a Finalist in the Education/Academic category for both the Next Generation Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. The book was also highlighted in the Fall 2014 edition of Skipping Stones – the award-winning multicultural literary magazine.
This easy-to-use curriculum package contains a treasure trove of materials focusing on Unity, Diversity, Skin Color and Overcoming Prejudice. The package includes: * Our 300-page teacher’s guide with step-by-step lesson plans * Four colorful PowerPoint programs for use with children * Printable student handouts * Craft patterns and instructions * Over 70 full-page color photos designed to accompany the lessons * Detailed plans for organizing a children’s performance * Editable event fliers, registration forms and programs * A two-page article for parents and teachers on Overcoming Prejudice These items are available as free downloads with your purchase of the book. (See download instructions on the title page.) The book is filled with fun, hands-on, kid-tested learning activities. It includes warm-ups, demonstrations, readings, crafts, songs, felt lessons, role plays, discussion starters, memory quotes, puzzles, poems, worksheets, research projects, outdoor games, plans for a weeklong Unity Camp, and much more. The lessons are ideal for academic classes, after-school clubs, Saturday or Sunday schools, weekend retreats and summer camps. Teaching Unity supports the new Common Core educational standards across multiple subjects and grade levels, and incorporates Marzano’s nine high-yield classroom strategies throughout the book. Its purpose is to help prepare our children to live as citizens in a global society—recognizing our interdependence, respectful of our differences, and working together towards a more prosperous and peaceful world.
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