True Parents’ Birthday

True Parents’ Birthday

Sun Myung Moon
February 25, 1985
Excerpts
Noon Speech at Belvedere
Translator: Bo Hi Pak

As you know, I am a totally free man, but because of the circumstances of my environment there are many limitations upon my freedom. If someone asked me, “Looking back upon your life, did you live according to your own will?” It would be very difficult for me to answer whether I lived by my own will or whether I was under the pressure of someone else’s will. What do you think? Do you think that I have lived my life entirely according to my own will?

The Original and the Restorational Will Of God
There are two different aspects of God’s will. First of all, there is the original will of God; the will before the human fall took place. The other aspect of God’s will is what we call the restorational will of God, which arose only after the fall of man. Which one do you think God has been living by — the first or the second? Certainly, He has been living according to the second. When a person seeks to follow God’s restorational, circumstantial will, can there be any room for the person to do things according to his or her own desire or whim? You answer “No” correctly, so you are very clever.

What kind of a life is it when you are living for the purpose of paying indemnity for restoration, without true freedom? Do you think that a very beautiful woman would be able to live her entire life according to her own whims, doing everything she might want to do? The answer is clearly no, but there is a serious issue involved in that question. Suppose you were the husband of a beautiful, loving wife. How much do you think you would be able to freely express the depth of your love and do everything you want to do with your wife? Let’s say that each spouse is calling out to the other, “Come to me.” Do you think that they could always drop everything and go, especially considering the circumstances of society today?

Let us ask another serious question. How many people in the world have understood that God’s will has had to be divided into two kinds, before and after the fall of man? No one understood this. Therefore it is obvious that without a person who is capable of interpreting these different aspects of God’s will, there is no way we can expect the will of God to be done on earth. If no one even understands God’s will, how can that will be done?

Do you think that Adam knew completely, after his fallen action, what he had done wrong or what wrong had been done to God’s plan for future history? How about Cain and Abel? Do you think that Abel knew God’s will precisely? Noah was a faithful and obedient man, but did he know completely what God was doing? What about Abraham? He didn’t know God’s will precisely. Neither did Jacob, Moses, or John the Baptist. What about Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus knew God’s will? Yes, he did. Then why didn’t he tell the world everything he knew? Certainly, the people of his time wouldn’t listen very respectfully to him, but he knew that he was speaking to history and that if he spoke the plain truth then the people of the future could receive it, eventually. If he had spoken the plain truth, fully, Christianity would never have become as confused as it has and the world situation could never have fallen down to its present level. The Christian nation of America would not be so morally corrupt as it is today.

Did Jesus know the will of God completely? Let us make it very clear. If he did not know, how could he have fulfilled God’s will? He came as the Messiah, to fulfill the will of God, so if he didn’t know God’s will, how could he possibly accomplish that? The problem is, even if we know the will of God completely — including every point along the way and God’s timetable — still it is not easy to fulfill. So many things can go wrong. But if there is no clear understanding of the will of God from the beginning, then it is virtually impossible.

Jesus as the Messiah must have known God’s will, but there must have been some reason why he couldn’t tell the whole truth. You say he didn’t have the foundation, but what kind of foundation? The crucial point is this: Although the foundation is very important, the direct son and daughter of God must be in the position to not only know the will of God but also to fulfill it.

When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were created to fulfill God’s purpose of creation. That purpose was to be fulfilled when Adam and Eve became husband and wife — but what kind of husband and wife? They were to be a true man and a true woman, united in the perfection of their love. This means that man and woman are to be completely one, harmonized in every direction — vertically, horizontally, front, and back. How? True love is the power by which we can bring about total oneness, total harmony, total unification.

The kind of oneness we are talking about has a certain orderliness or logic to it. All the components have their own positions, as in the body, where the head is in the head’s position, and the arm stays in the arm’s position and doesn’t try to take the leg’s position, or vice versa. There must be a certain order, and according to that order proper harmony and unification occur. God had a certain concept of order, so when He created Adam and Eve He didn’t tell them that anything at all they wanted to do was just fine. There was a certain discipline, a certain order they had to follow to do His will. This is why God gave the commandment to Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Adam and Eve were given the opportunity to learn how to become the lord and mistress of creation; to have a good dominion dyer the earth. Thus they had to know all about the creation. Without going through this educational process, they could not take their position of dominion.

The true person is, first of all, centered upon God; furthermore, he or she is centered upon love and in that way becomes one, forever, for eternity. So what is the first component of a true man or woman? God. Next, love. Then, absolute unity. It’s simple!

The Most Crucial Question
The next question is, as you might expect, are you true men and women? The definition of a true man and woman is rather simple; the truth is always simple. The problem is always how to live and fulfill it. In the morning you get up and go to work, thinking, “I want to live as a true person.” But that effort is an enormous challenge isn’t it? And it is always very serious. Who should become a true person? Everyone. The most crucial question people have had throughout history has been how to become true human beings. Once this question is answered, all other questions can be solved. What about your own ancestors — did they want to become true men and women? What about your descendants? Of course they will want to become true men and women. Thus this is a serious issue.

Will we become true men and women only after we die and go to heaven, or will we do it on earth? What about Jesus — was he a true man? How do you know he was? The true man must be filled with true love. With that love he is inspired to unify others, to unite all of humanity. We know that Jesus came in the position of the second Adam. Thus he needed someone to be in the position of second Eve. Did he find his Eve in his time?

Did God create true man for his sake alone, or to serve true woman? Man was created for the purpose of service to woman. Thus the woman will see the man and know, “This is the man who is going to love me forever; I know he will not leave me but will always be with me, centered upon God and true love.” She will testify to him: “You are my ideal man. You will never change. I know you will maintain your purity and unselfishness.”

The man will look at that woman and will see beyond the externals of face and so forth, and will recognize that she has purity of love, the unchanging quality and desire to serve with joy. He can see that she is going to remain with him forever and that they will be one for eternity, centered upon God.

The man is the one who gives certification that the woman is a true woman; the woman is the one who certifies that the man is a true man. And when they are united, only then does God become a reality. It is that simple. That is the whole gospel.

No Model to Present
But we come back to the important question: Why didn’t Jesus tell us the whole, unvarnished truth? He knew the whole truth and he was in the position to tell the world, but he couldn’t tell the world. Why? It is because there was no model for him to present. He was not able to make the model, the living textbook; he couldn’t give the formula. That is why. Jesus knew the truth but he could not fulfill it, so he could not speak of it. He could not leave behind him the tradition of true man and woman. He had to fulfill certain stages, certain steps of that truth before he could speak of it.

That is why the only alternative left to Jesus was to come again. By the very fact that he said, “I must return,” you can see that he was the Messiah. It shows that he knew the truth, but he also knew he could not fulfill it in his own time. It is realistic that when he comes again, he will seek his own bride, to accomplish the Marriage of the Lamb. Jesus was indeed the Messiah, qualified as the son of God, without question. His qualifications were absolute. But he could not complete all he had come to do.

When Jesus comes again, first he must become a true man himself; furthermore, he must find and restore a true woman. They must unite together in the unbreakable bond of true love. At that point God will say, “My will is fulfilled.” The model will have been given for all humankind to follow. Thus Jesus must have a woman and that woman must be in the position to say, “Jesus, my husband, is an ideal man. He is a man of true love.” That particular statement must be uttered by a woman. Jesus must also be in the position to say the same about his wife. Then God will say, “That is indeed my son and my daughter, united together.”

How would they become one in love? First of all, the man and woman must each become the embodiment of the love of God so that God’s love is burning within them. When you are burning with that love, you cannot sit idle. The man and woman are so completely united that when God is in between them, He will be absolutely crushed. When God shouts out in joy, that will be the fulfillment.

Men and women have the nature to embrace each other and become one. But the problem has always been that they did not have God within them. Suppose two beauty queens are hugging each other, expressing intimate love between them. Is that natural? If other people see such a thing, they are repulsed and look away. The skin of one beauty queen might be milky white and soft. When such skin rubs against another soft woman’s skin, that is unimaginable. It is almost as if God had created everyone with soft bones, just like the flesh. Think of it! That would be very strange. Is there any woman who desires a husband who is boneless? Naturally you women are opposed to a soft, boneless man.

What kind of man do you want? You like a man with a lot of muscle, with strong bones, and lots of hair. When his strong hand grabs yours, your hand just melts inside of it. That is the way nature is; that is the blueprint of God. Men and women are supposed to be different. Some American women are saying, “We want to be in the bone position. Let the men become the soft flesh.” Today America is suffering from terrible confusion; people don’t know which side is up. There is no understanding of right order, subject and object, or who takes initiative and who is responsive. What about you American Unification women, are you different?

In America, many women pull the men around behind them and the men just follow timidly. I have never seen so many boneless men as in America — “Yes, dear, whatever you say.” Do you women like that kind of man? If you women don’t change that trend, there can be nothing but darkness for the future of this country. America will not survive. There must be God’s order and sequence, a certain discipline. We must maintain that discipline.

How Expensive Was The Blessing?
Those who have been blessed, raise your hands please. Who gave you the Blessing? How expensive was that Blessing? It is beyond price, and you cannot exchange it for the entire world. Sometimes I feel regret for having given the Blessing. I want you to know why I have given you the Blessing. It was so that you could become true men and women, uniting as exemplary husbands and wives and model families in the sight of God.

Thus no one has the right to say, “I do not like that type of person for my spouse. Even though Father gave the Blessing to us, I don’t really see its value.” Who made the decision to bless you, God or you? There is no room for such self-centered, horizontal thinking. In order to make even one heavenly matching possible, martyrdom and suffering had to be endured for 2,000 years of Christian history. Although human history is represented in the Bible as 6,000 years, scientifically it is closer to many millions of years. All of this time, God has been seeking to bring about His one day of fulfillment, the day of true marriage between men and women. That is the historical, critical importance of the Blessing.

Don’t you think Jesus Christ wanted to be able to give the Blessing to his own disciples? He wanted to, but he could not.

Thus in religious history, marriage was mostly frowned upon. Celibacy was always elevated as the most noble way of life. Only within the Unification Church, in the name of the True Parents, do we perceive true marriage as the culmination of human history.

What is the meaning of the word “unification”? It means the uniting of the love of God with the love of husband and wife and the love of humanity. This is why the word unification was adopted for our church. When you join the Unification Church and accept the teachings, how do you look at Rev. and Mrs. Moon? They are the True Parents to you. No religion before has ever spoken about the True Parents. What are the True Parents? The True Parents are the fulfillment of the will of God; the fulfillment of the unification of the love of God. That is why the True Parents’ coming is so historically important.

But you do not know the real implication of the words “True Parents.” You do not know how long, how hard the path has been to come to the point where those words could be spoken. Behind the words “True Parents” and “unification” there is a hidden history of suffering which you have not known about. Only upon the victory in the ultimate showdown with the satanic world could the word “unification” become a reality.

Place of Showdown between Heaven and Earth
You also do not know how much heaven and earth have already changed in the last seven months since I have been at Danbury. I want you to know that I am not at Danbury for a vacation. That is the place of the showdown between heaven and earth and I have been working harder than ever there. The power of evil has been steadily declining during this time, while the power of goodness has been going up. Eastern civilization has been moving upwards and Western civilization has been harmonizing and unifying with the East.

There are so many people who are changing their attitudes toward the Unification Church. People who were our ardent enemies, many leaders of the academic and religious communities, have come to visit me in Danbury. In many cases the first words they spoke were, “Rev. Moon, on behalf of my government, I apologize. I am ready to listen to you. I want to do your bidding. You are a great man. You are serving our country, preserving our religious freedom, and protecting us from the dangers of communism.” One leader after another has spoken like this before me and Mother. The prison is the place for plain talk. I simply spoke the naked truth to them and said, “Do you agree with this or not? Will you do it, or not? Everybody, even some important men, pledged in front of me, using the word “pledge.” “I pledge before you, Rev. Moon.”

God certainly works in mysterious ways. If I had never gone to Danbury, these kinds of men would never have come to see me in the first place; in the second place, they would not have humbled themselves; and in the third place, they would not have pledged themselves. Do you understand? This kind of miracle is happening every day.

This first thing I did after going to Danbury was to ask Rev. Kwak to send out video tapes to 300,000 ministers — “God’s Warning to the World.” I feel very good because that is all done now; that was an incredible operation. If you study biblical history, you will see that some of the greatest things happened when people were in prison. Much of the New Testament was written by people in prison, such as St. Paul. The videotapes were my message sent from the prison.

Highway to Heaven
Today I am feeling fulfilled. Earlier this morning, I prayed for a long time with Mother at pledge service. In that prayer, I asked God to give me the opportunity to create a broad highway to heaven here on the earth, so that anybody who got on that highway could go to heaven. This is a hellish world and prison is one of the worst places on earth. The prison represents hell on earth and from that place I am creating a highway all the way to heaven so anybody can reach it.

When the Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, Moses sent twelve representatives to infiltrate Canaan and reconnoiter. Ten of them came back and said it was impossible to win the land. The people despaired and wanted to return to Egypt. Joshua and Caleb alone said, “If the Lord delights in us, He will bring us into the land and give it to us… only, do not rebel against the Lord.” God blessed their faith and they were the only ones of the first generation to enter Canaan. All the rest perished in the wilderness. It is the same today. This is the end of our 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The final three-year crusade has begun. Who will be the present-day Joshua and Caleb?

The members of the Unification Church today, every one of you, are to be the modern-day Joshuas and Calebs. You are in the position to tell the people “Be bold and strong.” That is going to be our motto: Be bold and strong. This is wartime, so you Unification Church members cannot be shaken. You cannot become fearful or restless. You mustn’t say, “I want to forget my mission. I have to go back home and take care of my father’s business.” Or, “My uncle has just died; I must go and bury him.” Our work is too important.

Now that 300,000 ministers have received the Principle videotape and book, every day they will be more and more motivated to look at it, even secretly. All the ministers now are in a very good position. When you shout out, “Let’s go to the land of Canaan!” all they have to say is “Amen!” They can follow and we can all enter that land of Canaan together.

Now you know why Jesus, even though he was the Messiah and knew the will of God, could not tell the truth precisely. What about the message that Rev. Sun Myung Moon has been speaking during these past four decades? Is that a more complete disclosure than what the Bible has revealed? Jesus was capable of giving that, but he did not have the momentum or the time. How could I do it? It is because I am capable of creating my own environment. Furthermore, this period in history is a more universal time. We are working on the worldwide level; at the time of Jesus, the work was on the national stage.

I want you to understand that this is the crucial time in the history of religion. God’s hope is always universal, so He is always trying to create momentum for the worldwide dispensation. There was only one time in human history when the worldwide environment was ripe, and that was at the close of World War II. At that time, the churches in Korea were divided into Cain and Abel sides.

One part of the church was underground — those who, because of the Japanese occupation, had had to worship the true God secretly in order to survive. But there was also another part of the church which cooperated with the Japanese in order to survive. I was a member of the underground church. At the end of World War II, I tried to educate several key political leaders. If they had listened to me at that time, the world situation today would be entirely different. The dispensation has always required unity between Cain and Abel. At that time, the established Christian churches were in Cain position to the underground movement, which was in the Abel position. They were supposed to unite together.

The division between the first Cain and Abel of history began because of the failure of their parents, Adam and Eve. After the fall of Adam and Eve, the situation of Cain and Abel came about on the family level. But that Cain and Abel relationship has grown to the clan, tribe, national, and worldwide levels. World War II was the worldwide struggle between Cain and Abel. Actually, in the sight of God, that was the Armageddon described in the book of Revelation. According to the dispensational time schedule the work of uniting with the worldwide Abel should have begun when I was between the ages of 20 and 30. Within the Abel camp, there is always another level of Cain and Abel. Thus I had to win the Cain camps within the Abel side, one by one, and unite them into the larger Abel camp. If that had been successful — that is, if the established Christian churches had united with and accepted the ideal of the True Parents at that time — there would have been no condition for communism to take over so much of the world.

But what happened? Within the Abel camp, established Christianity never responded to the Unification Church. I was rejected everywhere I went. That is why that tine was a total failure. Originally God had expected that the circumstances and environment would allow me to be welcomed everywhere. Thus since that foundation was shattered, I had to go out into the wilderness for 40 years, where I had to gather up the remnants of people who would follow. I had to build up my own foundation, starting from the family level and going on to the tribe, nation, and world. That was done by pulling Abel-type remnants into our camp in the wilderness.

Ideology of Love
Our world today is divided into three main components: the free world, the communist world, and the Unificationist world. Both the free world and the communist world have treated me as their enemy. We are in between these two other camps, so we have two possible destinies: They will either crush us between them or we will push them away. Which will it be? The most important thing is that, since we are at the center, we must remain like a rock, not moving one iota to the left or to the right.

Our great weapon is ideology: a worldview centered upon God. It is an ideology of love — Godism. When the two camps are trying to squash us from both sides, should we run for cover, or push ourselves harder than ever? Would you like to use every ounce of; our energy to push the enemy away, or just do it in a half-hearted way?

Who is your model for this fight? I have been called every bad name and have received every form of persecution in America, but I have never faltered at all. Finally I went to prison but I began a new fight, with renewed vigor, once I got there. I have not relaxed one bit in prison. I have been fighting for 40 years. I spent these past 40 years, since the liberation of Korea in 1945, in the wilderness pursuing this battle, and now the time has come for the consummation. Moses, after his 40 years of struggle in the wilderness, was not able to enter into Canaan; he could only look upon it and then he died in the wilderness. However, Rev. Moon will not falter outside of Canaan. He will move forward, like Joshua and Caleb, into the land of Canaan, and finish the task of building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

I was totally abused in America, although I came here to save this country. They put me in the clothes of a criminal and put me in jail. It is all right for them to do that, but they must pay the price. The Danbury camp is no jail for me; those doors do not shut me in. From Danbury hill the rays of salvation will shine out to the world; the new gospel will be heard by all of humanity. God works in mysterious ways. He has a new strategy; God will make gains under any circumstances. God is the victor, even in Danbury.

This is the year of our declaration, and so the CAUSA members prepared the CAUSA Manifesto on Godism for the recent International Security Council conference sponsored by CAUSA in Paris. About 120 admirals and generals from all six continents attended that conference.

The Communist Manifesto proclaimed, “Workers of the world unite.” Now Rev. Moon has declared to the world, “Believers of the world unite.” I asked that the following words be put in the final sentence of that proclamation: “In the name of God, we commit our lives and our sacred honor to the accomplishment of this noble imperative.” There is a separate page upon which participants signed the proclamation. If those retired generals and admirals have committed their lives to fight against communism, how can you not do it also?

Each of you must decide. I do not want to decide for you. It is your life, after all. I made my own decision for my life, so you must do the same.

I will not remain in the United States all the time. I came to America for the sake of the world; soon I can go back to Korea, my home, to save my own country. Of course, I will leave behind millions of people in America who have committed their lives as I have. But I cannot abandon Korea much longer; I will soon go back. The time will come for you to lose your Moses. But he has to go Moses’ course and fulfill his destiny. Moses has a mission to accomplish. But I will not leave this country until such time as new heavenly soldiers, such as those generals and admirals, are dedicated to guiding America to save the world. That is the foundation I now am building; I will fulfill that mission before I leave here.

We must be responsible for this world — do you feel that to the bone? You haven’t known my strategy. Everything has been worked out. I have initiated 250 IOWC’s around the country, moving around from state to state, and now they are settling down. They are becoming the fortresses of our movement, linking us to the Christian churches.

During my legal battle and my time in prison we have been educating many ministers, each of whom is encouraged to contact ten other ministers. Our social work has burgeoned. You didn’t know why I asked you to do the things I did. Even now you don’t know many of the things I am doing. Therefore, don’t say, “I need to know everything before I can act,” because then you will never do anything. Just move, then find out. We are going to link things on a worldwide basis. The PWPA, a fine intellectual organization, is active in nearly every country. Also we have the World Media Organization, which we will link up internationally. Paragon House and a new magazine will also play an important role in world education.

This is, in a way, our heavenly cultural revolution on the worldwide level. You didn’t realize this. You must just listen to what I say, follow the guidance I give you, and pray hard, crying out to God. In the meantime, everything will be accomplished, step by step. Go out to meet the ministers. Sometimes they will treat you with scorn. But then you must cry more and go out again. Continue no matter what. It is most exciting to turn around those ministers who were opposed to you. You feel such a great sense of triumph. America is a tremendous challenge; I therefore feel great excitement at the prospect of taming this country and turning it around. That is manly work. All you men should harbor that kind of ambition. You women have the job of being the “cheerleaders” — supporting and applauding the men as they go out to fight. When the men are defeated, you have to cry to heaven.

True Father-Son Unity
You say you commit your lives. For what mission? For the sake of God and humanity. My mission is the same — all that I do is for God and humanity. This is because Satan is holding humanity. Noah decided to make that kind of commitment. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own beloved son for the sake of God’s will. The beauty of that sacrifice was the obedience of Isaac, who never rebelled, but accepted his fate at the hands of his father. Through this true father-son unity in faith, Abraham was given the honor of becoming the father of faith.

Suppose Isaac had done differently and cried, “Dad, what are you trying to do to me? Why can’t you just kill a lamb? How can you be so cruel?” and had run away. Then Abraham’s family would never have established the central family of faith. Jacob risked his life for his mission, working for 21 hard years in Haran, and fighting the angel at the ford of Jabbok. Moses risked his life every day in the wilderness. God always works with people who commit their lives.

John the Baptist stuck his neck out, initially. What about Jesus? Did he risk his life? He gave his life. Today Rev. Moon is risking his life, and that is why God cannot leave me. God is always working with me. I have been in six different jails. All together I have spent five years of my life in jails.

March to Moscow
In 1976, I proclaimed our march toward Moscow and the world laughed. But I had already decided that even if I must lose my life in Moscow, I would march there. I want you to know that at this moment, your brothers and sisters are working underground in Moscow. Some of them are in prison right now. How can I reject the road to prison when my young people are suffering in jail themselves? One time I received the message that a member was sentenced to be executed at a particular time on a certain day. When that hour came, I solemnly prayed and remembered that person in tears. I pledged to God, “With my own hands I shall liberate Moscow.” I prayed for that brother, and told him spiritually, “Be bold and strong. Fear not for your death. When I come to liberate your country I shall recover your body and bring it to Korea. I declare that there you will be buried in the same ground as the True Parents.”

The Unification Church is not a fun place. If anybody has been mistreated, it is I; so I could be very cruel in return. But in the name of God, I have decided to forgive and love all the more in return. We have missionaries in communist countries, and I am opening doors to those countries through professors and so forth. Many people never even thought about such things. But while people were eating well and sleeping and pursuing their own interests, I have been working on all these things. The very stones at Belvedere could speak more than you about why have I shed so many tears at the Holy Rock.

The Greatest Birthday Gift
American youth may not realize much now, but I will awaken them. I want to give clear guidance to the young people of America, even though I have to suffer in prison. I do not regret having stayed in this country, for I have mapped the proper direction for America.

You cannot give me any greater birthday gift than if even one hundred of you will make up your minds and say, “I shall follow Father’s path precisely. I will walk this way unto my life for the sake of the other countries of this world. As Father has worked for America, so I will work for the world.” If you American young people can come to that realization and commitment, then America will truly save the world. Humanity will survive and prosper.

That is God’s way, not only Reverend Moon’s way; therefore, you will never perish by following it. You will prosper. For that reason, I am asking you to raise your hands in pledge.

When Mr. Kamiyama was staying with me in prison, I educated him with certain information and understanding that even the 36 blessed couples never heard, because I could not know what sort of dangers might be near. I told the whole truth to Mr. Kamiyama.

Unity between Heaven and Earth
A very serious ceremony was held at pledge service this morning. I prayed for the unity between heaven and earth. I prayed for a highway to be established between hell and heaven, so that we can achieve the total unification of humanity in the name of God and His true love. In January I gave you the goal of meeting with 120 ministers. Now you have to do it. Run after it and accomplish that goal. Will you do it?

The title of this sermon was “True Parents’ Birthday.” We do not have much more time today, since I have many things to accomplish before I leave. We don’t know when we will see each other again, but it doesn’t really matter. You have received the message; you know your responsibility. I trust that each one of you will do it. God is alive. God wants to live with each one of you. You must think, “The living God is with me.” Say it aloud: “God is alive! He is dwelling with me!” Therefore, be willing to do anything. Raise your hands and say, “Yes, Father!” God bless you.

Let us pray.

Prayer
Beloved Father,

In the ongoing flow of time, how long, how long has the providence of restoration been, which You alone have known about, as You eagerly awaited the time of fulfillment. Recalling the unrevealed story of past history, this son can only offer himself in tears, committing himself to fulfill his mission at the risk of his life. Since Your son understands how miserable and sorrowful You have been and how unfairly You have been treated, he only wishes that Your true circumstances can be revealed before the public.

Father, although there have been times when he could only retreat because he was pushed away, Your son thanks You for guiding him into the era when he can stand on the summit of the world, and can be directly involved in discussing the world situation with leaders and deciding the destiny of humankind.

Now, Father, You are watching Your son continue his path after he has climbed over one great hill. He prays that You would be proud of him who walks his way with boldness, without any reservation in his heart.

Please have compassion with people in Danbury, and bless those who are now thinking of me there. Please also bestow Your blessings upon these young children of Yours here, whom I must now leave behind.

As we pledged this morning to fulfill the mission of leading the destiny of America and the entire free world, then wherever these people go, whatever they do, I pray that You protect them by mobilizing their good ancestors and other good spirits in spirit world.

I pray for all these things in the Name of True Parents.

Amen.