Articles by " Diane"
8 Apr
2013
‘Abdu’l-Bahá and laughter

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and laughter

When we think of the Master as the perfect example, we usually think of virtues like love, generosity, patience, etc…   But what do we make of the following account? One day in the Holy Land He told Harlan Ober, an […]

8 Mar
2013
‘Abdu’l-Bahá and fasting

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and fasting

The Fast (2-20 March) is a very special time of the year for Bahá’ís, during which we do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.  However, the significance of this period goes beyond the giving up of physical nourishment, […]

20 Dec
2012
Biography: Marion Jack

Biography: Marion Jack

I grew up hearing the story of “General Jack” – the name ‘Abdu’l-Bahá used to call Marion Jack — and how, at the end of her life and in spite of the danger of living in Bulgaria during the Second […]

19 Oct
2012
Biography: Phoebe Hearst

Biography: Phoebe Hearst

When I visited the House of Abdullah Pashá in ‘Akká as a pilgrim, I reflected on the importance of that first group of pilgrims from the West who were the guests of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in that beautiful house. It was a […]

20 Aug
2012
Biography: Fred Mortensen

Biography: Fred Mortensen

On the night of August 20th 1912, a man covered from head to foot with soot arrived at Green Acre hoping for an opportunity to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; his name was Fred Mortensen. His story is an example of how a […]

29 Jun
2012
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Unity Feast in Englewood

Unity Feast in Englewood

While getting ready for my first nineteen day feast in my new hometown, I thought of the Unity feast in held Englewood on June 29th, 1912. I can only imagine how the friends must have felt when preparing themselves for […]

23 Jun
2012
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The Springtime of Manifestation

The Springtime of Manifestation

The reality of the Manifestations of God is one of the recurrent themes in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks to the West. After reading His talk of June 23rd, I remembered several conversations I had regarding this topic, and how often I heard […]

12 May
2012
Talk to the International Peace Forum

Talk to the International Peace Forum

World Peace is defined as “an idea of planetary non-violence by which nations willingly cooperate, either voluntarily or by virtue of a system of governance that prevents warfare”. How narrow is our vision of such a noble goal, the mission […]

1 May
2012
Dedication of the Mother Temple of the West

Dedication of the Mother Temple of the West

A hundred years ago on May 1st, “‘Abdu’l-Bahá, standing before an audience several hundred strong, lifted a workman’s axe and pierced the turf covering the Temple site at Grosse Pointe, north of Chicago”. This day was extremely important for the […]

23 Apr
2012
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The Sinking of the Titanic

The Sinking of the Titanic

Within the last few days a terrible event has happened in the world, an event saddening to every heart and grieving every spirit. I refer to the Titanic disaster, in which many of our fellow human beings were drowned, a […]