Human Beings of Peace

Source: Jornal de Brasília newspaper, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 edition | Updated in 2017.
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Gandhi, Allan Kardec, and Saint Francis of Assisi

Due to the relevance of their contributions to us, I want to talk to you again about three significant figures of Humanity who are celebrated in early October: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), on the 2nd; Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, better known as Allan Kardec (1804-1869), on the 3rd; and Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), Il poverello, on the 4th; the latter is the patron of the Legion of Good Will (LGW). Each one, in their time and field of action, knew how to work hard in favor of Peace. Gandhi, an Indian lawyer, led the liberation of his people, preaching non-violence; Kardec, a French educator, codified the science of the Spirits for human rationale; Saint Francis of Assisi, a young Italian idealist, shared universal love with all the kingdoms of Nature.

They represent a great deal of what the world is so much lacking in: diplomatic perseverance in the general good, higher spirituality in daily actions, and complete charity that respects and protects without distinction. Let us learn the lessons they left us.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”