The Noble Destination of a Crystal

June 1, 1989, marks the day on which the Sacred Crystal was placed on the pinnacle of the Temple of Good Will (TGW), one of the Seven Wonders of Brasília (Brazil), a few months before it was inaugurated on October 21. The idea of having a stone at the apex of the monument was in the plans from the outset. It would bring sunlight into the Seven-faced Pyramid, lightening up its rooms and promoting chromotherapy, as so many people claim. The days passed quickly and no stone appeared that was of appropriate size to grace the place it was destined for.

God’s Designs

How could this impasse be resolved? God’s Designs had the solution to this difficult undertaking. On March 16 of that year, on my return from Brasília, where I was following closely the construction work of the Temple of Peace—as the TGW is also known—I happened to see a TV news report.

José Gonçalo

Here is what happened: I was in my office in São Paulo (Brazil) late at night. I turned on the TV to watch the former television channel TV Manchete. The news was already half over. What happened then? I saw the stone very quickly and heard people saying it was the largest pure crystal in the world. I immediately called the esteemed Haroldo Rocha, who at the time was responsible for the LGW in Brasília, and said: “Haroldo, I just saw this report on TV Manchete. Go and get that stone, please. If you don’t bring it with you (and I laughed hard), don’t even bother coming back. So come back, but bring it with you, because that is what we are looking for.” By next morning, articles on the subject were already in the media spotlight.

Marcelo Bertolin

The late Legionnaire Onivaldo Bosso (L) and the engineer and architect R. R. Roberto, who was responsible for the design and construction of the architectural complex that makes up the TGW and the World Parliament of the Ecumenical Fraternity, the LGW’s ParlaMundi.

So Haroldo went to Cristalina (Brazil), where he spent the whole day. There were a lot of foreigners there. Everyone wanted that big piece of quartz. He patiently waited for his turn and at the end of the afternoon he was able to talk to the miner Chico Jorge about the need to take the stone, which would be put in a special place. He described to him the Temple of Good Will that was under construction. It was then that the miner’s wife approached them and, intervening, said: “Chico, you’re going to pass this stone over to the Temple, because I’m a listener of the LGW’s [radio station] and I like it very much.” In short, that is how it was. Haroldo returned, bringing with him the stone that is today gloriously embedded in the pinnacle of the TGW. What is most striking about this story is that, in that same week, the miner’s wife, Maria de Lourdes, remembered a dream in which her husband found a stone that would have a noble destination. Since it was placed at the apex of the LGW’s pyramid, this beautiful crystal has been spreading the light of God’s Love and making the mystical vocation of the Brazilian capital even stronger.

To the couple Chico Jorge and Maria de Lourdes* goes the gratitude of the millions of pilgrims who, when they enter the nave of the Temple of the Blessed Souls, of the Luminous Spirits, benefit from the healthy energy that emanates from the Crystal of the Temple of Good Will.

* Chico Jorge (1927-1996) and Maria de Lourdes Loureiro dos Santos (1938-2020).

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.”