Don’t Rush. Say a Prayer!

I have always drawn people’s attention to the fact that they should be careful with the traffic on our highways and in our cities.

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In an editorial by the respected Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, in May 1994, I found this quote from Goethe (1749-1832), the famous German poet and writer: “Death is, to a certain extent, an impossibility which suddenly becomes a reality.” Indeed, most human beings do not think that one day they will have “to pass on to a better or worse place”, according to their behavior on Earth.

Humanity’s greatest mistake is to live as if there is nothing after death. As the Spiritual Mentors reveal to us, one of the biggest dramas in the True Homeland is undoubtedly the arrival of multitudes who are free from the shackles of the flesh, but completely ignorant of what the Invisible World is.

But let us go back to the editorial from the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on traffic violence, the content of which, unfortunately, is still extremely current today: “. . . the saying by the great German poet reflects with admirable precision the way in which many people face death. There is no doubt that this view is especially common among young people, whose inexperience, allied with a natural haste, imbues them with a feeling of omnipotence and immortality. And this feeling, because it is extremely deceitful, often leads to terrible consequences. The most notable and most perverse of these can be seen in the large numbers of young people who get involved in traffic accidents worldwide. Traffic disasters are already the main cause of death in this age group, resulting in more victims than AIDS and other incurable diseases.”

There is no point in creating laws for human beings; they need to be prepared for the Law. The Traffic Code already exists. Everyone knowns that they have to use their safety belt, reduce their speed, and respect road signs and lanes. However, why do so many people not obey these rules? Perhaps it is because they do not value their own life.

The Don’t Rush. Say a Prayer! campaign, promoted by the Legion of Good Will (LGW), aims to raise driver and pedestrian awareness so they obey traffic laws out of Love for their own life and that of their fellow beings.

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Here, then, is our contribution to the end of traffic violence, so the irresponsible speed that is still seen on our streets is sublimated in ever-faster acts of respect for all and of assistance for those who live in poverty. This is our motto: To promote Social and Sustainable Development, Education, Culture, Art, and Sports with Ecumenical Spirituality, so there may be Socio-environmental Awareness, Food, Security, Health, and Work for everyone, in the awakening of the Planetary Citizen.

Don’t Rush. Say a Prayer!

LGW — a free passage to Life

Education and traffic


Sadly, few people reflect on the fact that the traffic in Brazil has made more victims than many wars. According to the Brazilian National Traffic Department (DENATRAN), 150 people die every day, on average, in these accidents in Brazil. Many of these cases would not occur if drivers and pedestrians were more prudent and observed simple tips when driving a vehicle or crossing the street. These same attitudes would avoid the suffering of thousands of families and the loss that, according to estimates by DENATRAN, exceeds R$ 30 billion every year as a consequence of traffic accidents on our highways and urban roads. 

For this reason, it is essential:

— not to drive when you are tired, emotionally upset, or under the influence of alcohol and/or any narcotic substance;

— not to exceed the speed limit;

— to always use the safety belt;

— to know well the vehicle you drive and keep it in good working order;

— to develop defensive driving skills, thus preventing accidents; and

— to carry children up to 10 years old in the back seat of your automobile.

Awareness is the first step towards ending the “war” on Brazil’s roads and streets. In order to achieve this, it is very important, above all, that Goodwill be present between drivers and pedestrians.

Let us all live in peace in the traffic!

The Drivers’ Prayer*

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Alziro Zarur

Extracted from BOA VONTADE magazine, Issue 26, August 1958, the prayer became famous in the interpretation of Alziro Zarur (1914-1979), late Founder of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), in his radio programs.

please be
The Light of my eyes,
so I can always see the right path!
The Guide of my arms,
so I can always drive myself towards Goodness!
The Strength of my life,
so I can always resist and fight for survival!
My constant Friend,
so I can be of service to all with Goodwill!
The Love in my heart,
so I can love all as I love myself!

Author’s note

Ao Coração de Deus — Coletânea Ecumênica de Orações [To God’s Heart – An Ecumenical Collection of Prayers

* Taken from my book Ao Coração de Deus — Coletânea Ecumênica de Orações [To God’s Heart – An Ecumenical Collection of Prayers] (pocket book edition), 69th edition, page 139, published by Elevação Publishing House.

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.”