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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day!
To remind and inspire us as to the orgins of this day -

Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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  • At 5/14/2007 12:38:00 PM, Blogger medium guy

    Now that's what I'm talking about!


  • At 5/14/2007 01:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I had no idea that a woman from another century would share with me a passion for peace and devotion for God. I guess I need to read more women's writings. All of a sudden I sense an undiscovered heritage.

  • At 5/14/2007 04:24:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    There were a lot of social reformers in the 19th century. Its what got the abolitionist movement going which led to the suffrage movement (for women and blacks). It seems that its only been post-Vietnam war/hippie era that promoters of peace are seen as far outside 'normal' society.

  • At 5/19/2007 12:52:00 PM, Blogger wilsford

    this comment doesn't exactly fit here, but the mother's day theme reminds me that i planned to go visit a local congregation last week (none in particular) when i remembered it was mothers' day.

    i do not appreciate going to church on romanticized occasions (mothers' day; fathers' day; veterans' day; grandparents' day), which congregations tend to treat as opportunities to serve nutritionally deficient concoctions made of alternating layers of transfats, artificial sweeteners, thickening agents and artificial colors to provide a fully sensual experience.

    Like Twinkies for the soul: immensely satisfying in that guilt-ridden way that stuffs its face with mass-produced goodies, assuring itself that the yawning hunger one feels during such a feast is nothing more serious than a passing fancy for something sweet.


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