Happy 26th Anniversary to those Blessed at the 3.6 million couples Blessing at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on November 29th, 1997!
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1187
The Ceremony of the Settlement of the Eight Stages signifies that the historical course of vertical indemnity and the course of horizontal indemnity that went through the stages of individual, family, people, nation, and the world. That is the vertical and horizontal courses consisting of eight stages are completed. Due to this, the right of eldest son has been restored, and the course of indemnity for all humanity is abolished. That is what I have done by holding this ceremony. The right of the eldest son is restored; the Parents are embracing all humankind. Thus, an end is brought to the history of war and struggle that was necessary in order for the right of the eldest son to be restored in the realm of parental love. The time has come when indemnity is not needed and we can reach harmony in love. In order to achieve this, I had to hold the Ceremony of the Settlement of the Eight Stages. By holding this ceremony, the Parents forgave both the elder and the younger son, so that next we can enter the age of the realm of forgiveness for the fallen parents. (193-173, 1989.10.3)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1848
If there are no fish where you go fishing, you should make a fish farm and raise fish. The time has come when you can farm fish, transport them somewhere and then go fishing. If you make a fish farm somewhere with the right climate and temperature and raise fish, then you can take any type of fish anywhere and place them where people can catch them. You can transport them in a boat, release them and catch them again. The time will come when you can hunt animals – even tigers. You can breed wolves and release them in the hunting grounds to hunt them. You can hunt for bears. You can also breed other animals for hunting. (275-104, 1995.11.3)
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Pledge Number 6: Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to become a family that moves heavenly fortune by embodying God and True Parents, and to perfect a family that conveys Heaven’s blessing to our community, by centering on true love.
What is Family Pledge number six? It states: “Our family pledges to become a family that moves heavenly fortune by embodying God and True Parents, and to perfect a family that conveys Heaven’s blessing to our community, by centering on true love.” You should understand what the True Parents have done and become a family that embodies them; just as heavenly fortune follows the True Parents around when they move, you should unite completely with them and become families that move heavenly fortune and convey God’s blessings to your communities. You cannot do it by yourselves alone. You should create families like yours around you. You are pledging to be such a central family. (267-153, 1995.1.4)
“Our family pledges… to embody God and True Parents… by centering on true love” You must become a family that embodies God and True Parents. In this way, by becoming true families that move heaven and earth, you realize families that convey God’s blessings to your communities rather than taking it all for yourselves. Be families that can be a blessing and give out blessings every time you move. If there are people around you who do not know the Divine Principle, teach it to them: even if they oppose you, spend your lives together and go through it without fighting. Teach it to your community and gradually expand this. Do not live alone. (266-151, 1994.12.22) pp. 2497-2498
6.2. Families that move heavenly fortune
Who controls heavenly fortune? The Lord who created the universe controls it. Who is that Lord? In religious terms we call Him God and use other various nouns, but this is not the issue. There should be a certain Central Being. If we know for sure that the Central Being exists and unshakably follow His path, everything will go well. (209-176, 1990.11.29)
Just as individuals have fortune, so do families, nations, and the world; in the same token, all of heaven and earth has heavenly fortune. However good the fortune you may have been born with, if your family fortune declines, you will suffer hardship together, and also those who may have good individual or family fortunes will not be able to avoid their downfall if the broader national fortune wanes. Moreover, the fortunes of the nation and the world are determined in accordance with the direction and progress of heavenly fortune, which encompasses and exists for the sake of the whole. To establish the heavenly way in the world means to adjust the course of individuals and nations to the path of heavenly fortune. (234-258, 1992.8.26) p. 2499
6.3. A family that conveys Heaven’s blessing to our community
What is Family Pledge number six? It states, “Our family pledges to become a family that moves heavenly fortune by embodying God and True Parents…” By becoming families that move heavenly fortune, we should link all God’s inheritance and blessings. Who are our communities? They are the Cain world. We need them. Will you go to the Kingdom of Heaven by yourselves? Some day this will surely come to pass: everyone in our community will say, “You fools! Are you trying to go to the Kingdom of Heaven all by yourselves? Is this what God’s will is all about? When we said we did not like the Unification Church, you should have admonished us with a stick even until our death. Why didn’t you?” (283-82, 1997.4.8) pp. 2501-2502
We pledge “…to perfect a family that conveys Heaven’s blessing to our community…” This refers to being channels of blessings. It is not in order to lead successful lives by ourselves alone that we received the Blessing. Once we have received the call before anybody else, we must make the families of all our brothers and sisters in the whole world families like ours. So we are saying that by propagating heavenly fortune, we will be families existing for the cause of making other families like ours. It is not for us alone. We mean that we will create family harmony that can accomplish everything and bring all families into harmony so that they can be unified. (260-305, 1994.5.19)
What does Family Pledge number six state? It states that we will move heavenly fortune as the family that embodies the True Parents. The ideal of creation is supposed to follow. We must become families conveying Heaven’s blessing to our communities. The number of generations and the number of millennia in the history of the world of the culture of heart and undefiled lineage [that] can last through you will determine whether you will be loyal subjects of God’s Kingdom. (292-107, 1998.3.28) p. 2502
Be: Committed and unconditional in your love to others.
Do: Respond to God’s call in your daily life, striving every day, and become part of helping someone else discover God.
Have: In so doing, you can create great results through your efforts, and have the experience of making a transformative difference in someone else’s life and let others know that they can make differences as well.