True Parents Open the Way of Understanding
True Mother’s speech at the Third Anniversary of True Father’s Ascension
Cheongshim Peace World Center, Cheongpyeong, Korea, August 30, 2015
Distinguished guests from home and abroad, beloved Ambassadors for Peace, and blessed families from across the world: We miss True Father so much today. Heaven and humanity have long awaited the one central figure, and heaven has had to walk the way of inexpressible sorrow for thousands of years in the course of providential history.
However, the endeavors of heaven to send Jesus Christ through the people of Israel and complete the work of the providence two thousand years ago ended in despair and anguish. Therefore, Jesus Christ died on the cross, leaving behind the promise that he would come again.
Thenceforth, the two-thousand-year history of the providence centered on Christianity was supposed to make preparations to receive the Messiah of the Second Advent. However, Christians didn’t know about the internal providence of heaven. This is because they did not really know about God. That is why in the midst of the history of Christianity, communism came to exist with its concept of atheism. How devastated God must have been as He looked upon such a situation!
However, providential history has continued. Now the nation of Korea is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its liberation, but seventy years ago, it was a nation in a most difficult situation and unknown to the rest of the world. And yet heaven chose and established the people of Korea. Thus, Korea became a nation that gave birth to the Messiah of the Second Advent, the only begotten son and only begotten daughter of God.
In any part of the world, it is difficult for a person who bears the responsibilities of a higher position to come down to the lowest position. How much more difficult, then, would it have been for the Messiah of the Second Advent, the savior, the True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind, to do so? However, because Christianity, with its prepared foundation, failed to fulfill its responsibility, the course of True Parents had to begin starting from the position of the servant of servants, the providential course which you know very well. Even under such circumstances, True Parents lived through days in which they comforted heaven and made the pledge to fulfill the will of God, which is His dream and His hope, without fail.
In the 1970s, the world situation was such that, after the Second World War, the United States, the representative nation of the democratic world, held sway over the world. However, it too was faced with hardships. The United States, which claims to serve God and even has inscribed on its currency the phrase “In God we trust,” came to be threatened by communism, and its situation became all the more dire due to such issues as the breakdown of the family, extreme individualism, youth problems, drug problems, and ideological problems.
However, there was no one who could step forward and resolve the situation. At the time, True Father left Korea behind and went to the United States, and said that he had come as a doctor because America was sick, and he had come as a firefighter because America was on fire. These words aroused the leading class of the United States. They came to respect him. However, some politicians who could not look into the future became obstacles on his path. He still forgave them and awakened the United States, and in the end, he brought about the downfall of communism.
Not only that, but he also founded AULA [the Association for the Unity of Latin America] and inspired the nations of South America, which were fast becoming communized, and finally saved those nations. In this way, a single individual accomplished things unbeknownst to the rest of the world, which even nations with vast power and wealth could not achieve. This was possible because he was the True Parent.
That is not all. He made many preparations in his concern for the future of the innumerable human beings and the future of the Earth. The providential work of human salvation would have been difficult, even with the cooperation of Christianity with its two-thousand-year foundation and the cooperation of nations. At the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences [ICUS] in 1981, he advocated that one way to world peace was to build the International Peace Highway. True Father and I both embarked on speaking tours in the 2000s to share this vision. The highway would begin from the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, pass through Europe and Asia, the Korean Peninsula, through Santiago in Chile, South America, to New York. Father spoke of building the Bering Strait Tunnel in Alaska. He advocated the way by which the world could become one, by passing through those places and going through Moscow and the Japanese islands and arriving at the Korean Peninsula, and he opened the way to make it possible. Based on this historic course, on this third anniversary of Father’s ascension, we have been able to complete the great course of the Peace Road in which 121 nations participated.
Since the beginning of history, all the people who claimed that their nations were the superpowers of the age were all self-centered. They thought only about benefitting their own nations. However, because True Father and I are True Parents, we are working to open the way of understanding by which everyone can become one. One hundred years ago, a great Indian poet, [Rabindranath] Tagore, praised Korea, saying that Korea was the Lamp of the East. Korea’s economy of today is not this Lamp of the East. A lamp refers to light, and that light is the Truth. The Truth is the Word. Therefore, what that phrase means is that, through the teachings of True Parents, this nation of Korea can stand high before Asia and the world.
Now then, I want to ask all of you gathered here today, “What do you want to say to True Father?” I want to say to him: “Father, from now on, you have nothing to worry about. We will fulfill our responsibility at all costs. Therefore, we hope and pray that you will now be free to go and come as you please, and to comfort God, our Heavenly Parent, who has been lonely until now, in the eternal Garden of the Original Homeland.”
This is the feather, the flag, and the flower of the culture of heart that we need to show the rest of the world, and the responsibilities we need to fulfill. I hope that you will bear this in mind and, with the same determination as I have myself, do your very best.