How do I thank you for all that you have given us? For all that you endured so that we might have the purest example of love and faith and courage that this world has ever seen?
There are no words that will ever do justice to what you have done for all of us. The only thing that I, as your student and faithful
follower, can do is to renew my annual pledge to share your story and your love with as many people in the world who will open their hearts and listen to it.
Last year on this date, I traveled through your own steps in France with my family and closest friends. I prayed in the locations where you lived and taught the beauty of The Way of Love, and later that day we prayed in locations where your children and descendents were murdered and tortured for carrying on those same teachings. There
are times when the history of your children is too much to bear. But we must bear it, for in doing so we will continue the teachings and
work with all our hearts to ensure that such intolerance never occurs
in our world again.
And so, beautiful Magdalena, I give you all that I know how to give - my love, my loyalty, my dedication and my best efforts as a flawed human being to carry on your story and your teachings to the world. I won't always get it right, and I will hope to learn and grow from those moments when I stumble. I invite everyone who reads this to
join me as my brother and sister in absolute equality to move forward in the teachings of The Way, and to take these vows along with me:
Today, I will celebrate you and Easa and how your unconditional love for each other is the greatest inspiration of union that humans have ever been given. I will celebrate my own love for God, and I will endeavor to love my neighbor as myself, even when it is very
difficult, while recognizing that everyone is my neighbor. I will work to both love and forgive, myself and others, and to live as an expression of that love and forgiveness as often as my imperfect humanity will allow. I will become a force for good in the world by
finding appropriate outlets to be of service to humankind, the animal kingdom, and the Planet. I will always be aware of the needs of
children and vow to protect them and nurture them so that they may become the beautiful future that is still in our power to create.
Most of all, I will live in the gratitude that I am alive in this place and this time, to do whatever it is that you need of me.
I am, have always been and will always be, your servant.