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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 398-399

Letter of 16 October 1948

16 October 1948
The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Dublin, Eire
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
Our beloved Guardian was very delighted to receive your communication of April 21st, written to him from your newly elected body.
He was particularly pleased to read the signatures of three members of the Townshend family, as Mr. Townshend and his wife have truly sacrificed in order to stand forward as declared and active Bahá’ís and assist in the formation of this historic Assembly.
The task facing you is great, but very exhilarating. Eire lies before you, your territory, of which you are the Mother Assembly, and however difficult your conquest may be, it is a challenging and wonderful service you are called upon to render.
The Irish people, with their deep religious instinct, although they may be at first difficult to convert, once convinced of the truth, will make staunch believers and will, he hopes, convey this Faith, with all its promise and healing power, to other countries in the course of time.
He assures you his prayers are with you, for your progress and your success in every field of Bahá’í service.
With loving greetings,
P.S. The delay in answering your letter was due to the long time it took to reach Haifa.
[From the Guardian:]
Dear and valued co-workers,
The work achieved in Dublin during the last few months, culminating in the formation of the first Spiritual Assembly in Ireland, is indeed highly praiseworthy. Such a consummation is an event that will adorn the annals of the Faith, and is in itself a prelude to still greater victories in the days to come. I truly feel proud of the British and Irish believers who have collaborated so devotedly and strenuously, and won so conspicuous a victory. I will fervently supplicate on their behalf, and will await eagerly the news of the progress of their historic achievements.
Your true and grateful brother,
Shoghi 399