For New Year 1963 WTP sent out an A5 leaflet called ‘Greeting To A Friend’
The front cover was a picture of the Michael emblem as seen in the glass of the Upper Room door (pictured at the bottom). The text is as follows:
Greeting To A Friend
“I salute you. I am your friend. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got; but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.
No Heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. TAKE HEAVEN! No peace lies in the future, which is not hidden in this present little instant. TAKE PEACE! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is JOY. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see – and, to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to LOOK.
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendour, woven by love, by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, clasp it, and you touch the Angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial or sorrow or duty, believe me, that Angel’s hand is there; the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too…be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty, beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.
Courage then to claim it, that is all! But courage you have; and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.
And so I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away…”
The above message was written by Fra Giovanni at the beginning of 1513 AD. Its contents are as valuable and true now as they were when sent out 450 years ago, and this is why it is a pleasure to share them with you. I feel sure that Fra Giovanni will not mind the use of his inspiring words to greet my friends and fellow pilgrims affectionately at the beginning of another year.
Wellesley Tudor Pole, New Year, 1963.
A Michael Emblem
The illustration is of a very inspiring carving in wood by Vergilio Dorigo Prugger of Ortisei, Val del Gardina, Austria. It is gilded heraldically in gold and silver leaf, and in green and crimson, and measures 3’6” in height by 1’6” in width.