Feast of Sultán 172 B.E.

posted Feb 5, 2016, 8:02 AM by Charles Thilking
January 18, 2016
To the American Bahá’í community
 for the Feast of Sultán
Dearly loved Friends,
Across the globe, in the hundred thousand and more localities where they reside,
the members of the community of the Most Great Name are gathering to celebrate
this Feast. They do so with hearts continuing to reverberate to the inspiring words
addressed to them in the Universal House of Justice’s message of January 2―a
message that reflected on the consultations that characterized the recently concluded
conference in the Holy Land of the Continental Boards of Counselors, that hinted of
the vast potentialities in the new Five Year Plan waiting to be released when work on
it commences at Ridván, that recognized the Plan’s ambitious requirements, yet rung
with confidence in the capacity of the worldwide adherents of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh
to meet and exceed them. We commend that significant letter to your careful study
and consideration and, though it was already circulated to the community through
our network of local Assemblies and groups, have attached it for your convenience.
We are pleased by reports we are receiving that many of the friends have begun a
collective study of the Supreme Institution’s December 29 message to the Conference
of the Counselors describing the features of the new Plan. We hope that communities
that have not already done so will now organize such gatherings, and that the friends
everywhere will make these two seminal documents a constant source of fortification
and guidance as they arise to render service to this latest stage in the “systematic
execution of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's grand design for the spiritual conquest of the planet.”
We add to the supplications of the Supreme Body our own ardent prayers that you
will each and every one be aided by our beloved Master to “choose the path of
consecrated service and high endeavour” to which He has called us.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Charles Thilking,
Feb 5, 2016, 8:02 AM