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Citadel of Faith, by Shoghi Effendi

Citadel of Faith, by Shoghi Effendi

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Citadel of Faith
 by Shoghi Effendi
Believers’ Generous Response to Temple Fund
Thrilled by generous response of believers to Temple Fund. Deeply touched. Hail lateststriking evidence of the magnificent spirit, unshakable solidarity and unflinching resolve of American Bahá’í Community. Deepest loving gratitude.[January 20, 1947]
Call to Fuller Participation
Acclaim with grateful heart evidences of steadily accelerating movement of pioneers,multiplication of conferences, consolidation of activities of national committees, progress in preliminaries of internal ornamentation of Temple, and formulation of teaching policy insouthern states. Overwhelmed by tributes paid my own humble efforts by stalwart companywhose championship of Faith of Bahá’u’lláh during last quarter century provided greatestsupport and solace, enabling me to sustain the weight of cares and responsibilities of Guardianship.Impelled to plead afresh to ponder responsibilities incurred in transatlantic field of service.Time is flying. First year of Second Seven Year Plan is drawing to a close. Shadow of war’stragic aftermath is deepening. Initial stage of colossal task undertaken in European continentstill in balance. Urge stress for entire community extreme urgency to reinforce promptly, atwhatever cost, however inadequate the instruments, the number of volunteers, both settlersand itinerant teachers, whom posterity will rightly recognize as vanguard of torch-bearers of Bahá’u’lláh’s resistless, world-redeeming order to despairing millions of diversified races,conflicting nationalities in darkest, most severely tested, spiritually depleted continent of globe. Prayerfully awaiting response by all ranks of community to supreme call to fuller  participation in glorious enterprise.[January 30, 1947]
Consolidation in Europe
Overjoyed, grateful, proud of notable expansion of manifold activities in three continents.Vital significance of preeminent objective in European continent cannot be overemphasized.Intense, sustained, self-sacrificing efforts aimed at rapid consolidation of AmericanCommunity’s recently initiated fate-laden transatlantic enterprise are urgent, imperative,highly meritorious. Praying for such demonstration of heroism as will outshine exploitsilluminating pages of American Bahá’í history in continents of Western Hemisphere.[March 24, 1947]
 
Participation in Second Seven Year Plan[MESSAGE TO 1947 CONVENTION]
My heart is filled with delight, wonder, pride and gratitude in contemplation of the peace-time exploits, in both hemispheres, of the world community of the followers of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, triumphantly emerging from the crucible of global war and moving irresistiblyinto the second epoch of the Formative Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation.The opening years of the second century of the Bahá’í Era, synchronizing with concludingstage of the memorable quarter-century elapsed since the termination of the Heroic Age of theFaith, have been distinguished by a compelling demonstration by the entire body of believers,headed by the valorous American Bahá’í Community, of solidarity, resolve and self-sacrificeas well as by a magnificent record of systematic, world-wide achievements.The three years since the celebration of the Centenary have been characterized by asimultaneous process of internal consolidation and steady enlargement of the orbit of a fast-evolving Administrative Order.These years witnessed, first, the astounding resurgence of a war-devastated Bahá’ícommunity of Central Europe, the rehabilitation of the communities in Southeast Asia, thePacific Islands and the Far East; second, the inauguration of a new Seven Year Plan by theAmerican Bahá’í Community destined to culminate with the Centenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh’s Prophetic Mission, aiming at the formation of three national assemblies inLatin America and the Dominion of Canada, at completion of the holiest House of Worship inthe Bahá’í world, and at the erection of the structure of the Administrative Order in tensovereign states of the European continent; and third, the formulation by the British, theIndian and the Persian National Assemblies of Six Year, Four and One-Half Year, and Forty-Five Month Plans respectively, culminating with the Centenary of the Báb’s Martyrdom and pledged to establish nineteen spiritual assemblies in the British Isles, double the number of assemblies in the Indian subcontinent, establish ninety-five new centers of the Faith in Persia,convert the groups in Bahrein, Mecca and Kabul into assemblies and plant the banner of theFaith in the Arabian territories of Yemen, Oman, Ahsa and Kuweit.Moreover, the number of countries opened to the onsweeping Faith, and the number of languages in which its literature has been translated and printed, is now raised to eighty-threeand forty-seven, respectively. Four additional countries are in process of enrollment.Translations into fifteen other languages are being undertaken. No less than seventeenthousand pounds have accumulated for the international relief of war-afflicted Bahá’ícommunities of East and West. The Bahá’í endowments on the North American continenthave now passed the two million dollar mark. The value of the endowments recently acquiredat the World Center of the Faith, dedicated to the Shrines, are estimated at thirty-fivethousand pounds. Bahá’í literature has been disseminated as far north as Upernavik,Greenland, above the Arctic Circle. The Bahá’í message has been broadcast by radio as far south as Magallanes. The area of land dedicated to the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of Persia hasincreased by almost a quarter-million square meters. The number of localities in theAntipodes where Bahá’ís reside has been raised to thirty-five, spread over Australia, NewZealand and Tasmania. Twenty-seven assemblies are functioning in Latin America. In over a
 
hundred localities Bahá’ís are resident in Central and South America, almost double thelocalities at opening of the first Seven Year Plan. Historic Latin American conferences have been held in Buenos Aires and Panama. Summer schools are established in Argentina andChile. Land has been offered in Chile for site of the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of LatinAmerica. Additional assemblies have been incorporated in Paraguay and Colombia. Sevenothers are in process of incorporation. A notable impetus has been lent this world-redeemingMessage through the concerted measures devised by the American National Assemblydesigned to proclaim the Faith to the masses through public conferences, press and radio.Such remarkable multiplication of dynamic institutions, such thrilling deployment of world-regenerating forces, North, South, East and West, endow the preeminent goal of the SecondSeven Year Plan in Europe with extraordinary urgency and peculiar significance. I amimpelled to appeal to all American believers possessing independent means to arise andsupplement the course of the second year of the Second Seven Year Plan through personal participation or appointment of deputies, the superb exertions of the heroic vanguard of thehosts destined, through successive decades, to achieve the spiritual conquest of the continentunconquered by Islám, rightly regarded as the mother of Christendom, the fountainhead of American culture, the mainspring of western civilization, and the recipient of the uniquehonor of two successive visits to its shores by the Center of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant.[April 28, 1947]
 NSA Must Control Credentials of Foreigners
Owing to arrival of disloyal so-called Bahá’ís your Assembly’s control of credentials should be strictly exercised, otherwise corruptive influences will spread and injure the magnificentservices being achieved by the American Bahá’í Community.[Circa June 1947]
The Challenging Requirements of the Present Hour 
The opening years of the second century of the Bahá’í Era have synchronized with thetermination of the first epoch of the Formative Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation, aDispensation which posterity will recognize as the most glorious and momentous in thegreatest cycle in the world’s religious history.The first seventy-seven years of the preceding century, constituting the Apostolic and HeroicAge of our Faith, fell into three distinct epochs, of nine, of thirty-nine and of twenty-nineyears’ duration, associated respectively with the Bábí Dispensation and the ministries of Bahá’u’lláh and of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. This Primitive Age of the Bahá’í Era, unapproached inspiritual fecundity by any period associated with the mission of the Founder of any previousDispensation, was impregnated, from its inception to its termination, with the creativeenergies generated through the advent of two independent Manifestations and theestablishment of a Covenant unique in the spiritual annals of mankind.The last twenty-three years of that same century coincided with the first epoch of the second,the Iron and Formative, Age of the Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh—the first of a series of 

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