A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Long (Hot) Walk for Peace to Bassano del Grappa

On our last day with Sabina and Roberto, Gianni and I were joined on our 25k walk to Bassano del Grappa by our hosts, and two friends, Daniele and Silvia. I am grateful for everyone's participation  in our one day walk for peace. It was very hot; one of the hottest days of the summer, and difficult to be cheerful, but everyone kept moving, and we all made it to our destination. Then, while Gianni and I relaxed, the other four had to catch a bus back to the starting point. Thanks for your support, friends!

Silvia and Daniele join us for breakfast in Montecchio Precalcino before the 25k walk to Bassano del Grappa

We set out early, but it was already very hot

A break

This man was very interested in the walk we were doing, as he was a part of Beati Costruttori di Pace, a peacebuilding organization from Padova. 

Getting pretty ragged by this time, but no quitters

Almost there

Our arrival at the organic farm and shop of the hosts arranged by Roberto
Claudio, standing, and Antonella sitting to his right, were the hosts Gianni and I had in Bassano. Antonella runs the shop, while Claudio is an artist and organic farmer. They are both peacebuilders in  their daily lives.

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