divine will and standard which can help us to mould our lives aright without running from one extreme to another.
My heart's wish would now be to devote myself to some sort of religious ministration.
God can open a way for this in which the spirit of my desire may receive the form of his will.
I must lecture this winter to earn some money and spread, I hope, some good doctrine... .”
Such was the beginning of her work for peace, which was to end only with her life.
Disappointed in her hope of a world congress, she turned the current of her effort in a new direction.
She would have a festival, a day which should be called Mothers' Day, and be devoted to the advocacy of peace doctrines.
She chose the second day of June; for many years she and her friends and followers kept this day religiously, with sweet and tender observances which were unspeakably dear to her.
In 1876 there was a great peace meeting in Philadelphia
The occasion is thus described by the Reverend Ada C. Bowles
: “There were delegates from France
, and Germany
, each with a burning desire to be heard, and all worth hearing, but none able to speak English
The audience looked to the anxious face of the President
with sympathy; then a voice was heard, ‘Call for Mrs. Howe
Those present will never forget how her presence changed the meeting from a threatened failure to a noble success.
, Frenchman, and Italian
stood in turn by her side.
At the proper moment she lifted a finger, and then gave in ”