True Families Are the Starting Point for World Peace
"We are becoming husband and wife to complete the mission given to us by God to become True Parents. God wants to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven on earth through a family. You and I will travel a difficult path to become True Parents who will open the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven for others."
The starting point for a peaceful world is a loving family. In order to realize a peaceful world where humanity lives together as one family, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon held a holy wedding ceremony on April 11, 1960, becoming husband and wife in the position of parents of humanity. They then embarked on a journey together to embrace humanity with the heart of a parent on behalf of God.
For the founders, marriage is not merely a union between a man and a woman; it is a sacred “Blessing” by which a man and a woman become one, create life, seek true love and continue God's creative work. Through the Blessing, a “True Family” can be formed, and from there a new society, a new nation, and ultimately, God’s peaceful new world can be realized.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, based on this vision, began the worldwide expansion of the True Family movement by giving the Blessing to 36 couples in 1961. Moreover, in order to lay the foundation for a world without barriers or conflict, the founders brought together people of different religions, nationalities and races in holy matrimony through the Blessing. If a man and a woman from enemy nations join together and form a loving family, the spiritual barrier drawn by the historical grudge built up between their families can be resolved, and the hope for a peaceful future can become a reality. To this day, the True Family movement is flourishing worldwide brining that vision of peace closer to reality.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon held a holy wedding ceremony on April 11, 1960 (March 16 in lunar calendar). The holy wedding ceremony signified restoring the position of heavenly parent that was lost.
Rev. and Mrs. Moon were devoted to their 14 children’s education and building a True Family centered on God. When away from home on speech tours around the world, they wrote letters and postcards filled with love to their children.
"Please read this, Ye-Jin. I know you were very sad when I last saw you and your brother at the airport before I left. I will return soon. Look after your younger brother and listen to your mother and older brother. I wish to see my lovely Ye-Jin again soon."
- Postcard written to Ye-Jin Moon, June 22, 1965