1986 - Inauguration of the Cornerstone
A year later, the capital of the Republic dawned to typical weather: hot sun, a very blue sky and dry weather... while the first annex of the LBV’s Ecumenical Complex was inaugurated, on May 27.
Paiva Netto: "Well then, if the glass pane is in the way, remove the glass pane!”
- Foto: J. A. Parmegiani
- LBV’s president gives a speech from the balcony of the first building of the Organization’s Ecumenical Complex connected to the Temple of Good Will. This first building was inaugurated on May 27, 1986, by Paiva Netto, before a mass of people that overcrowded the place.
Due to the arge crowd present, it was not possible for the president of the Legion of Good Will to speak from the stage assembled for this purpose. "(...) I was on the building’s second floor with my children and I looked down at the yard which was overcrowded. I saw that the stage was too low. So I said: ‘You know what? I will speak from up here, the entrance balcony.’ Then I asked someone: ‘Will this balcony take the weight of people on it?’ And they replied affirmatively, asking in turn: ‘But how will you get there? There’s a glass pane in front of you!’ ‘Well then, if the glass pane is in the way, remove the glass pane!’ I replied. The glass was removed and I was able to make a speech right there and then (...). And, on that moment, I highlighted the fact – recalling Moses and Zarur – that the Temple was coming into existence so that values could be internalized. This is because one cannot offer anything externally, if he/she does not have anything to offer. It’s a matter of content”, concludes the president of the LBV, reminiscing on that memorable occasion.
- Foto: J. A. Parmegiani
- Those present form a great Ecumenical Chain of Prayers and attentively listen to the speech given at the launching of the TGW’s Cornerstone by Paiva Netto, who is at the center of the land surrounded by authorities and the people.
On the sequence, at about midday, the launching ceremony of the Temple’s Cornerstone began. Publications of the Legion of Good Will and recordings of Zarur and Paiva Netto were placed in a big steel box. The material was covered with a waterproof sheet and the ark was protected with glass wool, an important thermal insulator. The box was then sealed and there remains to this day the testimony of a vibrant period of the LBV’s heroic saga. The construction of the monument had begun.
In December, excavations for the foundations had already begun and the first iron rods were assembled and placed. As the veteran journalist and thinker, Apparício Torelly, the Baron of Itararé (1895-1971) once said: "The Legion of Good Will is an unmistakable demonstration of the accomplishing capacity of the Brazilian people”.