Remembering Agnes: A Lesson in Nonviolence

Whenever I try to trace back my faith in that of God in every one, and the power of nonviolence, my thoughts go back over 50 years to World War II and my experiences in a state mental hospital. And I think about a woman patient called Agnes Holler, and all that knowing her taught me about violence and about myself, and the indestructible power of love. My husband, Allen, was assigned to Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville, Maryland, as a conscientious objector in a Civilian Public Service (CPS) unit during World War II. After a few months I🔒

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Margaret Hope Bacon is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She wrote this article in 1996, and it is being published for the first time; but, in a different rendition, it was incorporated into her book Love Is the Hardest Lesson.

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