A message of hope and peace... 


It's only 7 paragraphs in length.


It was written by Mattie when he was 13 years old. 


It is one of last e-mails Mattie ever wrote. 


Mattie was not strong enough to complete the essay he was outlining in this e-mail. But his love and passion for all of humanity never wavered during his final months on earth. And I believe that today, Mattie is kneeling in prayer -- with hope, for peace -- for each of us, and for our world. 


This excerpt from Mattie's "Just Peace" book was written more than a decade ago. But the message Mattie shared then remains relevant -- and much needed -- today.


Please take a few minutes to read these thoughts from Mattie. Only a handful of paragraphs, but an important reminder of reality, and possibility. 


Peace matters. Peace is possible. Peace is for all people. Choose peace.


Click here for the excerpt  


Along with the website version of Mattie's "We Need to Dream" excerpt,
there are links to PDF & JPG versions for sharing this message with others. 
Please share. 


If you would like to reach out with a reflection or response, we will post it on our What You Are Saying page to inspire others.


Thank you.



Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. ("Mattie's mom")


Executive Director, 

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation