PARATE VIAM DOMINI!

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

This is the slogan chosen for the Euromoot.
So how can you “prepare the way of the Lord” from now on and during the Euromoot?

1 – Help Europe to reconnect with his Christian roots

Saint Jean Paul II : 

“d at the beginning of the third millennium, “Open the doors to Christ! Be yourself. Rediscover your origins. Relive your roots”. Down the centuries you have received the treasure of Christian faith. It has grounded your life as a society on principles drawn from the Gospel, and traces of this are evident in the art, literature, thought and culture of your nations. But this heritage does not belong just to the past; it is a pred the life of the individuals and peoples who together have forged the continent of Europeoject in the making, to be passed on to future generations, for it has indelibly mark”. (Ecclesia in Europa, 2003) 

 Pope Francis  

“Europe today suffers from a “lapse of memory” where peace is now “regarded as superfluous”.

To regain the peace attained in the past, Europe must reconnect with its Christian roots otherwise “the Western values of dignity, freedom and justice would prove largely incomprehensible”.

As leaders, you are called to blaze the path of a new European humanism made up of ideals and concrete actions” (Treaty of Rome anniversary, 2017) 

 

Guide and Scout of Europe, what is your concrete action to help Europe to reconnect with his Christian roots?

Answers in the Euromoot :

  • prayer, Angelus, holy mass, moment of light
  • twinning’s, meeting together to sing, to walk, to pray, have adventures, campfires, …
  • Follow the steps of Saint Benedict of Nurcia, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Paul, Saint Francis, Saint Cyril and Methodius…

2 – Use your compass to serve on the right way and to bring hope

Saint Jean Paul II : 

“Try to fulfil your commitment with a renewed enthusiasm; thus scouting will be for you « a means of sanctification within the Church » that will favour and encourage « a more intimate union between concrete life and your faith(Eurojam Velasco, Poland, 2003) 

Pope Francis : 

“To speak of transcendent human dignity thus means appealing to human nature, to our innate capacity to distinguish good from evil, to that “compass” deep within our hearts, which God has impressed upon all creation. Above all, it means regarding human beings not as absolutes, but as beings in relation. 
In building a Europe which courageously embraces its past and confidently looks to its future in order fully to experience the hope of its present.  How, then, can hope in the future be restored, so that, beginning with the younger generation, there can be a rediscovery of that confidence needed to pursue the great ideal of a united and peaceful Europe, a Europe which is creative and resourceful, respectful of rights and conscious of its duties. 
The time has come to work together in building a Europe that revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values. In building a Europe which courageously embraces its past and confidently looks to its future in order fully to experience the hope of its present.”
(European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, 2014) 

Scout of Europe, do you use your compass, to serve on the right way, with hope and dignity, distinguishing good from evil? 
Answers in the Euromoot  

  • service to each other in the fire/clan and with the twinning fire/clan 
  • Service to the Euromoot 
  • service to the local people  
  • Service to the church in Europe 

3 – Promote a culture of dialogue to rebuild the fabric of European society

Saint Jean Paul II : 

“As a matter of fact, you are called to take part, with all the ardour of your youth, in the construction of the Europe of peoples, so that every person should be recognised in his dignity of beloved child of God and to build a society founded on solidarity and fraternal brotherhood!”
(Eurojam, Viterbo 1994) 

Pope Francis :  

“Peace will be lasting in the measure that we arm our children with the weapons of dialogue, that we teach them to fight the good fight of encounter and negotiation. In this way, we will bequeath to them a culture capable of devising strategies of life, not death, and of inclusion, not exclusion”.
(Conferral of the Charlemagne Prize, 2016) 

Scout of Europe, listening to the message of the pope, will you promote a culture of dialogue to rebuild the fabric of European society?
Answers in the Euromoot :  

twinning’s 

informal encounters (Santiago style) 

Final gathering on the Piazza San Pietro in Rome : one fabric of scouts from each country 

4 – Leave a mark, be a witnesses of Christ on earth

Saint Jean Paul II : 

“Dear young people, answer generously to Jesus Christ’s call who invites you to « put out into deep water » and to become his witnesses. You will discover the trust that Christ puts in you to invent a future with him. In order to be accomplished, this mission entrusted to you by the Church first requires cultivating an authentic life of prayer, nourished by the sacraments, especially by Eucharist and Reconciliation.”
(Eurojam Velasco, Poland, 2003) 

Pope Francis:  

“The times we live in do not call for young “couch potatoes”, but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.
The times we live in require only active players on the field, and there is no room for those who sit on the bench.  Today’s world demands that you be a protagonist of history because life is always beautiful when we choose to live it fully, when we choose to leave a mark.” (WYD, Krakow, 2016) 

Scout of Europe, how can you leave your mark ?
Answer in the Euromoot :  

  • to be young adults, proud of our faith and our culture, proud of being men and women living in truth, trying to be witnesses of Christ on earth! 

5 – Be a pilgrim, looking for authenticity with those who join you in your walk and discover Christ’s face in the face of each companion met at the crossroads of Europe or of the world

It is in the older branches that young people are going to deepen their vocation and become “authentic men and women, inserted into a supernatural way on which they may practise the evangelic principles at the service of the world”, in order “to establish the reign of Christ in all [their] life and in the world around [them]” (Statuts UIGSE) 

 “A personal adventure because the pilgrim orientates his steps towards the centre of his universe, towards the source of any order and any blessing, towards God. 

Also a communitarian adventure because, even if he walks alone, he often rejoices when he meets other pilgrims ; with them, he experiences “this travelling Church (…) necessary for salvation”. The pilgrim looks for authenticity through communion with those who join him in his walk, in his search. In everyone, he sees a brother or a sister walking on the common way towards God; he is able “to discover Christ’s face in the face of each companion met at the crossroads of Europe or of the world”
(Gwenaël Lhuissier, in Contact 7/2017) 

Scout of Europe, Ranger and Rover, are you a pilgrim looking for authenticity through communion with those who join you in your walk, in your search? Do you see in everyone a brother or a sister walking on the common way towards God? Are you able “to discover Christ’s face in the face of each companion met at the crossroads of Europe or of the world”?
Answer in the Euromoot : 

  • to be on the road alone and together 
  • Santiago style 
  • Twinning’s 
  •  liturgy together 
  • openness of mind 
  • willingness to discover other people, with other culture and traditions, 
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