PARATE VIAM DOMINI!

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

PARATE VIAM DOMINI!

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

Dear Rangers, Dear Rovers,

 

1 – The path of the ranger and of the rover

We describe the method of the third branch as a “path” which must be traversed. This path is beautiful, but also difficult, since everything that is beautiful and worthwhile demands effort. At first it is the pathway of going from the period of childhood into adulthood; from the pathways around the house out onto the all the pathways of the world. Next, it is a path going from being “served” to serving others. When the branches were green and yellow, others served you, and now you are preparing yourself for service, or are already serving those younger than you as a leader, that is, as a servant for their becoming more mature in all ways, and especially as a servant for their faith in Jesus Christ. The third pathway is the transition from the faith in God of your parents and your environment up until now, to your own personal faith in Jesus Christ, who is Lord of the universe but who longs also to be your Lord.

2 – The path of brotherhood and of wilderness

Euromoot is the entrance onto a special pathway which allows you to experience brotherhood with others, but it is also an entrance into the wilderness, which allows you to have a new meeting with Christ and to enter into communion with Him and also to follow Him in the form of service described by the eight beatitudes. For indeed every ranger’s and rover’s vacation “road” (journey) has these two dimensions: brotherhood and the wilderness. The wilderness always offers the opportunity to experience in a special way the presence of God, and His work, and at the same time the opportunity to renew and deepen love for God and neighbor. The wilderness was the birthplace of the Chosen People and their bond with God. It was in the wilderness that Moses taught the Law of God and led the People wandering toward the Promised Land to the formation of the Covenant with God by which that People became the Lord’s own and the sign of His presence and of His love. In the wilderness, John the Baptist foretold the Messiah and, in the wilderness, Jesus Christ began His public activity, that is, the building of the Kingdom of God on earth. The wilderness is a meeting place with God, of experiencing our own weaknesses and the need for help from God and from our brothers. Euromoot is a retreat circle, or a campfire, which is meant to revive us, but also to straighten out everything which, in our lives, in our relationships with God and with people, has become specious and insincere. This retreat is meant to revive in us the spirit of service of God and of our neighbor.

3 – Three pathways to be straightened

If we carefully analyze the words of John the Baptist, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” which are noted by each of the evangelists (Mt. 3:3; Mk. 1:3; Lk. 3:4; Jn. 1:23), we see that the Lord who is coming is Jesus Christ and it is for Him that the way must be prepared. What does preparing the way for Him consist of? First it is to perceive Him in the crowds of people, in the blizzard of things to be done, in the tumult of modern times. We need to discover the face of the One who, being God, became man, so that man might know the face of God, that he might discover that God is near and constantly accompanies man. The Son of God became man and gave His life on the cross, that we might know who God is and discover, in the suffering face of the Son, that God loves us and that we are very important to Him. God always bestows gifts upon His children, and if He makes requirements, giving us His commandments, He does it only in order that we might be free from all that harms us, and makes us capable of even greater love.

The first path to be straightened is the pathway of Jesus Christ to my own heart. This pathway will become straight only when I consciously renew in myself what baptism gave me – that is to say, being a child of God. For every time I see, with faith, God as Father and myself as His child, the way to God becomes straight. For every time that I accept Jesus Christ as my only Lord and only Savior, His way to me becomes straight.

The second path which we want to straighten is Jesus’ pathway to the hearts entrusted to our care, of younger scouts. Euromoot gives you the chance to look, from God’s perspective, at your scouting service and at the scouting method itself, in order to see in it not only fun and games, but a particularly valuable method of evangelization. Euromoot is an invitation to this, that you might discover that you are like John the Baptist, “a voice” and a witness of God’s power and God’s love for those whom you serve.

The third path to be straightened is Jesus’ pathway to the whole world, to each person. Euromoot is an incentive and an opportunity for discovering the need for the presence and witness of believers in Jesus Christ to all people. His revolution of love began in the wilderness, revealed itself on the cross, but will be fulfilled when He returns once more in order to unite us to Himself and to triumph over all evil, most of all over Satan. Jesus already invites us now to this spiritual battle, whose strength is the love of God and neighbor. Since Our Lord is the ultimate Victor, being united to Him is our basic weapon in this battle. Euromoot is therefore a special time of being united to Jesus through prayer, the sacrament of penance and reconciliation, and through the Eucharist.

4 – Have the courage to set out

Only the one who sets out on this path, only the one who accepts the pathway’s challenge, can experience the adventure of brotherhood and of the wilderness. Have the courage to set out on this path! Have the courage to be a person of the pathway. The pathway is calling you!

Father Boguslaw Migut (Poland)
Federal Religious Adviser 2010-2018

Prepare the way of the Lord

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,