02 August

"When you go back home, in your families, in your communities,
enriched by the experience of these days,
let Jesus’ words re-echo in you: « I am with you always,
to the end of the age” (Mt, 28, 20).
Supported by his grace, 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 ».
"

A visit in the Lighthouse of Europe

Paola Di Bartolomeo & Jean Huot

Montecassino is a rocky hill on the southwest of Rome in the Latin Valley. And it’s a blue and a red point of the Euromoot 2019… which means another historical place crowded by Guides and Scouts of Europe during these last days of July! 

Site of the Roman town of Casinum, it is best known for its abbey, the first house of the Benedictine Order, having been established by Benedict of Nursia himself around 529. It was for the community of Monte Cassino that the Rule of Saint Benedict was composed. The Abbey of Montecassino is one of the most known abbeys in the world. Saint Benedict, one of the patron saints of our Euromoot, chose these mountains to build a monastery that would host him and the monks following him on the way from Subiaco. Over the centuries the Abbey met magnificence and destruction many times: in 577, Langobards destroyed it, then in 887, Saracens did so; in 1349, a violent earthquake occurred and in 1944, a bombardment almost flattened it, part of the  Battle of Cassino.  

Ora et labora et lege: this is the motto of Saint Benedict’s Rule that the monks follow in their daily routine. Some of them study in the library surrounded by ancient books, some others host people seeking for a moment of inner peace and serenity. Everyday, thousands of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world come to this threshold: they silently go through the cloisters and then up the big ramp to the Basilica to Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica’s grave. But in the museum it’s possible to see magnificent paintings, manuscripts and ancient books. 

Another meaningful place, visited especially by our Polish participants: The famous polish military cemetery in Montecassino, from World War II.  On 18 May 2004, Saint John Paul II, addressing the Polish President, declared: “In the military cemetery of Mount Cassin, there are tombs topped with Latin and Greek crosses, as well as tombstones bearing the Star of David. There lie the fallen heroes, united by the ideal of fighting for ‚your freedom and for ours,‘ which includes not only love for one’s own homeland, but also concern for the political and spiritual independence of other nations.“

Montecassino Abbey is known as the Lighthouse of Western Civilisation.  Let us pray Saint Benedict, patron saint of Europe, that our heroism will no longer be used in vain and terrible ways, but for the construction of a more fraternal Europe, respectful of peoples.

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