30 July

"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. 
"

BEAUTY LEADS TO GOD

Mobile Scriptoria is an activity that takes place in all red points. Rovers and rangers can feel like copyist monks and are trying to perform the transcription of the Holy Bible. Each of the four paths has its assigned Evangelist, so together scouts are going to rewrite all four gospels. However, the activity does not consist only in copying mechanically the assigned fragment of the Bible – each fire and clan before starting Mobile Scriptoria has prayed with the fragment assigned to their unit (at the location points we saw rovers and rangers during their lectio divina or hour of light preparing for the activity). After the transcription, which is a calligraphic operation that requires much patience and precision, clans and fires are asked to also share their thoughts about the assigned fragment. All the pages, both with the fragments of the Gospel and with the thoughts of the rovers and the rangers, will be gathered in one single book, to be as simple and as beautiful as the life of a scout, and will be the Scouts of Europe’s gift to the Holy Father.  

The Mobile Scriptoria activity shows the value of work, and the time we must put into things to make them truly beautiful. At each red point, there is a particular place for the Mobile Scriptoria activity, but one of the places we visited was special – it was the Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of “Cese”, a little hermitage located into a suggestive cave.  To reach the place, you must walk about 20 minutes downhill, but it’s worth the effort. In this peaceful and quiet cave we can find rovers and rangers working on their Mobile Scriptoria pages.

When their work is finished, they have to climb back to their camp. It’s a simple, but very convincing metaphor for our life – we have to go down, make an effort to get to know ourselves, and our weaknesses in order to be raised by God’s word, and then, to go back to our reality as a new creation, strengthened by the power of our God.

 

 

Justyna Schönthaler

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