"In order to know Jesus, one has to set off.
On the way, we perceive that God is to be met in several ways:
through the beauty of his creation, when he intervenes
with love in our history, in the relations of brotherhood and
service that we have with our neighbor."
PARATE VIAM DOMINI
Father Boguslaw Migut, former Federal Religious Adviser
Dear Rangers, Dear Rovers,
1. The path of the ranger and of the rover
We describe the method of the red 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 you were in the yellow and green branch, 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 summer road 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!
Happy husband for over two years. Law Graduate of the University of Warsaw.
Year 1991. Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland.
Privately, a lover of Caucasian cuisine and jazz music.
Admits that he hardly recalls the times when he wasn’t a scout. But definitely remembers the exact month when he joined the Scouts of Europe: May 2002.
Interview with Milisenta Miseviciute
At some point it was clear for Milisenta: „I’ll be a tour guide!“ She gave up her safe job, despite the
advice of many relations, and from then on led holiday makers through her country and showed the
way to lost tourists. I could talk to her about her personal path within the FSE, about her duty as
Federal Commissioner Deputy and about the purpose of scouting.