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Strong heat in Normandy. 50 guides and scouts enter the forests in order to install 9 km of water pipelines for 200 cubemeters of water for 12000 people who will arrive with 200 buses in a few days only. Excellent spirit, great atmosphere, laughter, smiling, enthusiasm are the accompanying the strongly working teams.

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Change of scene. Strong rain in Normandy. Point 309. Dozens of trucks with materials get unloaded: toilets, tubes, electrical generators and lines, and wood. Heavy work. At the same time everybody knows that these works are done for the sake of 12000 girls and boys. Not just to make them live, but to let them meet Christ our Savior.

 

Change of scene. The area of the ceremonies. Huge. Breathtaking. An area for 12000 guides and scouts who will live an amazing ceremonies and Holy Masses. The flagstaffs are already there. The flags are still missing. You are missing. The Guides and Scouts of Europe.IMG_2086

There are only in few hours to prepare. Are you semper parati? The Eurojam volunteers are…

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Dear friends, 

Passing the French-German border 30 minutes ago, I want to share my satisfaction, yes enthusiasm about the Unit Leaders Camp with you. “Come and See” will not get a reality, it has already been a reality, and is a reality from now on. Five hundred unit leaders united in deep silence in front of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament surrounded by a patrol tent, meals in international patrols, joyful campfires and spectacles, intensive conferences and exchanges… ended up in seeing French guides and scouts greeting their Italian sisters and brothers leaving by bus with enthusiastic La-ola waves!

Many things are still to improve, but the Eurojam preparation has now really, really got in touch with Normandy, with the land of Saint-Hubert, and everybody knows about the last efforts to give in the upcoming weeks. We are sailing in the wind of the Holy Spirit facing the storms of our difficulties. But we are decisively on the Eurojam boat from now on, we fix everything more and more tightly, and invite more and more people to get on deck of the ship.

Thanks to all volunteers, thanks to all the preparation team, thanks to France, thanks to all associations which send their leaders under extreme sacrifices of time and money!

I cannot await the moment of the opening ceremony on August 3rd, day of the 100th anniversary of the sacerdotal ordination of father Jacques Sevin.

Let us boost the preparation of the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus within your associations  from today on. The ground we are working on, our unit leaders, are well prepared. We just have to sow.

Duc in altum!

Martin Hafner 

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Chers amis,

J’ai traversé la frontière entre la France et l’Allemagne il y a une demi-heure et je voudrais partager avec vous ma satisfaction, mon enthousiasme même, au sujet du Camp des Chefs d’Unité. « Venez et Voyez » ne va pas devenir une réalité : ça l’est déjà, à partir de maintenant. Cinq cents chefs d’unité rassemblés dans un profond silence devant Jésus dans le Saint-Sacrement abrité sous une tente de patrouille, des repas en patrouilles internationales, de joyeux feux de camp et spectacles, des conférences et échanges intenses… et finalement les guides et scouts français faisant une ola enthousiaste pour dire au revoir à leurs frères et sœurs italiens qui repartaient en bus !

Il reste encore beaucoup de choses à améliorer mais la préparation de l’Eurojam a vraiment pris racine en Normandie, sur la terre de Saint-Hubert, et chacun sait quels derniers efforts il doit fournir dans les semaines à venir. Nous naviguons au vent de l’Esprit Saint, affrontant les orages de nos difficultés. Mais nous sommes pour de bon dans le bateau de l’Eurojam maintenant, nous arrimons tout de façon plus solide, et nous invitons de plus en plus de gens à monter à bord.

Merci à tous les volontaires, merci à toute l’équipe de préparation, merci à la France, merci à toutes les associations qui envoient leurs chefs, moyennant des sacrifices énormes de temps et d’argent !

Je suis impatient d’être à la cérémonie d’ouverture du 3 août, jour du 100° anniversaire de l’ordination sacerdotale du père Jacques Sevin.

Intensifions la préparation à la consécration au Cœur Sacré de Jésus dans nos associations à partir d’aujourd’hui. Le terreau sur lequel nous travaillons, nos chefs d’unité, est bien préparé. Nous n’avons plus qu’à semer !

Duc in altum !


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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

The Church thoughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

URBI ET ORBI / PASQUA 2014

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