Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Promises of a Scout

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St Joseph's Oratory
On Saturday, one of our Scouts made his promises. Like the knights of old, he spent the night before in silent prayer watching before the Blessed Sacrament. His fellow Scouts watched with him, keeping him company on the long night.

We live in a world where things are cheap, promises are made and broken, where a man's word is no longer his bond, but is an opportunity to deceive and let down another person. These promises of the Scouts are real. They are made before Almighty God.

On my honour and with the Grace of God,
I promise to do my best
to serve God,
the Church,
my Fatherland,
and Europe,
to help my neighbour in all circumstances,
and to uphold the Scout Law.

Were we to live with the same sense of devotion and service, then the world would simply be a better place. And if we prayed before the Lord before any serious decisions were made, then our word would be our bond and our promises be true.

Let us see in these modern day knights an example of simple, sweet nobility.

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