“Even a small light may bring great brightness.”
/Feri Pál, Hungarian Priest/
Scouts take the Peace Light from the Church of Nativity from Bethlehem – one of the least peaceful places on Earth –, to every country of the world during Advent and the Christmas preparations. It was the 24th time this year that the Hungarian Scout Association brought the message of Peace to our country.
The Peace Light arrived directly to Vienna from Bethlehem, and the representatives of the Hungarian Scout Association with Barnabás Buday, President of the Association, along with delegations from more than 30 countries, took over the Light on 13 December to bring it the homes of Hungarians. The three Scouts of the Hungarian delegation – Róbert Rozgonyi patrol leader, Attila Szabó patrol leader and Krisztina Túróczi scoutmaster – were given the honour due to their outstanding performance, helpfulness and devotion.
The scouts distributed the Light to the representatives of Scout groups from all around the country at a solemn ceremony at a Calvinist Church in Budapest At the ceremony Feri Pál Roman Catholic Priest gave the sermon and welcomed the Scout delegation arriving from Vienna to take the Light over from them. The priest put it wisely when he said: “Even a small light may bring great brightness to people.”
Barnabás Buday, the President of the Hungarian Scout Association handed the Peace Light over and then read the words of welcome of Csaba Böjte OFM. The friar referred to our twisted world concept in his Advent meditation, according to which “people are either good or bad, they cannot change”. By raising our attention to our need for peace he gave an example of the manifestation of love, when he mentioned a story of a child longing for love. “It is easy to condemn a child or and adult and say that he/she is bad. Let us consider a bit what happens at such times. We basically push the condemned into the hands of evil, like a trembling nestling to a wild cat. I believe that in each person the face of our Lord Jesus shines somewhere deep inside, and we are not supposed to push each other into the hands of evil, but should rather help to write, conceive and express words of love and kindness.”
Those present could take the Light home in 200 lanterns that were donated by the Hungarian Scout Association. Thanks to the Scouts the Peace Light was taken to Dunakeszi, Tata, Debrecen, Rácalmás, Kulcs, Pilisszentiván, Székesfehérvár, Törökszentmiklós, Szajol, Mátramindszent, Szuha, Bátonyterenye, Balatonboglár, Miskolc, Gyöngyös, Gödöllő andmany other cities and settlements in Hungary.
The delegation of the Hungarian Scout Association took the Peace Light to the Parliament as well, on Monday, 15 December. János Latorcai, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, took over the Light at 9 o’clock in the morning, and by this he made it possible that the Light arrived at Hungarian homes from the Parliament as well where they would burn till Christmas. Passing the light on from candle to candle symbolizes that we have to pass on peace and love just like light.