Catholic Scouts and vain-glory

Social elitism is a cancer that plagues humanity. To believe one is above another is the antithesis of the Christian Ideal.

The Scout serves. Social climbing is not a service to our neighbour, quite the opposite, it separates us further from our neighbour, particularly the poor, the rejected, the downtrodden. Social climbing is a pyramid. The more one goes up the fewer friends one has until ultimately at the top, one is truly alone, that is hell.

There is another particularly loathsome evil, of the pompous attitude one can have thinking one is doing a good deed.

In both these evils, the core is egotistical vain-glory. The seeking of ones own glory. One seeks it publicly often at the cost of our neighbour, while the other is more interior and rots the inner self and thus poisons outward relations.

The poor despise those who glorify themselves for the good deeds that they perceive they are doing. The Saints had it right when they said how they must forget themselves in order to serve.

Forgetting self in order to serve is an upside-down triangle, the more one serves (moves up), the more friends one has. In the end one enjoys the bliss of the communion of saints, in serving one is never alone. But be prepared, to serve is to forget oneself, that can be a high price to pay for some, and so it should be…

From the Holy Gospel according to Luke:

22:24 And there was also a strife amongst them, which of them should seem to be the greater.
22:25 And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them are called beneficent.
22:26 But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger: and he that is the leader, as he that serveth.
22:27 For which is greater, he that sitteth at table or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth.

The greatest maxim a Catholic Scout can live by is:
Do what Jesus would do

A Scout seeks Truth

A Scout is a pathfinder, he seeks a way. His job is to find things, and in finding them he finds truth.

I think that I am reiterating something many people have said, in saying that we live in times when the trend is to give up on objective truth. But a scout can’t live like that.

Imagine, two scouts arrive at camp, and one says to the other “collect some wood for the fire” and some time later the other scout comes back with a pile of stones. The first says to the second, “I said wood, not stones”, the second says “but this is wood”. The second scout would be considered mad. He’d certainly loose the confidence of his fellow.

Wood is wood is wood. So truth is too. A Catholic Scout must be a champion of Truth, to stand up for what is and to resist with all his might what is not.

Evil reigns when good men scouts do nothing.