You can get involved
in WAJ in many ways. Starting with really simple acts of service like keeping
the place tidy and clean, preparing snacks and tea after prayers and meetings,
as well as helping with the preparation of prayers and serving during the
liturgy. It teaches us responsibility for each other, generosity, and
hospitality. This simple kind of involvement opens our hearts to other people’s
needs. What is more, it allows us to contribute to the great work of extending
the faith among youth. We give to others what we have, whether it is our time,
engagement, singing... and thus, we receive values – like trust, hope, and love
– that simply cannot be quantified. “It is like an inner drive – by giving I
get, and by getting I can give even more” – explains Daria.
A taste of the French
Taizé village in Poland
Taizé is an ecumenical
Christian monastic fraternity in Burgundy, France. It is a community of monks
from Protestant and Catholic traditions; these men come from all over the
world. Each year, many young people from various countries come to experience
the life of the brothers and their service. They are encouraged to live in the
spirit of kindness, simplicity, and reconciliation. Life in the village is
organized both by monks and by volunteers; nevertheless, the most amazing
aspect is that it is the pilgrims who perform everyday tasks in the community.
“For people unfamiliar
with the life of the village, such a solution may seem abstract. However, it
has its unusual charm. Through work, each person contributes to the peaceful
life of the village,” says Michał after returning from a pilgrimage to Taizé.
In WAJ, inspired by the simplicity and, at the
same time, the depth of the prayer based on the reading of the Gospel, by
singing simple canons from Taizé and practicing silent meditation (significant
in the tradition of Ignatian prayer as well), we gather to pray in that spirit.
It teaches us the simplicity of being present before God in prayer. That
simplicity opens our hearts to the experience of the tender love of God that
shows us that we do not need much to feel fulfilled.