No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. — Lord Baden-Powell

Saint of The Month, St. Hugh of Lincoln  

Our saint for the month of May is Hugh of Lincoln.

Born to the nobility, the son of William, Lord of Avalon. His mother Anna died when he was eight, and he was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit in France. Monk at 15. Deacon at 19. Prior of a monastery at Saint-Maxim. Joined the Carthusians in 1160. Ordained in 1165. In 1175 he became abbot of the first English Carthusian monastery, which was built by King Henry II as part of his penance for the murder of Thomas Becket.

His reputation for holiness spread through England, and attracted many to the monastery. He admonished Henry for keeping dioceses vacant in order to keep their income for the throne. He resisted the appointment, but was made bishop of Lincoln on 21 September 1181. Restored clerical discipline in his see. Rebuilt the Lincoln cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in 1185.

Hugh denounced the mass persecution of Jews in England in 1190-91, repeatedly facing down armed mobs, making them release their victims. Diplomat to France for King John in 1199, a trip that ruined his health. While attending a national council in London a few months later, he was stricken with an unnamed ailment, and died two months later.

St. Hugh’s emblem is a white swan, in reference to the beautiful story of the swan of Stowe which contracted a deep and lasting friendship for the saint, even guarding him while he slept.


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Our Daily Bread  

As often as you can, when you are hearing Mass, you will of course receive Holy Communion. You can go to Holy Communion provided that:

  1. You cannot remember having committed any mortal sin which has not since been confessed and forgiven.
  2. You have fasted from solid food for at least one hour.
  3. Your main reason for wanting to receive our Blessed Lord is just to please Him and to learn to love Him better.

When we invite the King of Heaven into our hearts we naturally try to prepare them as well as we can; and after He has come, we are careful to spend some time in thanking him and telling Him about ourselves and our needs. You will find in this book prayers for preparation and thanksgiving. But do not forget that these are only to help you to speak to our Lord, and to keep your thoughts from wandering away to other things. What He likes best is for use to tell Him in our own words how we believe that He is really present, God and Man, in the Blessed Sacrament; how we love Him and trust to Him; how sorry we are for having displeased Him; and how we mean with His help never to offend Him again. And after Communion He likes us, when we have thanked Him as well as we know how, to tell Him all about ourselves, and our friends; and to ask Him in our own way for help in our difficulties and temptations, and for all the things we want for ourselves and for others. If you try, it is quite easy to do this without a book; and you ought to learn to do it, because when you serve Mass, you cannot use a book and do the ceremonies really well at the same time. This does not mean that the book is no use. It is very useful, but it is a help, not a necessity: for one reason of another you may find yourself without one, and Explorers especially should always be prepared (semper parati!) to get along if need by, and do things properly, without having anything more in the way of tools than is absolutely necessary.

Adapted from The Catholic Scout’s Prayer Book, London: The Catholic Truth Society (1912)

Meeting Summary for April 26,  

Lions were on the prowl at the beginning of the night! The boys enjoyed a rousing game of Red Lion as they waited for the Circle to be called. At the Circle Akela gave us some updates on our camp in NY in June and introduced us to the requirements for the evangelist badge.

Baloo then led the boys in a discussion on bearing one anothers’ burdens, reflecting on Galatians 6:2. But then big trouble broke out! There was an outbreak of a terrible virus in DiMarzio Hall! To escape the threat, the boys had to carry their fainting brothers to the other end of the hall until there was only one left. After the threat had passed, all the boys who had sucummed carried their last remaining brother back to home base!

Next up, Bagheera gave the boys a lesson on the first law of the Exlporers, and taught our first knot tighing lesson. The boys worked on making a square knot. We got a lot of granny knots in the mean time, but the boys soon got the hang of it. Bahgeera also recommended this great web site for learning about all kinds of knots.

Rama followed up with a quick lesson on our saint of the month, St. George.

Our exlorers played a quick game of Flying Dutchmen, then broke into two groups where they worked on short skits together. We had one skit featuring the ‘terrible magician’ and another skit featuring the ‘terrible shcool teacher’.

We followed with a game of Shark Attack, where unsuspecting beach goers were pulled uner the water (parachute) by ravenous sharks! Our life gaurds worked hard to save them, but in the end the sharks ate everyone.

The meeting wrapped up with our prayers in the chapel lead by our sixers, and the final Circle. As we got ready to leave for the night, the Exlporers took it upon themselves to start practicing camp songs for our camp in June!

Hearing Mass  

Some people, whose duties begin very early in the morning or keep them up very late at night, have an excellent reason for not hearing Mass every week-day as well as on Sundays — they can’t. Not only is it an excellent reason, it is the only good one there is. Explorers as well as other people do sometimes find themselves face to face with it. Nevertheless, when there is some good thing to be done, “Can’t” is a reason an Explorer does not like. It so often turns out, when you come to examine it, to be a sham — merely “Won’t” or “Won’t try” in disguise; and Explorers detest a sham. Moreover, being accustomed to use their heads and think, they are not easily taken in by a false “Can’t”; and this is why so many Catholic Explorers are to be seen hearing Mass almost every day, for they know quite well that here is the best thing in the world to be done, and therefore they are not going to miss taking part in it without the best of reasons for so doing. The rest have met with a real “Can’t“; and when that happens there is nothing for it but to just salute and retire gracefully — when you have made quite sure that it is real. Of course if you simply lie in bed you don’t meet anything — real or sham; but Explorers usually go to bed early unless duty keeps them up, and so are able to get up early; and not being lazy they do it. Laziness and Exploring can’t go together (this is a real “Can’t“); you just have to give up one or the other.

Adapted from The Catholic Scout’s Prayer Book, London: The Catholic Truth Society (1912)

Explorers at Mass