The pilgrimage of trust. A conversation with Brother Emile

Posted on May 17, 2019

A small seed from France, where the community was founded by Brother Roger at the beginning of World War II, spread to the Middle East.

Brother EMILE Community of Taizé “When you’re a pilgrim, you know it’s best not to have much luggage. This is the spirit we want to bring to encourage young people to enter into the reality of life, even if they don’t have all the answers, but with faith in God. Pilgrimage is an important word because you do it with your faith. But trust is another important word: trust in God, among people, sometimes even in ourselves.”

Brother EMILE, Community of Taizé “Today Taizé is two things: it is a community of Brothers, there are 100 of us both Catholics and Protestants, and it is also a place where hundreds, hundreds of thousands of young people come every year for a week to try and deepen their faith and prepare themselves to bring peace and reconciliation to where they live.”

To live in communion with God through prayer and to be a source of peace and trust. Today Taizé evokes reconciliation, communion and gathers around it hundreds of young people from all over the world who want to undertake their own personal “pilgrimage of trust”.

Brother EMILE, Community of Taizé “When you’re a pilgrim, you know it’s best not to have much luggage. This is the spirit we want to bring to encourage young people to enter into the reality of life, even if they don’t have all the answers, but with faith in God. Pilgrimage is an important word because you do it with your faith. But trust is another important word: trust in God, among people, sometimes even in ourselves.”

A small seed from France, where the community was founded by Brother Roger at the beginning of World War II, spread to the Middle East. Here in Jerusalem, thanks to its vocation to unity, it was called already in the 1960s to be a firm and constant presence. A dream that came true only 3 years ago, however, at the invitation of the ecumenical centre Tantur, which hosts every year a month of meetings and prayers with the songs of Taizé. The Salesians also open the doors of their home monthly.

Brother EMILE, Community of Taizé “When we find ourselves together, no matter what our affiliation is, we have the Gospel, the mystery of God is at the centre of the faith which can be expressed in different ways, in different liturgies but Christ is not divided, as St. Paul said.”

In the spirit of reconciliation and friendship, Taizé welcomes and gathers together Christians, Muslims and Jews who have a common desire to set out because “what unites us is stronger than what divides us”.

Brother EMILE Community of Taizé “Who can better understand what’s in a Muslim’s heart these days? People of faith. As Christians, we can understand what a Muslim has in his heart, what it means to trust in God, to surrender to him. Today the mission of every Christian is to learn the best from every religion, not to judge it from the negative points but from the positive ones and we do it in a simple way by gathering together in friendship and sharing. Let us not let fear take over in our lives; when fear takes over it is never good for people, society and the church: let us seek ‘trust’.”