Each year literally thousands of pilgrims make their way to Taize in France, most of them young people, and a large proportion not Christians in any recognized sense. Their time there is carefully prescribed, but non-directive. Their own conversations, the communal prayer, and the ecumenical life of the brothers all have a profound impact.
"Some people come to Taize in a last attempt to find something in the Church. Are my words going to drive them away for good, and without hope? I search deep within myself for some word, some image. And, maybe it is I who am most surprised of all by the words I utter.....
It is the thirst that I sense in the young people on the hill. For them, as for every generation, it is strong to the point of anguish...." ---- Brother Roger of Taize
Outside the church at Taize we find these words:
Be reconciled all who enter here: parents and children, husbands and wives, believers and those who cannot believe, Christians and their fellow Christians.