The Novice Master and the Novices were invited to talk to the Cambourne Youth Group about vocation and religious life. Why would anyone give up the chance of marriage? Children? A career? Why would anyone want to walk the streets in 13th century clothing and pray six times a day at least? The brothers spoke about how they heard the voice of Christ in their lives causing them to fall in love and leave all things behind to follow him in a radical way.
The friars were impressed with the articulate, considerate and thoughtful questions from the group as well as their generous hospitality. Over food we discussed our day to day life, the vow, the rule of St. Augustine, what we did before we joined the order, challenges we face, how we relax and wind down and the hopes of the young people for their own futures.
‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. A sense of awe came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need. With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’(Acts 2:32-37)
The brothers left feeling renewed and encouraged by the faith of the Cambourne Youth Group having seen the goodness of the Lord.
‘Let no one disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity’ – 1 Timothy 4:16
Please keep the Cambourne Youth Group and the Novices in your prayers as they as they continue to listen attentively to the voice of the Lord, discerning their future.