During those days which the men spent with us they had lots of time to pray, to contemplate, to listen and to discuss. I also believe that their openness and trust were significant factors contributing to faith filled activities. It was uplifting seeing them embracing prayers in an intimate and communal way. As I was observing them from my back seat in the seminary chapel I could see how much they were involved in those quite moments of conversation with the Dear Lord. However when it came to praying together they prayed as if they were the best integrated team, even shyness at singing evaporated very quickly. I hope that they got some insight into what Jesus is planning for them at the end of the weekend but I also hope that they are aware how much they helped and contributed to the discernment of each other by creating such a strong community of Jesus’ disciples over those days.
Prayerful attitude flowed into other activities, whether it was a discussion session, a talk given by an Oblate priest, a meal or washing-up (by the way no one even tried to excuse himself from washing dishes).
As the boys have returned to their homes we pray for the Holy Spirit for them as they continue to discern their vocation. Please pray for them too.