p0SS1BLY Miss Lewis's visit to the Challenge '67 exhibition was a brief one, but let me assure her that the spirit of prayer was not absent. The oratory say a virtually unbroken succession of Masses, and one never went there without finding a complete crosssection of people, obviously in prayer. The vast chapel downstairs was always filled for the evening service late at night, and for Mass at which literally hundreds of people went to Communion.
Not only did we pray together, we worked together. There was no competitive spirit —we all worked for Christ's Church, showing her diversity, her richness, and challenging each one to take up his own vocation therein. Literature was distributed to 'all, not in the hope of "catching" someone, but to give a means of further inquiry to those who sought to take up that challenge. Those who came already aware that their vocation was to the priesthood or religibus life would probably best have been helped by inquiring more seriously about the Orders etc. to which they were attracted; grace after all builds on nature. The days when they would be asked to "sign on the dotted line" are over. All the religious I met were only too anxious to help each one to find God's Will.
Retreats probably would have been mentioned. and in fact addresses were available on several stands. In particular I would draw attention to the work of the Vocation Sisters
of 41, Bassett Road, London, W.10, and the Election/Dedication Retreats for young men and women by Fr. Brinkworth, S.J., Southwell House, Fitzjohn's Avenue, London, N.W.3.
Wyn Egerton (Miss) Westbury-on-Tryrn, Bristol.
T FIND it hard to believe
that Monica Lewis (May 5), at the age of 20, found the Vocations Exhibition so lacking in atmosphere. Does she not think there may have been something lacking in her approach to Challenge '67? I, the mother of a nun, spent a day there and was spiritually rejuvenated.
J. Merriman (Mrs.) Liverpool, 4.