Having been contemplating his future path for some time, Cuthbert decides to take the plunge. He trades in his spear for a pruning hook, his sword for a ploughshare, and his horse for a family. He is drawn to his local monastery of Melrose, rather than the renowned community on Holy Island, by the reputation for holiness of the prior, Boisil, with whom he was to form a firm bond of friendship and respect. So begins his life as a monastic in the Irish tradition.
Jesus, driven out of his home town of Nazareth in the hills, heads north, up to the top end of the Sea of Galilee, to the fishing village of Capernaum, where he settles for a while. From there he gathers his first disciples.