Third Stage of Formation
Religious life begins with Novitiate which lasts for two years. In fact, for each candidate the novitiate should come at the moment when, aware of God’s call, she has reached that degree of human and spiritual maturity which will allow her to decide to respond to this call with sufficient and proper responsibility and freedom. No one should enter religious life without this choice being freely, made and without the separation from men and things which this entails being accepted. Nevertheless, this first decision does not necessarily demand that the candidate be then able to measure up immediately to all the demands of the religious and apostolic life of the Institute, but she must be judged capable of reaching this goal in stages. Most of the difficulties encountered today in the formation of novices are usually due to the fact that when we’re admitted they do not have the required maturity.