Here are a few thoughts for spiritual discernment and the journey towards Western monastic or contemplative life:
- The Postulancy is the initial stage of formation typically in a three-month experience.
- Reading and studies focus on spiritual life and monastic aspiration.
- The Postulant Director or Superior meets with the Postulant briefly from time to time to discuss his or her progress and challenges, as well as to offer guidance.
- Once readiness for the Novitiate is ascertained, the Postulant prepares for the next phase of formation.
This is usually a nine to twelve month period, during which the Novice explores on a deeper level what it means to live as monastic or as an Oblate. The resolve and suitability of the Novice is further discerned. There is concentration on developing a solid contemplative foundation:
- The Novice commits to following the Rule of the respective Contemplative Order or Society
- Depending on the Order or Society, the Novice receives the Scapular or other religious Habit, which he or she may wear as appropriate and wanted.
- Otherwise, the Novice is asked to wear moderate clothing, preferably of darker hue
- The Brother or Sister becomes more fully acquainted with the many facets of contemplative life.
- Instruction by a designated Superior is given on the Rule, the Breviary or Liturgical Hours (depending on individual tradition), spiritual growth and development.
- The Novice continues to internalize and live by the spiritual and religious principles of monastic life.
Once ready, the Novice then goes on to the next step of Religious Profession.
Profession or Oblations
He or she is received as full member of the respective Contemplative Order either in the First (monks), Second (Nuns) or Third (Oblate) Order. The candidate now may wear the full Habit of the Order as appropriate.
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