The novitate begins with the clothing in our Dominican habit, but with a white, and not a black, veil. It is a special two-year period of coming to understand more deeply our way of life and of preparing for the taking of vows. After the novitiate is completed, first profession of vows is made. Though hidden from the eyes of the world, her religious consecration bears a wonderful fruitfulness in souls. May God be pleased to increase our numbers! How much the world needs our prayers! After first profession, the sisters remain in the novitate until a period of integration into the professed community.
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The first or 'canonical' year is a special time in which the novice is given more time for personal prayer and spiritual reading. In addition there is theological and personal formation under the guidance of the novice mistress. Temporary profession.
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In this way, if we are faithful we become clearer witnesses in the Church to the good things of the heavenly kingdom" Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph , Ch. Fundamental Constitutions of the Order of Preachers. The Libellus of Bl.
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The Contemplative Dimension of Dominican Spirituality. Yet, for me, it was not meant to be.
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Many women, however, have been called to the Dominican Nuns' contemplative way of life. It is so interesting to read of the various ways God speaks to a soul.
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There is no set blueprint, no formula by which someone can be certain that they have a call to contemplative life. Sometimes it was an interior voice that spoke in a woman's heart. Other times, it was the simple unfolding of circumstances that led a woman to the Dominicans' door.
There is no set background a woman must have had. Some were cradle Catholics. Others were converts to the faith. Some knew from a young age that they were meant to live out their lives as a religious sister. Others took a much more circuitious route to discover where they belonged.
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Some had seriously considered marriage. Others knew that God was their only true love. Many had to try out life in several different types of religious communities before they found where they belonged.