Pre-Noviciado- Orientaciones desde Santa Sede

Pre-Noviciado- Orientaciones desde Santa Sede

acorn Etapa previa a la entrada en el noviciado
(Orientaciones sobre la formación de los Institutos Religiosos, Congragación para las institutos de Vida Consecrada y las Sociedades de Vida Apostólica, 1990)

Su razón de ser

42. En las circunstancias actuales y de modo bastante general, se puede decir que el diagnóstico de la Renovationis causam1conserva toda su actualidad: « La mayor parte de las dificultades encontradas en nuestros días en la formación de los novicios provienen del hecho de que éstos no poseen, en el momento de su admisión al noviciado, el minimum de madurez necesaria »[1]. Ciertamente no se le pide a un candidato a la vida religiosa ser capaz de asumir inmediatamente todas las obligaciones de los religiosos, pero se le debe juzgar capaz de conseguirlo progresivamente. Poder juzgar de esta capacidad justifica que se dé el tiempo y los medios para ello. Tal es la finalidad de la etapa preparatoria al noviciado, cualquiera que sea su nombre: postulantado, prenoviciado, etc. Corresponde únicamente al derecho propio de los institutos el precisar las modalidades de su realización pero, sea como sea, « nadie puede ser admitido sin una adecuada preparación »[2].

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Pre-Novitiate-Ways and Means to face challenges

Pre-Novitiate-Ways and Means to face challenges

call(Here are some useful tips on formation presented by Fr. Edward Mercieca SJ to the Meeting of Superiors General (USG) in his paper tittled “Present Challenges: Ways and Means that Superiors and Governing bodies of religious congregations may undertake” – Rome in 2006.)

Some points which cannot be considered completely acquired:

  1. The human person develops, grows and commits in every stage of life and in its totality: mind-heart-body; past-present-future.
  2. The way that relationships develop (quality, mode) with ourselves, with others and with our surroundings, is in direct relationship with the quality and the way we relate to God.
  3. Religious persons do not constitute a separate and distinct species from the rest of humanity; potential crises are present throughout our life journey.
  4. All that forms us as persons – intelligence, affectivity, body, language, history, etc. – is God’s grace. Stages of life, so much intimately related to our spiritual Life and our commitment, are God’s graces.
  5. In religious life one may become broken during times of crisis; bro­kenness caused by crises of losses and separations, brokenness due to crises coming from the charism/tradition of the congregation itself, brokenness caused by certain renunciations which one would have desired and chosen before.
  6. In each vital phase of life there occurs a crisis-growth experience; this is lived healthily in a cycle of confusion- pain- mature love. In religious Life these stages of life have their own specific characteristics even if deep down we share these experiences with others.
  7. Each person/religious in our case makes his own “reading” of the process. (more…)