INDIA PROVINCE - STAGES OF INITIAL FORMATION
St. Augustine: “You made my heart for you and it will never find repose until it rest in you.”
Underlying such holistic understanding of experience, St. Francis de sales reveals his firm belief in the basic goodness of human person. Therefore even in sin and estrangement from God, one will experience the basic drive of human person to find union and fulfillment in God. Answering this basic drive 6 “Come and See” candidates started their Aspirancy,10 Aspirants started their Postulancy and 7 Postulants started their 1 st year Novitiate after a guided retreat by their mistresses and a resource person.
The aim of the formation is to guide a person to develop his potential to the full and enable her to accept and live the call she has received. In each of the stages, formation will have to be gradual,complete and open. The specific aim of the stages of initial formation is to provide formees who show signs of being called to our congregation,an opportunity to study their call and our congregation, with a view to arriving at a genuinely free and responsible decision. To bring about a holistic growth in all stages of formation the formees are taught Faith Formation(catechism, prayers of the church, Scripture), Religious Formation (life of Mother Foundress, charism, spirituality of D.S.H.)
Intellectual Formation, Personal Formation, Sex Education and Eco Spirituality. To strengthen their physical health and the power of concentration they are taught yoga and manual work.
I end with words of Mother Foundress “The Spouses of Jesus should resemble Him in His sufferings so that they will participate in His happiness forever in Paradise.” We congratulate all our formees and encourage and wish them Holy Perseverence with these words “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Christiand Larson