Reflections - Friars in Novitiate
Their Vocation Journey Continues...
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Joseph Anderson, O.F.M., Cap.
As I look back on my year as a postulant, it is clear to me that it was a year of ongoing conversion. When the visible moments of conversion were clear to me, I had a deep sense of joy. At times, visible happiness came with this joy, and at other times, deep internal movement that made my heart grow came with this joy. Each time my heart grew, I knew I had to leave a habit or way of thinking behind in order for this growth to be real. Thus, joy required me to grieve, but in the grief, I knew I was right where I needed to be. Knowing I am where I need to be is joy for me.
Now, as I am getting ready for the novitiate year, I am filled with joy. I am happy and leaving some people and things behind. I am joyously grieving for what was, and taking the next few weeks to prepare and open my heart for what is to be.
Victor Russak, O.F.M., Cap.
I can honestly say that postulancy has been the most transformative year of my life. Not only was an opportunity to grow in my relationship with God, but it allowed me the space and resources to grow and mature in all aspects of my character, especially, with the grace of God and my formators, into a new emotional and affective maturity that has opened up many doors for me. I gained tools to learn how to self-reflect, to come to know myself better, and so realize areas where I can continue to grow and mature.
I am grateful for the gift of my brothers, even when we get on each other’s nerves. There really is something to be said for learning how to live in healthy relationship with four other guys from completely different backgrounds. I am extremely grateful for all of the blessings I have received this past year.
And now novitiate is on the doorstep. Every day closer brings more anticipation and excitement. I cannot wait to be invested into the habit which represents so many men from centuries before me, men who dedicated their lives to God and to God’s people, men who lived out their faith and vocation with zeal and perseverance.
As novitiate nears, all that comes to mind is a phrase that one of our friars told me: “You do not enter religious life for yourself. You enter religious life to give yourself totally to the service of the other.” I only hope that one day I will be able to adopt this maxim into my life, to grow in my love for God, God’s church, and God’s people. All things are possible for God.