POSTULANCY Period of Special Preparation to Novitiate Postulancy “Postulancy is a time for self discovery, self knowledge and self

acceptance which is constantly realized in free self giving to Christ, first and foremost and to the community. That’s why this self-giving is not an abstract reality but a self-giving to Christ in the context of a community. Therefore a Postulant should be able to find his God in the members of the community and give himself to them in generous service. This will bring out a postulants dedication to serve and love the invisible God in the visible members of a community. The postulant’s sense of community and his ability to find Christ in that community expresses in a deeper level his ability to discern his call to love and serve as a religious missionary in the Society of the Divine Word.” Areas of Development: 1. Spiritual:  That the postulant shows an openness to grow through direction and guidance.  Values prayer in his own life and in the life of the community.  Has a personal and enriching relationship with God.  Has some understanding of sinfulness in himself and in others and tries to go beyond it.  Becomes aware that his personal spirituality is the result of God’s action in all circumstances of his life and his response to that action.  That he learns to walk in faith.  Recognizes his vocation as a call from God to the Society of the Divine Word.  Cultivates his love for and commitment to the Society, its spirituality and its apostolates.  Is interested in and open to live by the Word of God with the hope of becoming its minister.  Sees the value of and cultivates interest in spiritual reading regularly.  Sees the Eucharist as the source of his apostolic holiness and actively participates in the liturgy.  Has an appreciation of the Sacrament of Penance.  Shows a spirit of renunciation and self denial, believing that no one can genuinely devote himself to God and humankind without self denial.  Is aware that holiness comes through his apostolic work, the observance of the evangelical counsels and community life.  Is growing towards a good understanding of the Church and its mission. 2. Apostolic:  That the postulant sees himself as a collaborator with Christ.  Is familiar with the world, its values and problems, and yet is detached from it when involves himself in secular affairs.

 Takes initiative in his work and shows perseverance.  Shows good judgement, is flexible and cooperative.  Achieves the necessary balance between the time given to the apostolate and suitable periods devoted to prayer and thoughtful reading.  Is open to suggestions, to correction as well as to appreciation.  Knows how to handle hardships, disappointment, failure and stress.  Is diligent and shows enthusiasm for his work.  Can work as a member of a team.  Emerges sufficiently to show that he fits into the Society’s charism. 3. Affective:  The postulant shows certain directedness of life and organization of it in terms of goals.  He is fairly well in touch with himself, his own feelings, and of the impact his life on others and their impact on him.  He is able to express his feelings appropriately.  He has sufficient experience with and is capable of growing in heterosexual relationships.  He balances his need for dependence with his need for independence.  He shows insight into the nature and function of his emotions, their advantages and disadvantages.

 He sees those areas of his life where there is immaturity, and sees this immaturity not as a sickness or a condition of life, but as an area where growth can take place.
 He is able to deal with periods of quiet and is capable of handling loneliness.  He shows compassion in his dealings with others.  He shows some insight and is able to distinguish between pretence and genuine performance.  He shows a sense of hope, the enduring belief that with goodwill problems can be overcome.  He has faith and love that basically he can rely on another and is able to maintain friendships in spite of inevitable differences. 4. Community:  That the postulant comes to appreciate himself as a person in the community and shows willingness to be involved in the building of community.  Considers the welfare of others as important as his own.  Expresses a sense of belonging to the community through his generosity: “this is my home”; “these are my brothers”.  Has a basic understanding of authority; is able to approach authority figures.  Works for unity and sees his obedience as a means towards building community.

 Has a sense of initiative and responsibility for the common good, has an eye for things that need to be done and does them.  Has an appreciation for manual work and volunteers his services readily.

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