“I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her ”(Hos. 2:14)
Novitiate is the most important stage of formation. Growing in the awareness of their responsibility to live the evangelical councels throught vowed life, the novices enter into the religious life. The goal of the novitiate is prepare the novices to enter into the convenental relationship with the Eucharistic Lord, learning from Him meekness , huimility and infinit love. She plases her sole trust in Jesus and offers herself to the service of God and His people . Jesus who , led by the spirit, spent forty days in fasting and thus prepared Himself for the public life through His desert experience (Mt.4:1-11) is the model of novices.Freed from all external affairs, they centre their lives on God and always remain open to the Spirit. Thus they empower themselves to deal with the challenges of discipleship in the future.
The novices study in depth the Christian spirituality, liturgy and SABS constitution . Thus, combining knowledge and spirituality they undergo an integrated formation. Through meditative reading and study of the Sacred Scripture, they come to know Jesus more closely and strive to be identified with Him . They find joy and fulfillment in being transformed into a perpetual adorer by remaining with the Eucharistic Jesus at all times. Contemplating the divine presence within they practice selfgiving love, humility and mortification.They earnestly desir to become a living sacrifice, holy and pure, in union with Jesus, the ‘ Sacrificial Lamp’. They become suffused with the Eucharistic spirituality, which enables them actively participate in the Holy Eucharist and offer themselves on the altar of life.
An austere lifestyle is needed to remain faithful to our vocation. Hence the novices are given opportunities to practies asceticism personally and in community . Faithful observance of the constitution in itself demands real asceticism.
The duration of the novitiate is two years of which the first is the canonical year . During the canonical year the novices grow deep in their conviction that God is their only hope, treasure and security . During the second year of the novitiate , they grow in the awareness that contemplative life and active apostolic life are essential parts of our consecrated life.