No one can lay any foundation
other than the one that has been laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11
Marie Rivier presents the novitiate as a school of faith and of happiness.
There the novice learns in Jesus Christ to walk in the presence of God
and to nourish herself with the bread of his divine will. C 123
The Novice consecrates herself entirely to God.
She enters into a new life…
to be with him,
to know him,
to bind herself strongly to him,
to put on his spirit,
to enter into the way of the beatitudes,
to let grow in her a burning desire to work
at making him known and loved.
In the Novitiate, life unfolds to grow in the most profound meaning of humanity and of being a beloved child of God. In silence and solitude, a novice listens to the voice of the Lord in the depths of her heart. He attracts her to him and wills to betroth her to himself forever in love and faithfulness. C 124