If you are a postulant or novice, how does Mother Superior know if you have a sound mind, and are willing to live in humility and simplicity? Or if you have a true desire for Christian perfection? These matters are certainly important, aren't they?
DISCERNING TRUE INTENTIONS
These questions were actually asked by a religious superior centuries ago of St. Jane de Chantal, co-foundress of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, about new members. The answers were to listen to them talk about different things, and to hear what others say about them. And do their actions should speak louder than words?
St. Jane speaks clearly to us today over the centuries, for all those discerning religious life.
Go to the website of the Visitation Sisters and read the article, “Not Talk, But Actions, St. Jane Wants from Postulants.”