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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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The Novice Becomes a Nun

The Novice Becomes a Nun

(p.48) Chapter Two The Novice Becomes a Nun
Brides of Christ
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This chapter examines the period of novitiate, or apprenticeship of religious life, in female convents in colonial Mexico. It suggests that this period was full of personal tensions, anguish, and trials and that even the most lukewarm belief in the choice of the cloister was grounded on a strong piety developed during childhood and early youth. This chapter also describes the physical and spiritual discipline inflicted on the novice in order to detach her emotionally and intellectually from her previous life and the world and highlights the importance of obedience and humility in the novitiate.

Keywords:   novitiate, religious life, female convents, colonial Mexico, piety, obedience, humility

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