Each Candidate reverences the wounds of Christ Crucified on this day, just as the whole Church does on Good Friday, as an act of honor to the Cross as the means of our redemption and as an act of loving reparation to our Good Redeemer, so injured by the sins of men.
Entrance marks the end of an often difficult period of discernment in the Candidate's life, but the discernment does not cease with entrance. In a sense, a more intense period of discernment begins.
The early stages of religious life provide the Candidate with the time and guidance she needs to determine if, in fact, God is calling her to this way of life, in this particular community, living out of this particular charism, serving this particular Church, in this particular manner. It is a time of beautiful opportunities for growth in all the human as well as intellectual and moral virtues, to grow in the spiritual life, and to fall deeply in love with Christ Crucified Who has been whispering to her heart and communicating to her His Loving Presence and plan for her life.