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Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:15

Jazmina and Her Mother’s Illness

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Guadalupe Cedeño, Ecuador: She used to say, “To me, when you’re not doing well, when you are upset, it’s because you’re not giving God something.

Guadalupe Cedeno tells how much Jazmina’s strength of spirit in the face of her mother’s grave illness impressed her. In those very difficult moments, her motto was to not feel sorry for herself.

Shortly after Jazmina entered as a candidate, they discovered that her mother had cancer. It was about two months after Jazmina’s entrance. It was breast cancer. I was really surprised at how she lived through her mother’s illness, for Jazmina never showed that she was not doing well. She used to say, “To me, when you’re not doing well, when you are upset, it’s because you’re not giving God something. To me, that’s wanting to draw attention. Being upset, sitting there in the corner not wanting to do anything... That bothers me a lot.” She also said, “It’s probably because I’m not like that, but there are girls that really make me mad when I see them.” She was very firm in those things.

I remember her thus throughout her mother’s illness. I remember that quote that Mamie used to say: “Don’t feel sorry for yourself.” Look at the Lord on the cross and everything will be fine, because you are more focused on Him. What I saw in Jazmina was all of that. It seemed very impressive to me that she could live through her mother’s illness so well. She never showed that she was upset. I remember when the sisters or Fr. Rafael used to ask how her mother was doing, she answered that she was doing well, and there were times when her mom was very ill. In spite of the fact that her mom really was not doing well, Jazmina never was really upset. No, she was always very firm, and in fact even helping the other girls.

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