From the moment I first met María Augusta, two character of her traits stood out to me: her joy and her disinterested self-giving to others. She was always lovable, responsible, studious, patient, and calm whenever facing whatever circumstance. Whenever a problem arose, she always faced it by putting God in the center until she was able to resolve it.
During the first summer camp in Ecuador, I remember that she won the prize for being the best camper. She deserved it, because she gave her very best in every moment, according to what God was asking of her. Her willingness to help was amazing; she never said “no.” Whenever she realized that someone needed help, she promptly offered her aid with a smile on her face.
Although it was obvious that she was a very shy and reserved person, this was never an obstacle. Rather, she always tried to overcome her shyness in order to make God known to others through the catechism classes, encounters, retreats, and summer camps. I never saw her sad. On the contrary, she was able to make you feel the presence of God and of Our Blessed Mother even in the most tense situations.
It is obvious that, from the moment she met the Home, her life changed completely, to the point of belonging entirely to God and being a most precious gift to Our Blessed Mother!