Carolina Aveiga, Ecuador:
"The last time I saw her, she gave me a big hug and told me: I don’t ever want to see you sad. Do what you have to do."
Knowing Mayra has been truly crucial for me. She was the one who welcomed me and encouraged me when I was trying to return to God. I remember her always encouraging me when I felt like I couldn’t go on. If, for one day, I did not go to the Sisters' house, she and Jazmina would call me to ask why I hadn’t gone and encourage me to go.
When she wanted to tell me something, she would just look at me and I already knew. One time she told me: “Mi niña [a term of endearment in Spanish, literally “my little girl”] – which is what she used to call me) – never abandon prayer because prayer is what is going to give you strength to endure everything. You are called to great things. You have to be strong and do a lot of apostolate. Give it your best! I want to see you spiritually strong.”
The last time I saw her, she gave me a big hug and told me, “I don’t ever want to see you sad. Do what you have to do.” I didn’t fully understand before, but now I understand why she said this to me.