I met Mayra at the sisters’ school. I was spending some time with the sisters and was going to enter in the Servant Sisters. I remember that she always had a smile on her face and that she was always very kind. The sisters told me how she had had a difficult time in going through with her vocation. I admired her a lot.
One thing that I remember fondly was when I was going to enter as a candidate and I went to the Home of the Mother Students’ Residence in Portoviejo, Manabí. All of the girls were worried about what I was going to wear for the entrance and some of them offered me their own clothes. Later they asked me about how I discovered my vocation.
When we were in the middle of all of this, the sisters arrived to pick up Mayra and I. We were going to spend the night in Playa Prieta, Manabí, and then go to Chone for my entrance as a candidate. I didn’t have anything to wear. That night Mayra explained some things to me and helped me to choose the adequate clothes. I had a lot of pants and dresses, but I didn’t usually wear skirts and the ones that I had with me weren’t the correct type. Mayra helped me to make the right choice and she was really happy that I was going to enter. She repeated several times, “Too bad I won’t be able to be there.” At that moment, I felt what it was like to be part of the Home of the Mother family. I felt as if she were my sister. I felt that I had to be the same way with others, and that each member of the community should do the same. I was impressed by how generous she was.