Wednesday, 05 April 2017 21:00

She Helped You with a Lot of Joy

Mayra y la hna. Leti

Guadalupe Cedeno Ruiz, Ecuador:  Even though she might have been feeling badly because of [her struggles with] her vocation and not responding to it, she would always help you with so much joy if she noticed that you were not doing well, and would encourage you a lot.

GuadalupeGuadalupe Cedeno Ruiz is from Playaprieta in Manabi, Ecuador and is a candidate of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. On the night of the earthquake on April 16, 2016, she was rescued from beneath the rubble of “Holy Family” School. She saw Mayra’s smiling face for the last time just a few minutes before the earthquake took place. In light of that smile, she recalls the first part of her memories of Mayra before her entrance into the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother.

I met Mayra at my first summer camp because she was my team leader. She was not a candidate yet. I thought she was really nice right from the start. She was very happy and got along with you because of her simplicity, youthfulness, joy and enthusiasm. From the start I liked to be with her. I was 16 at the time. I wasn’t familiar with the Home of the Mother yet, and the fact that she was my team leader helped a lot. When Mayra saw that the team was having problems, she never got angry when she had to correct us, but instead did everything with a lot of joy and at the same time with firmness. She corrected you, but her correction helped you a lot.

Because Mayra was from Chone, I only saw her when she came to the Home’s activities when Chone and Playa Prieta got together. I remember that she was always easy to get along with. I loved her a lot from the very beginning. In a get-together during the Carnival [Break], they put us in the same group. It was very beautiful. I always wanted to be with her and learned a lot from her. She could be feeling very bad, very bad [spiritually], but she never showed it. Even though she might have been feeling badly because of [her struggles with] her vocation and not responding to it, she would always help you with so much joy if she noticed that you were not doing well, and would encourage you a lot.

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If you have any favors, memories or stories about Sr. Clare or any of the 5 postulants who died in Ecuador, please send us an email: sisterclare@homeofthemother.org

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