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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:00

With God’s Help, You Can Do Everything

Guadalupe Isabel Cedeño Ruiz, Ecuador:

guadalupeWe have to look at the present and try to live it well, because we don’t know if there will be a tomorrow…

Guadalupe Isabel Cedeño Ruiz is 19 years old and is a Candidate of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. She survived the earthquake that took the life of Valeria. They had known each other for years and were very close. Today she offers us a letter that Valeria wrote her for her 17th birthday. This letter helped Guadalupe to accept her vocation. 

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The letter Valeria wrote to Guadalupe

Guada, 

Sorry if you don’t like this letter with its spelling errors… You can throw it away, burn it, tear it… You can do whatever you want with it later, but read it!

I wish you a happy birthday with all my heart, Guadalupe! May God bless you on this day and may He pour forth blessings on you and on your soul. May He give you strength to respond day after day to what He is asking of you. In that way, you will be able to respond when He asks for something greater, that all of our life and love belong only to Him. 

Thank you so much for being my friend. I care for you as if you were my older sister; you have taught me so much. I am where I am thanks to you. Part of what I know is due to you and the friendship we have. 

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You are so beautiful when you smile! Our Lord and Our Lady love you a lot and don’t want you to feel bad, be sad, discouraged… Sometimes, there are reasons to feel that way, and I understand that. But those reasons are nothing in comparison with everything that we have received from Him, from the smallest to the greatest things. He chose us – we who are nothing – to be gifts for Our Lady. He brought us out of the hole that we were in… We don’t have to look back. You shouldn’t look back! We have to look at the present and try to live it well, because we don’t know if there will be a tomorrow…

With God’s help, you can do everything, even the things that you never thought that you could do. We can’t do anything by ourselves. No matter we suffer, even if we cry, we cannot ever let the Devil conquer in our lives. We have continue every day, even if it is difficult, even if we cry, wanting to leave everything behind us and stop on the way.  When you feel lonely, when everything seems dark, when you want to leave everything and stop, think about the Lord and the love He has for you.  That love will make you strong against trials, difficulties, persecutions, sufferings. The great love that He has for you will never let you fall; it will always sustain you and help you… if you let Him help you, of course.

We cause such great suffering, pain, and sadness in Our Lord and Our Lady when we don’t want to do His will, when we don’t let Him work in us, and when we say “NO” instead of a generous “YES,” like that of His Mother!

Take courage, Guada!! You can do it! Don’t be afraid, He will help you along the path, whatever it may be. He will never leave by yourself, and you will— if you really want to—become a great saint.

I care a lot for you. I pray for you and for everyone every day. I know that you are going to have enough courage to respond. I love you a lot!!

“Be good if you can.”

Our Lady will help you. She always does, although you don’t realize it…

Valeria

 

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