Hi Father! How are you? I hope you are doing very well. This is Valeria, from the Home of the Mother at Playa Prieta.
Well, I am writing because I want to tell you about so many things, now that I finally gathered the courage to write to you. One of the things that I want to tell you is that my fifteenth birthday was May 14. It was a day filled with graces and joy in my heart. Before that day, I was not doing well at all. Sometimes I really disappoint myself. During Spiritual Exercises and when you were in Ecuador [Valeria refers to the days in which Fr. Rafael and M. Ana, Superior General of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, had been in Ecuador a short time before], I was doing very well. After that, my torment began, or rather God’s torment.
You and the Sisters always tell me that I have to be a good student, because I am not excellent. And since we had just started classes, I fell into despair. I am not going to say that I did not study, because I did study, and quite a lot! I began to worry more about my studies than God. Luckily, I did not leave off anything, neither prayer nor Mass... But I continued to despair a great deal. They were very difficult moments of temptation to leave everything and dedicate myself to studies alone. Thanks be to God, I have very good people around me who always helped me, and while I did not want to show what was happening to me, some of them noticed. Weeks went by, and the more I studied, the worse my grades were... Our Lord and Our Mother made me see that I was not studying for God’s glory and honor. They are both so good!
Ok, continuing with my birthday. The whole day was a grace after grace. After school, I invited the girls for lunch at my house. Mass was at 6:00pm, and afterwards they had a surprise prepared for me! In brief, my dress was a pink Servant Sisters’ habit. I cannot deny that when I saw it tears came to my eyes upon seeing how good the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother are. The girls and candidates put in on me. Then a special celebration was waiting for me in the assembly hall... I do not know how to thank the Lord for what He does for me.
That happiness did not last long, because I went back to being sad and tired... Now you understand that it was because I am disappointed in myself. I tried to act like I was fine, but I could not. And if I could, it lasted maybe two or three days. About three weeks ago, we had a retreat with the girls in Playa Prieta. That retreat also did a lot of good to my soul. I needed it. My batteries were recharged. Once again, the Devil tried to get in the way, but he was not able to like he planned... I spoke with my spiritual guide and she helped me discover many things, one of them being my dominant defect, which is sadness. She told me several things, including that when the Devil tried to bother me again, to remember everything that He [Our Lord] had given me and done for me, how He has helped me and how He continues to help me. That defect no longer conquers me like it used to. When a sad thought comes to me, I cut it off.
Thank so very much for everything. Say hello to the Sisters and to Mother. Tomorrow I am going to Puyo for the first time.
Pray for my family and me.
Oh! And forgive my spelling mistakes and poor expression.