While we were there, Valeria was very present. There was peace, and we felt as if she was smiling at us.
Sr. Merly Alcivar, Ecuador: From that moment she lived for God alone. All of her daily activities were always done joyfully out of love for Him and Our Blessed Mother.
Sr. Merly Alcivar, Ecuador: The time she would have to wait to enter the Servant Sisters didn’t matter to her (she was too young to enter, being barely thirteen at the time).
Sr. Estela Morales, SHM: Valeria irradiated goodness and had a very serene joy.
Sr. Merly Alcibar, SHM: One day when a Sister came into the classroom, it was as if everything stopped around her, and she wanted to yell out to her classmates that God had called her to be one of them.
Sr. Merly Alcibar, SHM: She never slackened in her commitments. She was a soul in love with the Heart of Jesus.
On May 14th, 2015, Valeria celebrated her last birthday here on earth. She turned 15. Her friends made her this simple video as a gift.
If you want to have enough strength to continue, you have to do prayer, pray the Rosary, and go to Mass. If you know you’re not doing well, you have to seek help.
Sr. Merly Alcybar, SHM: She saw her vocation not as a burden, but a gift. She was thirteen years old at the time.
Sr. Emma Sympson, USA: What they say about her eyes is true.
Benjamin Fenlon, UK: This photo is a treasure of Providence.
Karla Jiménez, Ecuador: "Simply reading what other people say about her motivates me to live in perfect charity, giving a constant “yes” to God."
Sr. Ruth María O’Callaghan, Ireland: From the moment I met her, her desire was always “to belong completely to the Lord and to Our Lady.”
She knew how to give me advice. Since we were the same age, I completely trusted in her and felt like she could understand me.
Guadalupe Isabel Cedeño Ruiz, Ecuador:
We have to look at the present and try to live it well because we don’t know if there will be a tomorrow…
Gema Rodriguez, Ecuador:
Andrea Alonzo Cedeño, Ecuador:
She had a magnanimous soul filled with God’s love.
Jessenia Salvatierra, Ecuador:
She said it was impossible to deny anything to Someone who deserves everything we have.
Jackelin Zambrano, Ecuador:
I found a friend in her. She encouraged me to do God’s will and helped rid me of my doubts
Erika Tuárez, Ecuador:
She was the one who tried the hardest to be pleasing the Lord.
Valeria, whom I affectionately called Valerita, was my classmate, good friend, sister, and guide.
Karolina Vera, Ecuador:
She “hated” the things of the world, sin…
Elisabeth Baca, Ecuador:
Just looking at her you felt moved to love her because she was full of God.
María Cristina Pinargote, Ecuador:
" In that moment, Valeria came in. When she found out what my dilemma was, she suggested that I could offer it up."
Sr. Virginia Jiménez, Spain:
She was observant, silent, responsible, always with a big smile, looking out for everyone… The teachers loved her a lot.
I remember her as someone who was filled with love for Jesus and Mary.
Carolina Aveiga, Ecuador:
“The girl with eyes that can read your soul.”
Sr. Kelly Pezo, SHM:
Valeria didn't like those kinds of parties. That's why the sisters, girls and other members of the Home of the Mother, organized a different kind of party for her.