Carolina Aveiga, Ecuador:
“The girl with eyes that can read your soul.”
“The girl with eyes that can read your soul.” That’s what we used to say about her, and she always just smiled. Valeria knew how to make others want to be better. When I looked at her, I just wondered how someone could give of herself so much and be so selfless. Once, I was talking with her during a pilgrimage and she said to me, “I can’t deny God anything He asks of me. How could I do that if He is God? Tell me you’ll never deny Him anything either. I mean it, Carolina, don’t deny Him anything.” It was as if those words were engraved in my mind and in my heart, and they were essential for me in that pilgrimage. Each time I saw her she said, “How are you doing? Are you being good?” That’s how she was: always attentive, always concerned about everyone.