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.
One day, while praying before the Eucharist, Valeria had a very strong experience: Jesus spoke to her, telling her that her vocation was to consecrate herself to Him. She was so happy when she came out of the chapel! Just at that moment I was crossing the courtyard and she said, “Sister, now I know what Jesus wants of me. He wants me to be a Servant Sister.” From that moment on, her gaze was fixed on the Servant Sisters, and whenever she spoke about the Sisters, it was as if she was already a Sister herself. She spoke of us with a special love. One day I asked her, “Why do you speak of the Servant Sisters with such love?” And she responded, “Because whenever I see you all, I feel very close to the Virgin Mary. You manifest Her to me. And how do I speak about the Virgin Mary? Well, with a lot of love.”
On another occasion, she told me that 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. She was so in love with her vocation that she wrote, “100% SHM” in her notebooks and textbooks.
God continued to speak to her often about her vocation in those days. In one of her classes, they read “For You the Glory, for Me the Confusion,” a book about the vocations of the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother. They read Fr. Juan’s story, where Fr. Rafael asked Fr. Juan, “Do you want to be [a priest] like me or with me?” The question was whether he wanted to be a Diocesan priest or a Servant Priest of the Home of the Mother. Fr. Juan’s response was, “I want to be a priest with you.” With that response, the Lord spoke to Valeria. She experienced that Jesus said to her, “And you, with the Servant Sisters until the end.” She saw this as an enormous grace. And she took the phrase as her motto that year. I think she truly made it a reality until the end.
The thought of having to leave her grandparents behind was very difficult for Valeria. They were everything to her and she was very grateful to them. She said, “I am going to disappoint them, because they think I am going to take care of them until the end.” But she knew that the Lord came first, and that the Lord would take care of them Himself. In prayer it was very clear to her. She said that she couldn’t deny Jesus anything. Even though leaving her grandparents would be a great sacrifice for her, she offered it to Jesus out of love and with joy.