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).
During the three-day weekend for All Saints’ Day in 2013 we went on a pilgrimage with girls from the Home of the Mother Youth group to El Cajas Shrine in Cuenca, Ecuador. El Cajas is a place where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1988.
Valeria felt reassured in her vocation while she was there in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary. She said that she could not deny that her vocation was with the Servant Sisters and that the Virgin Mary asked her to go to daily Mass, pray more, pray a whole Rosary, and more than one if she could. In return, the Virgin promised to help Valeria be faithful in her vocation. Moreover, she had to start changing in little things, such as her studies and way of dressing. She did not dress indecently, but with some vanity in her simplicity. She also had to improve her character and work on not being so impatient.
In that place, she said her “yes” to Jesus in an aware manner. 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). What mattered was that she had said her “yes” in her heart forever.
On the way back from the pilgrimage, since she was always generous, she began to do every single thing the Virgin Mary had asked of her. She started going to daily Mass. She used to say that when she received Jesus in the Eucharist, she longed to go to Heaven to be with Him, and that she discovered more and more God’s immense love for her because He had chosen her to be his alone.