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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 21:00

Anything for Her

Sister Clare

Coming back from the first Rosary at Dawn, we had adoration. I read a sentence that helps me every day when I get up. It said, “Ad majora natus sum,” which literally translates to “I was born for greater things.”

On May 26, 2015, Sr. Clare wrote this email to Father Rafael and Mother Ana to tell them about her experience when the month of May was about to begin. The parish organized Rosaries at Dawn which meant getting up earlier than the usual early hour. In all simplicity, Sr. Clare exposes to her superiors the difficulty that waking up so early—in a place where the human body is reluctant because of the heat and fatigue—meant for her. For Our Blessed Mother, Sr. Clare was willing to do anything. The Lord used that circumstance to encourage her to take another step of generosity toward Him.

Dear Father and Mother,

I have to confess something… It is pretty hard for me to get up at the time we start the day here: five in the morning. Especially when we do not have school and we get up at that hour… it’s a “little-big” torture.

For the month of May we pray the Rosary at Dawn very early, that is, at five o’clock in the morning. The first one fell on May 1st, first Friday. Since we have adoration on Thursday nights and take turns praying before the Blessed Sacrament, we had to get up earlier than five o’clock to pray the Rosary. Sister said she wasn’t sure if we were going to go or not and asked, “Should we go?” What came out of me was a big, “Of course!!” How were we not going to make that sacrifice for Our Lady? Anything for Her.

In that moment, the Lord’s unmistakable voice said, “My daughter, why do you not have that attitude when, through obedience, I ask you to wake up every morning? For my Mother you will make this sacrifice, and for Me, Who am God, will you not do so if I ask you to for the rest of your life?” I did not know what to say after that.

Coming back from the first Rosary at Dawn, we had adoration. I read a sentence that helps me every day when I get up. It said, “Ad majora natus sum,” which literally translates to “I was born for greater things.” It’s a sentence that the ancients used to say when they wanted to reject magnanimously what they thought was mediocre, vulgar or evil. I was born for greater things!

Why has it helped me so much? Because in prayer I understood that I have to turn everything I do, especially getting up at five o’clock in the morning, into a “sacrifice of praise.” I have to elevate that action that is so hard for me into something great. God asks this sacrifice of me because He will do something great with it. I finished prayer sure of this: “Ad majora natus sum.”

Sr. Clare

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