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Monday, 15 June 2020 21:00

Happy to Be Christian

Sr. Clare and Mother Ana in the Holy Land

I think about our persecuted brothers and sisters a lot. I pray for them, and I really feel that Sr. Guadalupe’s testimony and integrity as well as the bravery of the Nazarenes.

This is a moving extract of an email from Sr. Clare to Mother Ana Campo, Superior General of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. It is dated April 7, 2016, nine days before Sr. Clare’s death in the earthquake in Ecuador. Impressed by the witness and example of the persecuted Christians, Sr. Clare offers to go to a country where the Catholic Church is persecuted if the Servant Sisters open a community there one day..

Dear Mother,

HAPPY EASTER! Just want to say that this is the fourth or fifth attempt to send you this email. I’d written about graces received and things that seem to have happened a thousand years ago, but I want to tell you about them so that you can see what God is doing in me.

This is what is the most recent. I’ve seen Sr. Guadalupe’s (the Servant of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará) testimony three times now, and it has done me a lot of good. Thanks to her, I think about our persecuted brothers and sisters a lot. I pray for them, and I really feel that Sr. Guadalupe’s testimony and integrity as well as the bravery of the Nazarenes—like they call them in Syria—help me give my all throughout the day.

I constantly have a song stuck in my head about the persecuted Christians. It’s a song called “Soy Nazareno” [I Am Nazarene] by a guy from Argentina.  I don’t know if you’ve ever heard it, but it’s worth listening to. You can find it on YouTube. The artist’s name is Maxi Largui. Like I said, I really do feel like their dedication, sufferings and prayers help me and stir me. If one day Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother want us to open a community in one of those countries where our brothers and sisters are being persecuted, I would love to go help. I am very happy to be Christian and to belong to a family (the Church) that... what an example!

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