Carolina Aveiga: Her joy enveloped me. It was a joy that I didn’t have. I went home with her joy but I didn’t know what was happening.
When I was younger, I used to go the meetings for little girls with the Home of the Mother. I went to my first summer camp in 2010, and entered as an Apprentice of the Home of the Mother Youth when I was 11, if I remember correctly. However, I did not make the most of the graces I received, and shortly after, I distanced myself from the Home.
I tell all of this because Sr. Clare has a lot to do with my coming back to the Home.
My sister was the one who always invited me to the Home’s activities. I never wanted to go, until one day she told me that Fr. Rafael was going to come and Sr. Clare with him. “Who is she?” I asked my sister. She told me the best things about her. To tell you the truth, of all the things my sisters told me, the only thing that surprised me was that Sr. Clare had been an actress. After a long time, I decided to go to the sisters’ house, just to meet Sr. Clare and ask her about her movie and television experience, which was the only thing that mattered to me. When I met Sr. Clare, I was surprised to find her talking nonstop and asking questions. I just looked at her and listened. I don’t know what happened, but her joy enveloped me. It was a joy that I didn’t have. I went home with her joy but I didn’t know what was happening.
Time passed, and the sisters organized a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Olón. We were going to stop at Guayaquil, where Sr. Clare was. My sister mentioned the pilgrimage, and that she probably was not going to go. I said at once, “I am going!” To be honest, it was only because I knew that Sr. Clare was going to be there.
One night in Guayaquil, Sr. Clare told us her vocation story. This was very important for me, because it was when I started to understand a lot of things. Everything sister said penetrated my mind and my heart. I always remember this quote: “God is the One who waits for you when nothing in the world satisfies you.” She said it with so much power that I can still hear her say it over and over again. I entered the Home of the Mother Youth shortly after the pilgrimage.
I can sincerely say that Sr. Clare was the instrument the Virgin Mary used to bring me back to her Home and who She continues to use when I lose sight of my goal: Heaven.