Karolina Vera: Sr. Clare was living like a real Christian, dying to what she liked and felt like doing. She told me once that we have a huge responsibility to pray for our brothers and sisters, the persecuted Christians.
I remember that time when a group of us girls were in Holy Family Educational Center’s auditorium with the sisters. Sr. Clare and the five girls who passed away along with her in the earthquake on April 16, 2016, were also there. One of the sisters showed us a video of Sr. Guadalupe, SSVM and missionary in the Middle East for almost 20 years, talking about the persecuted Christians and her experiences with the persecuted Christians in Aleppo.
At the end of the video, all of us were really impacted by this woman’s witness and the persecuted Christians’ bravery and love. I remember particularly that Sr. Clare was really touched. She deeply admired our persecuted brothers and sisters in Syria, especially those who gave their life for the Lord.
At the end of the video there was a song called Soy Nazareno [I Am Nazarene] by Maxi Larghi and a lot of pictures of Christians in the Middle East. These are the lyrics [originally in Spanish]:
After listening to that song, Sr. Clare told us that it wasn’t a joke or just any other song. She told us that what the lyrics say is very serious and that we shouldn’t just sing it for no reason. She said that if we weren’t willing to die to ourselves and fight seriously to live like real Christians it would be better not to sing it.
Weeks after this episode, Sister came one day and told us that she was going to learn the chords to be able to play and sing that song. When she told us this, my interpretation was that Sr. Clare was living like a real Christian, dying to what she liked and felt like doing, which is why she dared to look for the chords and lyrics to the song to be able to sing it.
Sr. Clare told me once that we have a huge responsibility to pray for our brothers and sisters, the persecuted Christians because they need our prayers to be strong and faithful unto death. So since that day, I pray for them.
One week before she died, Sr. Clare wrote me a letter. In the header she drew the letter “nun” (the symbol of the Christians). Underneath, between musical notes, she wrote: “I am Nazareeene.”