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Sr. Julissa Macías:  She never missed an opportunity to make us laugh and lift the spirits of those who were down. All this with a deep touch because she was very much against all superficiality.

Sr. Julissa Macias was a youth member of the Home of the Mother when Sr. Clare arrived in Playa Prieta, Ecuador, in October 2014. She had a very close relationship with Sr. Clare and saw her every weekend and sometimes on a daily basis when she would go to the school to help out. In this article she tells us some of her memories. We will publish more in future articles.

I would describe Sr. Clare as a very radical person. She gave herself totally to God in every moment, in everything she did and with a great sense of humor. She never missed an opportunity to make us laugh and lift the spirits of those who were down. All this with a deep touch because she was very much against all superficiality. I remember that on several occasions she spoke to us about how much time we waste in superficialities, looking at ourselves and worried about what people will say. In the first months that she was in Playa Prieta, she would ask us, "Have you heard that song by the Colegas de San Blas called 'Vivir de paso'? You have to listen to it, that song says it all."

This also makes me remember that at a get-together in February 2016, Sr. Clare and I agreed to take pictures of the girls (it was a three-day retreat). We distorted all the photos with an app and showed them to the girls on the last day. We really enjoyed seeing their faces. Sr. Clare told me, "Let's see if this will make you all stop taking pictures of yourselves all the time... so you can see how ugly you are… If I were to ask to see the pictures on your cell phones, I’m sure I’d find many selfies... all me, me, me... as if I were the center." She said all these things with a great sense of humor and without hurting anyone. On the contrary, we were always ready to listen to her, recognizing in her words the truth and the great love she had for us.

Sr. Clare with Youth

There is no virtue that comes to my mind that I cannot attribute to her:

- Joy. She was always cheerful.

- Humility. I never saw her boast of the gifts she had. On the contrary, I always saw her putting them at the service of others.

- Simplicity, generosity, and self-forgetfulness. she held nothing back, she threw herself again and again into the apostolate so patiently and lovingly, she lifted us up from our falls, she spoke to us about leaving a life of sin with such strength, and she often encouraged us to have great ideals!

I could see that she lived everything she said, and so it was easy to believe her, be with her and trust that what she said could become a reality. Therefore, she was also a person who conveyed hope. Her words always carried weight.

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