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Nelly and Her Husband

Nelly Mendoza:  I received the big grace to share several moments working with her. At the time, when she arrived, the Sisters’ house was being built—they were painting—and some of us went to help the Sisters with the work.

We would like to share the first part of Nelly Mendoza’s testimony. Nelly is a Home of the Mother lay member from Guayaquil, Ecuador, who knew Sr. Clare during her time there.

I met her when she came to the community here in Guayaquil. When Sr. Clare arrived, I felt that she had to be my spiritual guide. And she helped me so much. I started to attend the Rosaries with the Home constantly and to get to know the Sisters better.

I remember that Sr. Clare told me, “Look, I’m going to give you a picture of Mamie so that you do a novena. Pray a lot and discern if the Home is your place.” So, Sr. Clare was an important pillar in my vocation to the Home. She encouraged me to pray a lot about it and to ask Mamie for help. So I did a novena and I also had spiritual direction with her. Every fifteen days we met so that she could see how I was doing, the doubts I had, etc. In the end, I saw clearly that the Home was my place.

We had a very close interaction because she helped me find my place, and thanks to her I entered the Home and started to attend activities with the Home. She was also my son Santiago's catechist. So, I saw her at meetings and retreats.

I can also say that I received the big grace to share several moments working with her. At the time, when she arrived, the Sisters’ house was being built—they were painting—and some of us went to help the Sisters with the work. I painted with her and a group of girls. She told jokes and stories and invented songs. She was always joyful. Everyone wanted to be around her. And she always made the most of her time, not in useless things but rather to teach, whether it was through a song, a joke or anything. She always did these things to make the most of her time with love and joy. I was amazed to see how hard she worked. She worked very joyfully.

She also had a very tender side in that she talked to everyone. For example, I felt very identified with her joy. It was fascinating. I was very drawn by her way of being, her joy and her humility.

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