Nelly Mendoza: One of her virtues was her love of surrendering herself to what the Lord asked of her. Because in everything she did, you could see that she did it with love and joy.
How would you describe Sr. Clare?
I would say a lot of things. To tell you the truth, Sr. Clare lived in a very supernatural way and with a joy that I have never experienced from a nun... People say that nuns are boring, and so that's what I expected from nuns...
Sr. Clare had a magnanimous soul, that is to say, an overflowing joy. Her life was impressive.
Did you see heroic virtues in her?
I think one of her virtues was her love of surrendering herself to what the Lord asked of her. Because in everything she did, you could see that she did it with love and joy.
She also had humility. She was very humble, even though she had that special charisma and joy.
She was also very humble because she always did things with a humility that did not show off her gifts. They flowed naturally from her, but she did not show them because she wanted to draw attention.
I even remember that when she was moved to Playa Prieta, and then when the Sisters came to Guayaquil, she tried to draw as little attention as possible. When she would visit, everyone would say, "Sister Clare, Sister Clare!" And I remember that sometimes she would arrive, and in order not to attract attention, she would always look for a place that was the least noticeable. And I saw that she lived it in a very humble way.
So, she had that gift of attracting people, but at the same time she tried not to go unnoticed...
I learned a lot from her.
She attracted not only children, young people, but also lay people. I was also very drawn to her.
I remember that when she went to Playa Prieta, there was a group of lay people who were at the door when she was leaving in the car. Then, all the lay people were behind her when the car was starting up, shouting "Sister!" We loved her very much. And I am very grateful because I have learned a lot from her. And I see now that it was not a human attachment, but that she reflected the joy of the love of the Lord and of Our Mother as well.