In 2015 I was a team leader for the first time at the Home of the Mother summer camp. Sr. Clare was one of the sisters in charge of the camp. I had group 2, a very hard group. I had a really hard time. The devil saw that things weren't going well at all and decided to lower my spirits and make me abandon the fight. On the outside, I tried to pretend that everything was fine, but Sr. Clare, who knew me well, realized everything that was going on. We talked for little while and she told me to keep trying for love of God and for the salvation of souls.
Things continue without improving. The root of the problem was a girl in Sr. Clare's class. Sr. Clare knew her very well and understood me. While the teams were having their meeting, Sr. Clare came to the place where we were gathered and began speaking jokingly yet seriously, saying, “Did you all know that I'm a superhero? I see everything! Have you all ever seen a rotten apple before? When an apple is rotten and is in the same place as a lot of good apples, it starts to rot them all. YOU, (here she said the girl’s name), ARE ACTING LIKE A ROTTEN APPLE. TELL ME RIGHT KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ROT THE WHOLE TREE, BECAUSE IF THAT IS SO THEN YOU’RE LEAVING.”
I tell this because when I heard her talking so powerfully, I thought that girl was going to get worse. Rather, it was just the opposite. Her attitude changed completely, she opened herself up to the rest of the girls and was always ready to help.
With other sisters, we had already tried everything with that girl: playfully, jokingly and tenderly, but nothing worked. Sr. Clare had a gift with people and used the right words to help them react. And that girl pulled herself together.