I had the grace to meet Sr. Clare and all of the girls, but, for now, I will share with you all an experience I had with Sr. Clare.
I remember that one Saturday morning, around 11:30, I had just returned from a mission trip to the Puyo (in the Ecuadorean jungle, with the Shuar Indians). The same weekend I got back, the sisters had organized an encounter with the girls of the Home of the Mother. I was not able to participate in this encounter, given that I was travelling home from the Puyo. Nevertheless, I had promised to drop by on the last day of the encounter, to be with them and tell them a little bit about my experience in the missions. Sr. Clare herself had invited me to come. What I didn’t expect was that the person who was going to welcome me was going to be Sr. Clare!
As soon as I arrived at the school, while I was asking the guard where I could find the sisters, I heard someone yell my name from the top floor. Sr. Clare had seen me and had come running, shouting my name, with a smile on her face, as always. Her joy was very contagious. Since I was so anxious to see the sisters, I went running towards her. We met in the staircase, and she welcomed me with a bear-hug. How could one forget her hugs?
Furthermore, I was only a week away from entering as a candidate in the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. She reminded me of this while she encouraged me not to take any steps back. I remember that, after our encounter, she began to ask me about the missions. After telling her about my experience, she asked me if I was ready to give my “yes” to the Lord. My answer was “yes”, but I told her that, at the same time, I got very nervous when I thought about it. She encouraged me and told me that I shouldn’t be afraid of anything, but rather that I should surrender everything to the Lord all that He was asking of me, and always be very generous with Him.
Having met Sr. Clare and having lived such precious moments with her has been without a doubt a grace for me. Now I am sure that she is in heaven, gladdening all of the saints, and, in a special way, interceding for each one of us so that we may reach the Glory of God.