Friday, 24 March 2017 21:00

She Came to Confession with Purity and Humility

hna. Clare delante del Santísimo en el Condor

Fr. Francesco Rizzi:  The memory of Sr. Clare that I will always conserve in my heart is that of her love for Jesus and her desire for greater perfection, not in the sense of her effort but out of love. She desired to love Jesus more and more.

P Francesco Rizzi

Fr. Francesco Rizzi is an Italian priest who belongs to Communion and Liberation. He knew Sr. Clare very well because he heard her in Confession quite frequently, because he was the Pastor of the Espíritu Santo Parish, in Portoviejo, Ecuador, during eighteen years. We interviewed him on January 24, 2017, right before he left the Parish to begin a new mission. Fr. Francesco speaks to us about the disposition that he saw in Sr. Clare when she would go to Confession. He says that he invokes her in his prayers because he is convinced that friendship between two Christians does not end with death.

I had the great privilege to be friends with the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, in a special way with Sr. Clare who would sometimes call me or pass by because she desired to go to Confession. Each time she came it was very special for me, very edifying, because she came to Confession with extraordinary purity and great humility. She was also very funny. Sometimes her way of speaking, of telling me things, would make me smile.

hna. Clare rezando

The memory of Sr. Clare that I will always conserve in my heart is that of her love for Jesus and her desire for greater perfection, not in the sense of her effort but out of love. She desired to love Jesus more and more. In fact, sometimes when she would come to Confession –this I can tell – she would ask, “And this… What do you think? Is it a sin?” She would do so because she desired to be completely transformed by Christ’s presence, and she did not want there to be any shadow, anything that could be a barrier to the Lord’s work in her [soul].

Her other characteristics that were evident to everyone that knew her were her affability, her joy and her laughter. These surely are also signs of her faith, because the joy that she manifested was the fruit of one certainty: she loved the Lord and was loved by Him.

P Francesco Rizzi

When I found out about her death and the death of the other girls who died with her, I was deeply moved. They also used to come to the parish. They were very discreet, but at the same time transparent, because they shared the essentials: Faith and love for the Lord. I remember that some of them would also come to Confession, and they desired a deeper encounter with the Lord.

One last thing, I invoke Sr. Clare in my prayers. I invoke her because I think that friendship between saints, that is, friendship between Christians, does not end with death. On the contrary, it is intensified, and her prayers for me are more effective. That is why I invoke her with trust and I ask her to protect me. I remember her questions and I feel identified with them. That is why I know that a certain harmony exists [between us]. This gives the confidence to invoke her and ask for her intercession in my life, in my personal life as a priest.

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If you have any favors, memories or stories about Sr. Clare or any of the 5 postulants who died in Ecuador, please send us an email: sisterclare@homeofthemother.org

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