Hi Sisters of the Home of the Mother!! My name is Tamara. I work at St. Rose of Lima School on the Trinitarian Island in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I had the great blessing of getting to know Sr. Clare because she came as a volunteer to give religion classes in our school. Our educational institution is located in a very well known area in Guayaquil because of its economic needs. She arrived and shared her affection and her joy with us. During that time, a person very close to our community had been diagnosed with metastasis. She filled me with peace and tranquility to be able to overcome that situation.
I loved talking to her because when I was with her, I saw in her gaze a great interest in everything we spoke about. She had a lovely way about her that very much called my attention: and it was that she took the cross she wore around her neck and clasped it when we spoke.
On a certain occasion, she came into the secretary’s office and said to me a bit worried, “Tamara, today I had class with the children in the seventh grade. I told them that they should learn English so that when they go to the United States, they’ll know how to speak. But the children said to me, “For what, Sister? We’ll never go to the United States.” These children don’t have dreams and that is a terrible thing, because if they don’t have dreams, they’ll never set goals or objectives.” I told her, “It’s true, Sister. I never thought about it like that.”
I remember that episode very well. She was standing near the door, and said to me, “We have to teach the children to dream. If they don’t dream, they’ll always remain in mediocrity. If we motivate them to dream, we help them to reach their goals. A person that stops dreaming loses the strength to continue forward.”
Every time I remember that conversation, I say to myself that what Sr. Clare left us was an eternal message, above all for those of us who are involved in the Christian education and formation of children and youth.
This advice is good for all of us, regardless of our age. We have to keep dreaming!!!