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Clare and Kristen

"Most of the young people we talked to were baptized, but when we asked them, “So do you live as a Christian?” the general answer was that they did not. They didn't go to Mass on Sundays and very rarely went to confession or prayed."

In January 2002, the Servant Sisters carried out a mission in different cities of Spain. Clare, who at that time had been a candidate for five months, participated in the mission. She went with a group of Sisters to the city of Palencia, and they went out on the streets to talk to the young people. This experience made a deep impression on Clare, seeing the young people so lost and so far from the Lord, since she herself had recently been in the same situation. She wrote an article for the Home of the Mother Magazine which appeared in issue No. 105. The following is an excerpt from her article.

We went with hearts filled with the desire to save souls and to lead many lost sheep back to their Shepherd. We were well aware that most young people are not devout Catholics with the Rosary in hand as if it were their most prized possession and a picture of the Lord in their wallets. We knew the great power of attraction that the world influences with its glittering lights, flashy cars, sensual pleasures, and natural comforts, but we wanted to show the youth that not all that glitters in the world is gold, and that temporal pleasures never fill man's heart. 

Most of the young people we talked to were baptized, but when we asked them, “So do you live as a Christian?” the general answer was that they did not. They didn't go to Mass on Sundays and very rarely went to confession or prayed. Some would not listen when we tried to explain to them that if they are baptized they have to fulfill their Christian duties. God was not an interesting subject. They were more interested in their boyfriends and in the upcoming Christmas season; they still had to buy presents! 

When we asked them: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" almost all of them answered yes, but when we asked them, “And do you believe that He died on the Cross for love of you?” the answer was one of shock: "You mean for love of us! Not for love of me!” Well YES, YOU, YOUNG PERSON, YOU who have chosen a life of impurity and pride—you should know that God has died out of everlasting and merciful love for you: for you as an individual, for you as a child of God who is never forgotten by Him. 

“My God, how many know You and do not love You!” I thought how our Blessed Mother must weep heartbreaking tears for the souls of so many young people who are lost. (...) We have to pray every day for them and make the effort to love and console the wounded Hearts of Our Lord and Our Lady who suffer so much for these souls.

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