Sandra Rueda: Definitely in Sr. Kristen’s life and in Sr. Clare’s life I can see that God takes our desires when we give them up. He overflows in generosity and fulfills our desires in a way that we cannot even imagine, and this gives true joy to our hearts.
I wanted to let you know that my book finally arrived from Amazon. I was so glad that I read it in three days. I loved it. Wow, there are so many things I could say that I liked… The entire book. Definitely in Sr. Kristen’s life and in Sr. Clare’s life I can see that God takes our desires when we give them up. He overflows in generosity and fulfills our desires in a way that we cannot even imagine, and this gives true joy to our hearts. I bet this is the case with many other religious vocations too.
I laughed a lot, especially when I read the story about water in three different forms: liquid, solid and gas. I had to put the book down to laugh, and I could imagine her face. I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt Sr. Clare very close to me. I could hear her voice—I imagined her in everything—her laugh, tears and her moments of determination during times that required it.
Something happened to me yesterday after Communion listening to the song, “Ya no eres pan y vino” [You are no longer bread and wine]. There is a part that says, “King of the universe, how is it possible that You seek my love, You, Who are so great, pay attention to me who am so small? How could I not adore You?” At that moment, I remembered what I read about Sr. Clare in tears whispering, “Why do You do this?” because of the accident with the pyx. Oh, I couldn’t help crying. Mass ended and I was still crying. I want to have more of that deep love for the Eucharist.
Shortly after hearing about the news of the earthquake and Sr. Clare, her testimony had a strong impact on me. I saw her as an example to imitate because of her radical “all or nothing” way of being. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the determined determination of many saints. But now that I know more about her life, her struggles and that constant prayer in which she always asked the Lord for an undivided heart, I will be more constant in asking for her intercession. I will pray that she helps me have a heart like hers—for God alone—and, with the help of Our Mother in Heaven, to remain on this path that is DIFFICULT and TIRING, but WORTH IT.
Sisters, thank you, thank you so much for what you do. I have a lot of things to share about what I liked about the book, but I would never finish this email, and you have a lot of work to do so I will not take any more of your time.
God bless and may the Virgin Mary cover you with her motherly mantle.