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Sr. Clare

I am more than determined to give my life to God our Lord, to live each day in His presence and fully disposed to His will, and as Sr. Clare said, it’s "All or nothing!"

Here we share this email we received from Mexico in May 2021. Thanks be to God, Who uses Sr. Clare as an instrument to strengthen vocations to consecrated life!

My name is Fabricio Heredia Ortiz, and I am 19. I am originally from the State of Morelos in Mexico.

This is how Sr. Clare came into my life.

One Saturday night, God showed me the vocation in which He wanted me to consecrate my life: the priesthood. For me, the message came peacefully while it also meant incertitude and fear. (I now know that this is normal when you find your vocation.)

The next morning my mind was filled with endless questions about what that message meant, what it meant for my life to give God absolute control over it: “Why me, Lord? What can I give you? What about my family and my career? What if, halfway through, I leave the seminary? What am I going to do with my life?”

Most of the questions were about what would happen with my FAMILY. That was my first trial. Thinking about leaving your family members behind or not seeing them often may seem simple, but it isn’t. It is a very difficult personal challenge.

The moment came when I felt so bad that I burst into tears. After a while I thought of praying in the hope of being consoled. And so it was, God comforted me in a very confusing way, leaving me with more questions than answers through a strange message: "Look up Sister Clare."

I finished my prayer and wondered, “Who is she? Who is Sister Clare?” I took out my cell phone, opened YouTube and typed Sister Clare in the search bar. Instantly it was autocompleted to "Sister Clare Crockett." The movie about her life popped up, so I didn't think twice to click.

I watched the whole movie. I cried, I laughed and I rejoiced. I had never heard a testimony like hers. When Sr. Clare was asked about what it was like to leave her family, she answered with the words of Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena: "If you take care of my things, I will take care of yours." When I heard that, I cried. But in that sadness and pain, God consoled and strengthened me. From that moment on, I completely overcame that trial. Not alone, but with the help of Sr. Clare.

Later, during other trials proper to my vocation: personally accepting God's will, putting it before my desires and when I felt unworthy of the call I received (very difficult moments), God chose Sr. Clare to be that ray of light to illuminate me in the darkness.

Now I have advanced a lot in my vocation, and Sr. Clare has been very present in it, especially with the teachings that her testimony and life left me. I thank God for having put her on my path.

I am more than determined to give my life to God our Lord, to live each day in His presence and fully disposed to His will, and as Sr. Clare said, it’s "All or nothing!"

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