My name is Paloma Aguado. I am 20 years old and am a member of the Home of the Mother.
You could say that I grew up in the Home of the Mother. My parents were members since I was very little. So I have also gone to get-togethers and camps that the Home organizes. I cannot deny that it has helped me a lot, and Our Lady has always protected me. At the same time, I also realize that there is a risk of getting used to receiving without giving anything in return.
I know that my vocation was in the Home, where God asks me to give completely of myself, but before, I didn’t want to stop doing what I wanted to do in my free time.
I knew Sr. Clare and two of the girls. What most impressed me about Sr. Clare were her constant joy and the strength her words had. When I found out about the earthquake and that they had died, I experienced a profound peace and joy. I think it was because I knew that they had arrived at the goal we are all called to: Heaven. After the funeral Mass (and without having asked for anything), I received the grace find ways to organize my life in a way that I can use my free time no longer to do what I want, but to give it to God.
They have been an example of joyful and generous self-giving, exactly the same thing that God is asking of me. Holiness is for everyone. So even if I don’t have a religious vocation, my life has to belong to God. I have to live my life so that God can smile when He looks at me.