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Memories of Sr. Clare

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Sr. Megan Murray SHM, USA: She set the bar high and maintained it that way the entire time.

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Sr. Stacey Donovan, SHM: It really helped me to see her so transparent and happy, because she was doing the Lord’s will.

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Raquel Arellano de Holguin:  Sr. Clare appeared in a very difficult moment in my life and was like an angel sent from God to help us grow closer to Him.

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Fernando Guerrero, Guayaquil, Ecuador:  A religious singer, like Christ, has to die to him or herself, be humble, and become nothing in Him who is Everything.

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Maria Hernandez, US:   She was always an inspiration for me, and I am constantly asking for her to pray for me, that I may be like her, living out with joy her deep and profound love for Jesus Christ.

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Sr. Bailey Sympson, SHM, USA:  I remember one night when she called us together and spoke very firmly to us. She asked us to change our attitude and to begin serving others.

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Stacy Larmoyeux, Jacksonville, FL:  My most favorite traits of Sister Clare were her smile and ability to make everyone she was around happy.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  What she said was, “If you take care of God’s things, He’ll take care of your things.” She was convinced and lived that way.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  She didn't want us to wander astray or to sink into our selfishness for not taking that leap of generosity.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  Her words were fire and lacked human respect. What she sought was the salvation of the young people's souls.

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Maureen Kall, Jacksonville, Florida:  I was teaching Kindergarten and Sr. Clare would come in weekly to teach my class. I remember when my oldest daughter Kylie was accepted into the theater department at NYU.

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Maureen Lawrence, USA:  This sweet, innocent boy thought the kind sister, dressed all in white, teaching him about God, was his own personal angel… and now she is.

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Tamara Ximena Tacuri Morales, Ecuador:  I loved talking to her because when I was with her, I saw in her gaze a great interest in everything we spoke about. 

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María Vergara, Ecuador:  Each one of the girls gave of themselves totally because they had so much to give.

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Sr. Isabel Cuesta, SHM, Spain:  Her classic response was: "Sure! Of course!"

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Sr. Isabel Cuesta, SHM, Spain:  They always saw everything that she said to them as the most normal thing in the world.

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Sr. Isabel Cuesta, SHM (Spain): I found her outside of the Church talking with a friend. She couldn’t stop repeating in her unique accent, “I love Him; I love Him.”

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Gema Belmonte: She talked to us a lot about Our Lady and how much Our Lady loved us.

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Wendy Nelms, USA:  In the midst of that sorrow that I felt she was always there telling me that, the joy of the Lord will be my strength.

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Kelly Nance, USA:  I remember when you came to Assumption. How wonderful it was to see you playing with all of the children!

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Sr. Annermarie Naiman, SHM:  When she would sing, even if you didn’t look at her, you knew that she elevated her whole being to the Lord. It is as if she would lose herself in God

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Ruth Briones, Ecuador:  She always told us, “We have to give everything for God, not half-way.”

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Sr. Sasha Smith, SHM:  Sister Clare was my spiritual director from when I was seventeen years old until I entered with the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. So I have had the grace to have spoken with Sister Clare a lot of times on a more personal level.

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Fr. Francesco Rizzi:  The memory of Sr. Clare that I will always conserve in my heart is that of her love for Jesus and her desire for greater perfection, not in the sense of her effort but out of love. She desired to love Jesus more and more.

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