For the 2009 Christmas season, Sr. Clare wrote this article for HM Zoom+, the Home of the Mother Magazine for kids. We also have it recorded by Sr. Clare herself in Spanish. This Christmas, we pray for the grace to make Jesus the center of our hearts, like Sr. Clare writes at the end of the article. If He is missing, there will be a huge empty space like in this story about the jigsaw puzzle.
This past February 5, 2018, Feast Day of St. Agatha, martyr, Fr. Rafael ended his homily by spontaneously mentioning the example we have received from Sr. Clare. The following is a transcription of what was said and is worth reading.
While preparing for summer camp this year in northern Italy, the sisters thought that it would be a good idea to translate “I Prefer Paradise” to Italian. Sr. Anna Riordan tells us about it.
Shortly before Sr. Clare went to Playa Prieta, Sr. Estela Morales composed a poem about an experience she had in prayer. Each verse begins with a phrase directed to the Lord, who gives meaning to and sustains our entire existence: “And it’s because life is You.” After having read it, Sr. Clare transformed Sr. Estela’s prayer into a song, which we now share with you in a “home recording” from Christmas 2015, Sr. Clare’s last Christmas. In it, Sr. Clare herself sings – for the community and some young girls close to them – the song: “It’s Not Monotony” (“No es monotonía”). The following is a translation of the song sung in Spanish.
The audio is in Spanish, but the text of the English translation is below.
In her Letter to the Three Kings on January 6, 2016, Sr. Clare wrote: “There’s a song titled, ‘¿Qué quiero mi Jesús?’ [What Do I Want, My Jesus?]. I would like to live what the song says. Can you grant me this, or do I have to speak directly with Jesus Christ and His Mother?" These are the lyrics from that song. It is a poem by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, a Spanish priest and writer from the 17th century. May Our Lord grant us the grace to live what the lyrics of the song ask for.
Homily by Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo
The figure of Sr. Clare is stirring up interest every day. She is deceased sister who is still very alive. So alive, that she is in our hearts and has become a true example for us to follow.
Fr. Fred Parke
This homily was given by Father Fred, pastor of Assumption Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, in the memorial Mass that was celebrated for Sr. Clare.
Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo
“We believe that the death of Jesus Christ is our redemption and life, and His resurrection is what gives us eternal life. Our hope fills us with joy, but it does not eliminate our pain. We may cry, but with tears of hope, the hope that one day we will see our Sisters.”
Fr. Rafael's Homily from the morning Mass, April 18th, 2016, after the earthquake in Ecuador.
The audio is in Spanish, but the English text translation is below the player.
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