These words reflect the way I discovered that God was calling me to the consecrated life.
I was working as a pre-school teacher. I enjoyed observing the children’s faces full of happiness and felt revived by the new way they looked at the world.
At night I was studying for a master’s degree in mathematics. I was teaching remedial classes to children who had difficulty learning. Also, I participated in the youth group in my parish and, some Sundays, I saw the missionaries who gave their joyful witness of ministering to the poorest people.
At the same time, I was feeling an emptiness within myself. Something was missing. I determined to meditate and reflect on what gave me life, and while at a youth retreat, I said, “I would to commit myself full-time to God’s business.”
I no longer wanted to live a life with so many activities that distracted me from having God as the center of my life.
I began to participate in vocational retreats and, in doing so, I became acquainted with several religious congregations. But the joy of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, their ministries and spirituality captivated me.
I entered the Congregation on Sept. 2, 1984 at 8 a.m. in the city of Querétaro in the state of Querétaro. I have been living my commitment from the point of view of the spirituality of the Incarnation, which is to discover the presence of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, in all persons but in a special way in suffering persons.
The Lord has filled my being with joy as I share my faith in community and in each ministry. I know He has been with me wherever I have been sent. I can share my stories from the six years of ministry in the “Tonantzin Women Center” in the city of Juarez, Chihuahua, with the women in jail as I witness their suffering caused by the lack of freedom. God makes us free, but even from there we praised God in many ways: organizing a choir, preparing baptism for the children that lived there, working with arts and crafts. We also blessed God with liturgical rites, Holy Week retreats and with our daily lives, forgiving from our hearts those persons who, perhaps, should be near us but who never were present in those situations of loneliness, abandonment or crisis. I witnessed and experienced the way of the cross of the migrants, of children who travel alone, and I felt the suffering of families who lost a loved one, particularly the suffering of those mothers who experienced the killing of their daughters. In all that God is present. What a heartbreaking, hopeful picture of humanity I witnessed all while in the city of Juarez, in the State of Chihuahua.
We are sent to each mission place where people need to be listened to and to be healed by the saving and merciful love of the Incarnate Word, and He is present there.
My ministry in education has given me a full experience. As an education community, we work together so that the presence of the Incarnate Word be tangible at all levels – as administrators, as faculty members, parents, all our collaborators and, in a special way, the children, boys and girls. We are committed to them for the sake of themselves, their future and the future of our society. God loves them, and we do too.
Now, serving as vocation director here in San Antonio, Texas, I thank God for the beautiful and enriching opportunity of ministering to parish groups who have invited me. Among them, I could mention: St. Vincent de Paul, St. Michael, St. Joan of Arc; the young adult group at St. Cecilia’s parish in Houston; youth groups who gather to grow in their faith; Life awareness, Come and See and vocational retreats. I participate in many activities that our archdiocese organizes to promote vocations, and I am a member of the vocations committee. All these enrich us all.
I am engaged full-time in my Father’s business, and I am very happy!
The secret must be that we, as religious, set apart privileged time to be with God in daily personal prayer, regular community prayer and monthly and annual retreats. He is my Lord, He has called me, and I continue responding to him day by day: Here I am, Lord, to do Your will!
If you feel the desire to learn more about religious life, don’t doubt it: God is knocking at the door of your heart. Answer Him!