Hallo! My name is Belén. I am 28 years old and I am from Paraguay.
In 2018, I obtained my degree in speech therapy. I love to dance, to play sports, to watch movies, and to have fun with my friends. But I can say, that what I love most is talking with other people and spending time with my family.
I learned to know Schoenstatt when I was 10 years old. At that time, I joined a Marian Apostles group. I really didn’t understand everything, but what I liked most was chance to be with girls my age and to make friends. Over time, I began to understand that this was the atmosphere to which I belonged and in which I wanted to continue to grow. That’s how the Blessed Mother began to prepare my heart.
In the final year of my studies. different questions in connection with the future of my life arose in me. At first, they were in regard to the degree I just acquired, but one question led to another until I arrived at the central question: What does God want, or what does God have in mind for my life?
The answer to this question occupied me for a long time. God knocked on the door of my heart and I always ignored him.
It was a game of hide and seek.
This question slumbered in my heart and it was exhausting, because instead of simply admitting it, I fought against it so that I could continue living my life as I was living it and that took much strength.
Some of the things that helped me answer this question were:
- The openness of my heart. It often happened to me that I asked God this question, but I would close myself immediately to his answer, because I thought I had control over my life. When I decided to give God the opportunity to reveal himself, I experienced a God who is a Father and who only wants the best for me. Then I realized that the one who knocked on the door wanted nothing else than to give me a gift.
- Prayer. I could dialogue with God in prayer, although it was often difficult for me to hear him. I had the feeling that we were not on the same page. I constantly requested that he give me the grace to understand his will. I wondered if my path would lead to consecrated life or married life.
- Take courage to respond. I felt peace when I finally could say a word. A one-syllable word that is so simple and short, but simultaneously, so important: YES.
Why did I chose to become a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary?
When I discovered that his will for me was to consecrate my life to him, I had no doubt that this would be in the community of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. In them I can see how each one, with authenticity, embodies Holy Mary and brings her to the world.
Be encouraged to be an instrument of God and