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Gloria.tv EXCLUSIVE: Remembering Beautiful Sister Clare Maria

As previously shared in one and another video, Sister Clare of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother Mary died tragically in an earthquake in Ecuador on Sunday, April 17. Fr. Roland Cahoon, her Spiritual Director, describes her as, “…a young girl who gave her life to God and died for the Gospel. She was a joyful girl. I’ve known her since she was a teenager.”

The following is written by Julia McCambridge who met Sister Clare Maria while attending World Youth Day in Madrid.


Sr. Clare and Julia McCambridge

April 28th, 2016

My first encounter with Sr. Clare Maria was in 2011, when I was beginning my sophomore year of college. I arrived in Spain as a pilgrim, excited to join the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother for their pilgrimage and participation in World Youth Day in Madrid.

My first recollection of Sr. Clare remains one of complete and radical joy. I witnessed her lively faith, day in and out. One could say that she glowed with faith, and was armed with humility. Her smile was captivating, her good humor contagious. Her way of speaking was dynamic as she would always speak about the relationship between faith and life.

She spoke always with conviction. She knew how to be real and crack jokes, while at the same time, her humor was a channel into the mystery and beauty of faith. While my time with Sr. Clare was brief, I realize that her pure example of faith, hope, and charity will continue to call me on to choose joy, that results in a radical and complete gift of self.

I was able to spend about sixteen days with Sr. Clare. During this time, I witnessed her. perseverance, selfless love, incredible good humor, depth of faith. It was her “yes” every day, despite fatigue, temptation for self-pity, or the simple and mundane tasks of daily life. Her conviction to love in every way, at each moment, was and still is inspiring.

Sr. Clare, Courtney McHale, Elisabeth Philip and Julia McCambridge attending World Youth Day in Madrid

I remember it was her smile that seemed to make all the difference. It was not any smile, such as one of passing gesture; rather, it was one that seemed to say, “yes, I know struggles in life. But the greatest agony is to live a life without knowledge or reception of the ardent love of Jesus. It is worth everything.” There are no limits in love.

There is no doubt that Sr. Clare’s pure joy, which is the fruit of her sacrifice, was her way to union with God. For her, life was preparation for eternity.

When I had first received news of her death, I was overcome with sadness, but it was a grief that was also accompanied by a certain peace and even joy. This is because she died as she lived: totally open to the Lord’s will in her life, choosing to only accept His love so that she could share it with others. For this reason, it seems that there is no coincidence that her passing occurred on Good Shepherd Sunday. In her sacrifice she has imitated our Good Shepherd by totally forgetting about herself so that she can give of herself to God and others.

May Sr. Clare pray for us, that we might be able to follow her joyful example in our own lives and choose to be totally open to God’s will, because a life lived for Him is worth everything.
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REQUIEM aeternam dona ei , Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Uncle Joe
It is in death, especially death caused by natural disasters, that people of faith can not only cope with Sr. Clare Maria's tragedy but even triumph by it.

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The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when …More
It is in death, especially death caused by natural disasters, that people of faith can not only cope with Sr. Clare Maria's tragedy but even triumph by it.

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The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God. St. John of Avila used to say: “One ‘Blessed be God’ in times of adversity, is worth more than a thousand acts of gratitude in times of prosperity20.”

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Furthermore, we must unite ourselves to God’s will not only in things that come to us directly from his hands, such as sickness, desolation, poverty, death of relatives, but likewise in those we suffer from man—for example, contempt, injustice, loss of reputation, loss of temporal goods and all kinds of persecution. On these occasions we must remember that whilst God does not will the sin, he does will our humiliation, our poverty, or our mortification, as the case may be. It is certain and of faith, that whatever happens, happens by the will of God: “I am the Lord forming the light and creating the darkness, making peace and creating evil21.” From God come all things, good as well as evil. We call adversities evil; actually they are good and meritorious, when we receive them as coming from God’s hands: “Shall there be evil in a city which the Lord hath not done22?” “Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches are from God23.”
Uniformity with God's Will
Don Reto Nay
Thank you, Julia, you wrote a very beautiful text and you have given to Sr. Clare R.I.P. a chance to continue her mission through this witness about her life which was ended too abruptly.