Africa, Asia, North America

Sister Reina Maria Quiroz

 
  50th Jubilee celebration May 2013

Repeated requests

“My vocation came while I was very young in Honduras. I asked my Grandfather many questions about the Bible and God. I would make whistles for the poor children so they could sell them and get bread. 

“I told Father Rafael Viñals, our parish priest, I wanted to become a nun. When I was 15, he said I was too young. I asked again at 18. He said I was still too young. I kept praying. Some SSNDs came to El Progresso and San Pedro. Father Rafael asked me to serve the sisters.”

Recognition from a dream

“The sisters sent a picture of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger (the SSND foundress). I recognized her from a dream I had when I was three years old, especially the strong stern eyes. In the dream she saved me from a coral snake."

Persevering through prayer

“I became a candidate in El Progresso and went to the United States.  I prayed, ‘Lord, don't let them intimidate me.’ I faced many trials, but through trust and faith, I have persevered with the help of this prayer I have prayed many, many times throughout my life.”

   
As a young Sister at Santa Maria in Ripa
Motherhouse grounds.

Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
Do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
 
Let only your will be done in me,
And in all your creatures.
I wish more than this, O Lord.
 
Into you hands I commend my soul.
I offer it to you
with all the love of my heart,
For I love you. Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

- Sister Reina Maria Quiroz

 

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