Age: 59; teacher of Spanish; married for 39 years to Jose Sebastian Alfaro Gonzalez; three children – Jonatan Moises, Emely Maria and Gabriely Maria; three granddaughters – Mariana and Luiza (Jonatan’s twins), and Rafaela (daughter of Emely); daughter-in-law Alyne and son-in-law Robert; lives in Espirito Santo do Pinhal – São Paulo, Brazil; First course Mothers’ Federation, Brazil.
I think the greatest challenge consists in preserving the identity of woman, and not allowing her nature, and hence her mission, for which God intended her, to get lost. Our present times lead humankind into a uniformity in which what may happen or not happen is independent of who is doing it. It doesn’t matter who does it, or how. Everything becomes impersonal. People are approaching the idea of “sources of work” or “function managers”; they distance themselves from the idea, or even destroy it, that life is a gift and that we have been created in the image and likeness of God, who is Father, who is Love, and who nourishes us with his love. There are differences, we are not created as part of a series, we are unique and original.
We women face the challenge to keep love alive in our hearts and to testify constantly, no matter where we are and in which situation, to the truth that life is a gift of God’s love!
In acknowledgement of Schoenstatt’s pedagogy, I renew my personal ideal and my membership in the apostolic community of the Schoenstatt Mothers’ Federation since 1992 every day, along with my self-surrender to God and the Blessed Mother through the covenant of love I have entered into with them, and I ask them for perseverance in these efforts and love-inspired duties. When I have achieved this victory within myself each day, I ask God fervently to use us in his infinite love to shake people awake and reach their hearts.
Through attentiveness and care I want to mirror Mary, and through service, love and understanding educate people to hope for a world that has been formed in the school of Mary’s love. This will transform events, and people will experience the joy of Tabor and say: It is good to be here!