Teresita Maria Sol Arrua Ayala

Born in 1999 in Asunción, Paraguay; two older siblings, but grew up as only child, so that her parents accompanied her development very close and shaping; studying law and public notary; member of the girl’s youth for 11 years.

What experiences have formed you as a woman?

As I understand the question, it is about the moments in my life when I am grateful to be a woman. I do not want to mention concrete days, but rather everyday life since I have known Schoenstatt.
Schoenstatt, this work of God, shows us the woman as loved preferentially by God, as a support for his plan, as his excellent instrument, as a symbol of faithfulness and trust in God as Father, to name but a few, in addition to a wealth of other traits. In the Covenant of Love and in unity of hearts with Mary, I learned to experience being a woman as God’s favorite creation, and this is how the longing arose in me to live the ideal which includes the gift of being a woman in general and in its concrete realization.
In the field of politics, I became aware that women play a fundamental role in balancing and complementing the nature of men. Beyond all the forms through which politics is conducted, it is the art of seeking the common good and organizing ourselves as a society.
We are part of the whole, with rights and duties to participate in decisions, in order to achieve understanding and efficiency in the overall policy and in each project, and to realize our vision.

Where have you experienced God in your life?

Today I realize that he has always been there very clearly in my life. In one way or another I always experienced his love and trust. I now understand that during my childhood he made sure that through his instruments I could develop my talents in the best possible way. As I grew a little older, he gave me the Schoenstatt MJF (Girls and Young Women) and gradually, through various opportunities for service and through my leadership role, he called me to other tasks.
I experience it through the smiles of girls in risky situations, through young people who discover an ideal and a meaning in life, in the eyes of elderly people who look hopefully to our generation when they observe our compassionate service to others.
God is very creative and he helped me to discover him in the political field. During my political education he told me: My child, I need you here. And through my friends who live in this world, he made me understand that beyond all our peculiarities, we all desire the same thing: The happiness and well-being of the individual, which becomes the common good with all its different aspects.

What do you see as the challenge for women today?

“A nation rises or falls with its women.” (J. Kentenich)
One of the main challenges for women today is the defense of a basic ethical attitude that goes beyond any subjectivism, the commitment to recognize and live the essence of being a woman. It is a matter of valuing our originality, cultivating our richness and promoting a vision of our femininity that can complement the other sex.
Today we speak of women’s empowerment. But does this current really seek to improve the situation of women holistically by attacking their essence and classifying the gift of life and the ability to give life as a weakness? Is it really a matter of personal esteem when it comes to devaluing the opposite sex in its true essence?
One cannot love what one does not know, and indeed the current trend, under the title “Strengthening of Women”, is a reflection of souls who do not know feminine greatness and therefore do not love this gift.
The greatest challenge we face as Schoenstatt Catholic women today is to promote the true empowerment of women – an empowerment that testifies to life, conscience, responsibility, values, dignity, authenticity, and our uniqueness as a real richness that gives harmony to all creation.

What do you want to change through your life in this world?

Pope Francis was once asked how to evangelize young people today. His answer was simple: WITNESS. I believe that this reference can be applied to all areas.
With my life I want to give witness to the ideal of being a woman, as God intended. A testimony of women who deal with political issues that affect the whole of society and that also concerned our founder. Through this testimony I want to bring harmony to an environment where God is so absent and invite others to live Christian values in this world.
With my life I want to contribute to the Catholic, Schoenstatt, genuine strengthening of woman who transforms and builds, who defends life, freedom and truth.
Through my witness I want to help to make the Marian miracle of love a reality, for an authentic, youthful homeland. From the beginning Father Kentenich has encouraged us to live this witness as Schoenstatt Youth and Young Women.