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“I See My Own Littleness”
An interview with Paula Errázuriz

Paula Errázuriz
Paula Errázuriz

Paula Errázuriz was born in Chile. Her family is made up of many different kinds of people, and they think of her as the “nice” one. She is the fifth of six children, three men and three women, and she already has 23 nephews and nieces and 13 great nephews and nieces. They love her very much, and though they don’t ever write her, when they see each other, it’s as if “they had always been together.” Her mother is the “pillar” of the house, a very strong woman and very spiritually solid. Her dad, who died when she was age 16, was simple, sensible, likeable and affectionate. 

1. How did you get to know the Movement? 

I got to know it when it was being founded in Santiago.  My cousins knew the Legionaries and we went to an “interview” with them. I was attracted to their solid spiritual formation, and I saw that I could receive from them a more personal relationship with Christ and ardor and apostolic zeal.  We were not only receiving good things, but we found a way to channel our restlessness.

2. If this were a job interview, how would you describe yourself?

I’m a very happy person with a great desire to help others. I especially love to be able to speak with people, to really communicate with them, to touch what is happening in their hearts, to have real encounters, to share ideals and concerns.

I am not organized or systematic. I am much more intuitive, and I need to work with others because I don’t work well on my own.

3. When you were little, what did you dream of becoming?

My childhood memories are scanty. I wanted a career in which I could help others but then, after studying for it, it seemed insufficient, because without employing faith, I couldn’t help people with everything.  I sincerely wanted to dedicate myself to giving spiritual direction without being paid. And so in the movement, I became a spiritual director in the young women’s section before getting consecrated.

4. Tell us something that has changed in you or in your vision of our life during this year dedicated to the revision of the Statutes.

During this time I have realized that we really have a charism and a vocation in our hearts, and I see that it has flourished. Perhaps before we thought that the charism was something that God had given us through the founder and because of this, fidelity to whatever he said was very important. During these last years, I have experienced the joy of discovering the charism as a gift of the Spirit, which is inside of those that He has called to this work.  Reflection on the Statutes allowed me to see this with greater clarity.  What springs from inside has its tone and synergy with the charism and our vocation, although on the outside we can be very different.

5. During this time of reflection and prayer with the community, what have you learned?

I have learned to listen. I have been learning this for a long time but especially now.  Listening from the perspective of wanting to hear what God wants to tell us in our interior, and through others. To listen to what is easy to harmonize with, and where everyone begins to give their opinion though agreement is not immediate.

I have been praying while listening and asking the Holy Spirit to assist us, that He will make us blossom into the plan God has for us, because this is already happening, and this is what we are trying to discover.

6. What did you feel when you were elected? When the cardinal asked you if you would accept, what were you thinking about?

I didn’t feel much. I see my own littleness and a call to continue serving, taking into account this littleness, and nothing more.  It seems to me to be very unimportant to be a councilor. What is important is my vocation, and to be a councilor is the way to live my vocation now. There was nothing transcendent. My life is in the hands of God.

7. How did the presence of members from the other branches contribute to the assembly?

It seemed excellent to me. I think that we redefined our vocation already, and ultimately we had to reflect more on our identity with the presence of the other branches.  This opened up new horizons for me. It helped me remember the meaning of our vocation within Regnum Christi.  We form part of something greater. The presence of lay member Iliano Picco helped me to see that an important part of our mission is the formation of the Regnum Christi members. The strength of the movement is not possible without the laity. His contribution is that they are totally immersed in the realities of the world as an evangelizing force. The consecrated members need to have a spirit and zeal, forming and working together. It’s a powerful moment where we need to look at the mission. The laity need us and tell us that they need us, and we need them.

8. Give us four key words to write on this new page of our history.


9. What would you most like to tell or share with the other consecrated members?

We center our gaze on the love that Jesus Christ has for us. He is the only one capable of fulfilling us with satisfaction, with joy, and the only one capable of curing our wounds. And I would also like to say to them that we cannot be afraid to love and to allow ourselves to be loved.

Paula has a licentiate degree in psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  She has served apostolically in Mexico, Rome and Spain in the youth sections of Regnum Christi and as director in formation and apostolate centers. She was assistant to the territorial director of Italy and Spain. She is now a member of the general council of the consecrated women of Regnum Christi.  She is 49 years old and has been consecrated for 24 years.



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