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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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.