I Was a Man Who God Blessed Abundantly
| WHO WE ARE
Father Luis Alberto Chavarría, LC, ordained a priest on 24 December 2002, shares his experiences of his vocational discernment.
My life was well on it´s way. I was twenty-six
with a law degree under my belt; a small business
I had started with two friends was doing extremely well;
I was ready to settle down and think about getting
married. Being a member of the Regnum Christi Movement I was constantly involved in different apostolic
activities and really looked forward to consecrating my future marriage
to our Lord. I traveled all over the world, developed
a great number of friendships and could boast of a
wonderful family. I could confidently say that God was blessing
me more than abundantly.
|Father Luis Alberto Chavarría, LC.|
Then God began to ask for
more and more. I thought I had been giving God
everything but I soon realized that you can only "buy
God with the last cent." Not with a lot or
a little but only with the last ..., what we
leave for ourselves. He was taking me on a long
adventure and keeping each one of my "cents" till he
reached the one he was going for: the Legionary vocation.
There is no doubting his patience.
When I was twelve
I incorporated to ECYD. I didn´t really take it too
seriously but the spirit of prayer and friendship, united with
the great academy of virtues that is the family, began
to form me in the faith, the apostolate and a
whole host of Christian values without me realizing it. With
ups and downs along the way I joined the Regnum Christi family at seventeen via my incorporation.
This step was one that I did take seriously as
I did my future commitments within the Movement. During this
time the experience of being a cofounder of the Regnum Christi section in the southern side of
Mexico City truly marked my life. With twenty other young
men, when I was eighteen, we set out to buy
a house which would later become our Regnum Christi center. It took us five years to
pay for it. The project was enormous and the graces
we received were infinite.
My job, my friends, my whole
life revolved around the apostolate and God continued to ask
for more. In 1991 I had another unforgettable experience: Holy
Week Missions. This was the first time I ever saw
with my own eyes how much the world and the
Church need priests. The year after I went again but
this time something special happened. While we were visiting a
family near the mountains of Puebla (Mexico), a man asked
us if we could have a priest come to his
home to hear his mother´s confession. She was extremely sick
and it was very probable that she would die soon.
We went for the priest but ... we were too
late. I will never forget the tears in the man´s
eyes as he opened the door of his tiny home.
As we were walking back home late that night I
heard very clearly in my heart: "if you had been
a priest that good woman would have received the sacraments
and went on to eternal life in peace." After this
everything in my life seemed to lead me to a
vocation to the priesthood in the Legion
|Father Luis Alberto and his family at St. Peter's a few days after his priestly ordination.|
I thank the Lord with all my heart for
the countless graces and gifts that he has showered on
me throughout these past ten years of my Legionary life:
my parents´ support and affection showing me that they were
always there for me; my vocation, which has become a
wonderful fountain of unity within my family; the encouragement of
my directors. Last but not least I would like to
thank God for the marvelous gift of my brother Legionaries
and Regnum Christi members with whom I
have had the grace to live, work and grow. Their
testimony has changed my life forever!
Father Luis Alberto was born
in Mexico City on 1 January 1967. He did all
of his pre-university studies in the CEYCA (a school run
by the Legionaries of Christ). At seventeen
years of age he incorporated to the Regnum Christi Movement. He studied law at the UNAM (Universidad
Autónoma de México). In 1993 he began his religious life
in the Legion at the Novitiate in Salamanca, Spain. He
completed a bachelors degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum
Regina Apostolorum and is currently studying for his master´s degree
in dogmatic theology at the same institution. He has worked
as a general administrator of Francisco de Vitoria University in
Madrid, Spain, and the Legion´s territorial administrator for Italy.