Few things in life are as difficult as sharing the
history of one´s own vocation. Maybe it is because a
vocation is made up of numerous events that are really
quite normal and ordinary -- a conversation, a visit
to our Lord in the chapel, an admirable example from
someone you look up to – become extraordinary because, through
them, God calls. They are God´s bells.
|Luly currently works in the formation of adolescents in Rome.|
This is the
story of my vocation: ordinary events made extraordinary because God,
ever-present, continuously manifests his love and design. An everyday life,
yet through God´s invitation, begins a transformation until it is
I was born into a wonderful family, the
third of five children. My family´s first contact with Regnum Christi was before I was born when
my folks were looking for a good school for my
older brothers. They came upon the Irish Institute which is
directed by the Legionaries of Christ and
decided to enroll my brothers there. I don´t think they
ever imagined the adventure that they were getting themselves into.
Since I was three years old I went to the
CECVAC school. There the "consagradas" (that is what we called
the consecrated women of Regnum Christi) became
a staple within my life, and even though I truly
admired and loved them, I never seriously thought that I
could ever be like them. I thought about it occasionally
but they were only like little bells, nothing lasting.
first time I remember ever considering it was when I
was ten years old. I told my mom about it
and she told me that it was normal for girls
to think about being nuns, that she had thought about
it as well, but that later she forgot about it
and was now happily married. That took care of the
first bell and the chapter ended just as I had
At eleven years of age I joined ECYD (Education, Culture
and Youth Development) and there I learned what the two
greatest motivations of my life would be: our Lord Jesus
Christ, my faithful and best friend, and the passionate mission
which he was calling me to undertake: Help the Church
to save souls. And all this took place within a
very fun environment because the ECYD´s formation activities and apostolic
projects included my thirty closest friends. It was an "ideal
A year later some life-changing news reached home: my
older brother, Benjamin, after a successful start in an engineering
position, decided to leave everything and enter the Legionaries of Christ. It was definitely an unexpected shock
and everyone really missed having him at home with us.
But I think I was the one who suffered the
least, not because I didn´t miss him, but because I
understood how happy he would be if he lived only
While my brother was at the Candidacy, a
period of discernment before entering the Legion, I heard the
second little bell. One night, while we were having dinner,
my father told us that we shouldn´t consider making a
decision like Benjamin´s until we had achieved a professional degree.
Right then and there I thought: "So it´s eleven years
until I consecrate myself!" This thought even surprised me.
few days later we went to visit my brother, who
wanted to chat with each one of us, alone. When
it was my turn I told him about my little
dilemma: "Dad just told us that we shouldn´t consider making
a decision like yours until we had achieved a professional
degree, which means it´s eleven years until I consecrate myself!"
My brother was stunned. He immediately asked me: "You think
you have a vocation?" And the only thing I said
was a simple "yes". Just as we were walking past
an image of the Blessed Mother, we stopped in front
of her and my brother said: "Let´s make a deal.
Every night from now on, we are going to pray
three Hail Mary´s: one for the Holy Father´s intentions, one
for my fidelity to my vocation to the priesthood and
one for your fidelity to yours". Eleven years have gone
by and we are still keeping our promise.
a minor detail though; a few months after we made
this deal I slightly changed one of the intentions. I
met a young man who soon afterwards became my boyfriend.
Therefore, my third Hail Mary was for my fidelity to
my vocation to marriage. The four years that followed
the bells never rang.
When I was fifteen years old
I went to a school in Switzerland and a few
months after I got back to Monterrey, my boyfriend told
me that he had decided to be a Co-worker with
the Movement starting that summer. That was another unexpected news
flash but it also made me think: "Couldn´t I do
A few days later I made my decision, received
my parents´ permission and truly began to prepare myself to
finally give of myself. I looked forward to the opportunity
to fill my life with God, the apostolate, etc.
following summer I left home for the preparatory course for
all the girls who had decided to give years of
service to the Church in the Co-worker program. During the
third week we had a silent retreat. That was the
first time in months that I had some real silence
in my life: music, the telephone, movies ... had never
left me enough space to give God some real silence
where I could listen to God.
The second day of
the retreat, the priest who was preaching spoke to us
about our reality as creatures and how God had created
us out of love for a very particular mission to
give him glory and to fulfill his will. I had
heard this truth many times before but at once it
seriously hit home. After that meditation I went to the
chapel and before our Lord in the Eucharist, without really
knowing how or why I wrote: "Lord, if you want,
you know that I would leave everything to be yours."
This was the third bell, the third and final call.
I recall spending about half an hour there asking our
Lord: "Are you serious? Is this really what you want?"
now this wasn´t a bell, it was a symphony ...
I knew what God was asking of me. I told
my spiritual director and the next day I left for
the candidacy. The most difficult part was informing my parents,
my boyfriend and my friends.
For my parents, accepting this
decision was difficult at first, but afterwards, having contemplated it
through the eyes of faith, they saw that this was
the path that God had chosen for me, and that
I would only be truly happy following him. They have
supported me 100%, as they always had before, ever since.
I look back, I see that I have so many
people to thank, especially our Lord, who was always so
patient with me and continues, even today, to play a
symphony for me.
María de Lourdes Clariond Domene was born
in Monterrey, México, 26 June 1978. She has completed studies
in humanities, philosophy and theology in the International Centre
of Educational Sciences of Rome. She worked a number of
years in the General Secretariat of the Regnum Christi Movement in Rome and currently works in
the formation of adolescents in the same city.