|Gloria Rodríguez |
Gloria Rodríguez was born in Madrid, Spain, and is the
third of six children. Her parents, deeply Catholic, nourished them
with the faith and Gospel values. The family atmosphere was
always characterized by joy, a healthy strictness and a lot
of tenderness between everyone. She does not remember any instance
of fighting or coldness between them. When Gloria was 8
years old the family moved into a new house. Her
parents sought out a Catholic school where they could send
their children, and they chose Everest Monteclaro. This is how
they met the Legionaries of Christ; since then, Regnum Christi
has been part of her family life. Gloria was in
ECYD and in the young women’s section of the movement.
Here she learned to speak with Jesus in a natural
and very close way. She thought that this kind of
relationship was normal until she went to college and realized
that many others had not experienced this.
1. If this
were a job interview, how would you describe yourself?
am responsible and dedicated. I have the capacity to listen,
to dialogue, to welcome different ways of working. I consider
myself flexible, and I am very interested in others. I
enjoy teamwork. I also have a clear and precise mental
2. When you were little, what did you dream
A mother with a lot of kids.
Tell us something that has changed in you, or in
your vision of our life, during this year we dedicated
to the revision of the Statutes.
There is so much! I
am so very grateful. This has been what has stayed
with me the most during this time. We have very
holy and strong women, and this has impressed me a
lot. It is very beautiful to discover the hearts of
4. During this time of reflection and prayer with
the community, what have you learned?
To know how to
wait for God’s action, so that he is free to
act, and to trust that the result is what he
wants. I consider this exercise of trust important. Also to
discover that everyone wants to build. Everyone’s attitude is very
good and this gives me peace.
5. How did you feel
about being elected? When the cardinal asked if you would
accept, what were you thinking about?
That the offering of my
life is what God wants here. I offered Him my
life for the Legion and the movement, and the answer
was that this is the path that God wants me
to walk. I felt the weight of it and God’s
gaze upon me, a gaze of infinite love. He looks
upon me, He loves me, and grants me His tenderness,
His encouragement and trust. It gives me a lot of
security to have the certainty that He is in charge
6. What did your family say when they
found out you were elected? How did they react?
told me that she had gone to Mass that morning
and did not know what to pray for. It gave
them a lot of pain to think about the possibility
of me continuing with this mission. My father told me
that with my shyness and insecurity, it surprised him a
lot and he is very amazed at what God will
have to do.
7. What do you envision for the next
That God will act to bring
about in the consecrated women of Regnum Christi a profound
8. What does it mean for you to be at
the service of your consecrated sisters?
The opportunity to allow
God to love them through me.
9. Give us four
key words for this new page of our history that
we are beginning to write.
10. What would you most like to talk
about or share with the other consecrated?
The renewal is
something we all achieve. It is not a question to
be solved by one person. It is with everyone’s effort
that we draw all of this forward.
Gloria has a
Legionary brother, Fr. Jaime, and a consecrated sister named Marta.
She studied psychology at the Complutense University in Madrid. She
has done apostolic work in Mexico, Spain, Rome and Germany,
as a formator and director of consecrated women in formation
and apostolate centers, and in educational institutes. She was the
assistant to the territorial director in eastern and central Europe.
At age 38, she is currently the general director of
the consecrated women of Regnum Christ, and has been consecrated
for 15 years.