|Fr. Eugenio Guerra Fausti , LC|
From when I was little, I wanted to be
a priest, but as I became an adolescent I changed
that idea. I had my friends, and I didn’t like
school very much; I wanted to have a girlfriend and
play American football like my older brother.
In my youth, my
desires were beginning to be fulfilled: I played on a
team at Monterrey Tech, I had a girlfriend, and I
was about to graduate as a public accountant. My plan
was to stop playing football, work for two years and
then get married. But my plans were not God’s plans.
One day, while playing my last season of football, I
fractured some bones in my foot. They told me that
I would have to be out of the game for
a month; but my bones did not heal, so I
ended up staying out for the whole season.
semester, I had been able to get a head in
my studies, so I didn’t have anything to do. With
my foot out of commission, it wasn’t so easy to
find a job. To make matters worse, I broke up
with my girlfriend.
I wanted to give God more time
those months I got to know the Regnum Christi through
a friend. Thanks to the youth I met there and
thanks to “Chema” (José María Martínez, a consecrated member of
the Regnum Christi who was helping me as spiritual director),
I realized I needed to dedicate more time to God.
He was transforming me little by little. After, I decided
that before I began working, I was going to dedicate
one year of my life to serve the Church as
a Regnum Christi coworker, because I realized that God was
asking me to give Him more.
It was not easy because
I still had the same aspirations. But God had his
way of teaching me. He gave me very holy parents,
an incredible family (besides already having eight very good and
generous siblings, I also have an uncle, who is a
Legionary priest, a consecrated sister in Regnum Christi and another
who is part of the Opus Dei). I had received
a very good formation in high-school as well as in
the club of Catholic children that I belonged to. And
now God was putting Regnum Christi on my path.
Even with this, I still remember that I almost turned
back when the day came to start my coworker year.
The testimony and advice of a teacher in my last
year at Monterrey Tech helped me a lot, though. His
name was David Noel Ramírez Padilla; he was also the
director of my studies program. On one occasion, I was
talking with him about my way of seeing things in
life (very egoistic and materialistic), and he reminded me that
to be happy I needed to transcend all that.
apostolic work, community life with the Legionaries in Guadalajara, and
the moments of prayer during my coworker year, I started
to think more about the idea of going to the
vocational discernment summer program to see what God was asking