|Mónica de Mattos, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi.|
Madrid, July 3, 2008. The following interview with Mónica de
Mattos, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi, was taken from
the Spanish magazine “En Movimiento” from the May / June
2008 issue. Translated and reprinted with permission.
Mónica. Brazilian. 33
years old. Her smile precedes her and proclaims Christ. That’s
how the consecrated women of Regnum Christi battle life. Mónica
de Mattos works with today’s girls, tomorrow’s women. She thinks,
plans, and prays for every minute she spends with them.
She watches over their games and their spiritual life. Above
all, she makes each one feel special. Behind every Alpes
club meeting, there are many hours of work, a lot
of hopes, and someone who is giving her life for
Are you happy?
Of course. He
makes me happy and most importantly, he gives meaning to
my happiness. It’s not a happiness of just laughing out
loud (although I love to laugh…). Neither is it a
momentary happiness or an immediate satisfaction. It is a deep
happiness that gives peace, that is rooted in the certainty
of being where God wants me to be, doing what
pleases him. It’s the joy of investing my life in
something that will last during this life and for all
eternity. It’s a happiness of being with the one I
know loves me, and whom I can love in return.
Tell me what it means to be consecrated...
Being consecrated means belonging to God. It means
trying to imitate the life of Christ in this world,
and show people that Love is stronger, that Love can
overcome hatred, revenge, desperation. Being consecrated means being a witness
of Christ’s love.
How can love for God
guide a whole life?
How? Well… by guiding. It’s as if
you asked me: How do I learn to swim? By
swimming. Throw yourself into the water and start. I will
give you some pointers, but if you don’t do it,
you’ll never get there. I think it’s the same for
God’s love to guide a whole life: You get to
know him, you fall in love with him, you draw
closer to him, you try to imitate how he acts,
how he thinks, and you start to live your life
as if you were another Christ. I know it sounds
like a lot of pretending, but I said “as if.”
That means I try to make my life a copy
of Christ’s, and he guides me as I go. I
don’t like to be the one who sets the style
of how I’m going to live my life. I prefer
to imitate the One who lived it perfectly, as God
and as man.
What is the most impressive
thing that has happened to you in your consecrated life?
The most impressive thing for me has been to
discover how Christ loves me so mercifully. He loves me
just as I am and doesn’t ask for anything in
return. He doesn’t demand more from me than I can
give. It’s a total love, pure, committed.
apostolate with young people is often like shouting in the
desert. Tell me it isn’t so.
know… I think that isn’t the best image. I don’t
compare a young person or young people to a desert.
They are pure vitality, fertile land, ready to be cultivated.
This is the challenge: to sow the seed in their
hearts and to help that seed to grow and bear
fruit. It’s a process, sometimes long and slow, sometimes fast.
It depends on the conditions of the land with its
internal and external elements. So I don’t think of it
as shouting in the desert, but of sowing in fertile
ground and waiting for the fruit to appear.
How would you compare Brazil and Spain?
At bottom, it’s
the same. Maybe the vegetation, the climate, and the geography
are a bit different… The people are also different in
their ways of acting and thinking… You know that the
Brazilians are “all samba”… But the human heart everywhere seeks
only one thing: to love and be loved. So, the
environment is different. But the essence is the same.
What is God asking of you with the most
For Christ to be always the center of my
life and of the lives of all those called to
know and love him. And another thing: for us to
pray that he send us many consecrated vocations for the
Church. The harvest is ready and the laborers are few!
Pray the Lord of the harvest!
Movement mean to you?
Regnum Christi means everything to me.
What would my life be if I had not found
the Movement, without which I wouldn’t have become committed to
my faith? God wanted me for the Movement, and that’s
what I’m here for.