|Teresa and Alejandro Páez|
My family has experienced so many blessings: I have a
brother who is a Legionary, a sister and two twin
daughters who are consecrated members of Regnum Christi, and Alejandro,
my only son, after five years in the Immaculate Conception
School for boys interested in the priesthood, began his studies
in the Legion’s novitiate in Germany this past September.
have three other daughters: Andrea, the youngest at thirteen, Teresa,
who is a wife and mother, and Jimena, who has
been married for six months and is expecting her first
child. Teresa and Jimena had the grace to be coworkers
in Regnum Christi at the service of the Church.
impossible for us to understand how or why God, from
all eternity, has placed his eyes on our children, on
our whole family. What is evident is our need to
accept and thank our Lord for these very special graces.
From my own experience I have come to see that
when God asks for a child, he takes their place.
children are always in need of our support. Our children
who have consecrated their lives to God need our support,
our prayers, our words of encouragement. As parents, we have
come to understand that we have the vocation to be
parents of consecrated lives, because we are all immersed in
their vocations and God needs us to respond accordingly.
implies carrying a cross; whoever says it is easy, don’t
listen to them. A good parent is always thinking about
his children, and whom he will marry is a major
concern. Yet is there a better partner than our Lord
Jesus Christ? Not being able to see our children very
often is tough, really tough, but if it is for
their happiness and the salvation of souls, can we say
|The Páez Garza family in Rome for the LX anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement.|
A few years ago I heard a priest say that
it is extremely important for children who consecrate their lives
to God to feel the support of their families. When
we walk through a forest, what do we focus on?
The leaves, fruits, flowers ... but roots do not get
much attention. Yet without the roots the most beautiful of
trees cannot stand. That is the support that our children
need. We need to be deep, strong roots who hold
our children up with our joy, our prayers, our sacrifices;
these manifestations, like the sap running through the tree, help
them to flourish and give the fruits they are called
A root’s mission is a quiet and hidden one,
hardly visible, but it is essential for us to help
our children be the light of our confused world, an
example of love in a world of selfishness, hope amidst
despair and meaninglessness.
It is difficult to find the appropriate words
to thank our Lord for the wonderful, sublime and mysterious
gifts of the priesthood and the consecrated life at his
service, to which our children have been called. Many future
saints depend on our fidelity.