In 2000 I felt more clearly the call from God
to a vocation more demanding than that of just a
common practicing Catholic. Despite working in Regnum Christi in Argentina,
I felt that God was asking for more. and I
was afraid of that "more" that He was asking for.
I decided to move ahead little by little, beginning
by giving one year of my life to the service
of the Church, through the Movement. This really got
me excited: to be a coworker. In all
truth, I didn´t really know what this all implied, but
I was excited about the testimonies of some coworkers that
were in my country during the founding of Regnum Christi
in Argentina and to whom I owe a big part
of the formation that I received. Among them were
Ani Simán, Mary Arredondo, Ana Paula Nuñez, Diana Richardson, Sandra
Estrada, and Ana Paula Treviño among many others.
Leaving home was
not that hard since my parents have always supported my
apostolic work in Regnum Christi. Everything was set, but
my self-giving was still missing. There were some personal
interests that were really pulling at me: to leave
Buenos Aires, see new places, learn more about the Movement,
have a good time, etc. Although I knew that
it included some sacrifices (boyfriend, family, friends, etc.), the real
problem was that I still had not decided to put
myself in God´s hands.
My years as a coworker were not
that easy. My first destination was Mexico City, at
the Anahuac University. What beautiful memories! What really
impressed and fulfilled me during this time was the direct
work with souls. Each day I admired more how
God uses us as fine instruments to spread his graces
to so many souls in need of Him as long
as we give of ourselves generously.
From this moment I began
to better understand the mission that God had prepared for
me and my objectives began to change. Now it
was I who, each day, needed more that experience of
God and, thirsting, I cried out for His love.
Yet, I still felt like I needed to do something
more and I knew that He would ask for more.
then God spoke. Halfway through the year they told
me, "Sofia, you are going to Chile."
How I suffered at
that moment! How I felt the anguish of leaving
my girls, my university, my apostolate, my fellow coworkers with
whom I had grown so close. There I experienced
the virtue of abnegation and how wonderful it can be
if we use this as a way to love God
I headed to Chile to a community of incredible consecrated
women and to join up with an even more incredible
young women´s section. The members of the Movement in
Santiago won me over thanks to their testimony of self-giving
and generosity. Some stand out like Carola Ruiz
Tagle, Anita Silva, and Ignacia Ureta. Women truly committed
to the mission and the apostolate and often they were
there helping out, offering their services. Ignacia Ureta Roberts
was a great example of this, now just a few
days from being consecrated.
My mission as a coworker in Chile
was totally different. I was put in charge of
a new project of Missionary Youth working in the Women´s
Detention Center of Santiago. Without a doubt this was
an experience that marked me forever since I had never
lived so closely the experience of Jesus as when I
was with inmates. I remember that once a young
woman whom I had invited to the catechesis mission in
the jail told me, "Sofi, why do we have to
go help these women that have only wanted to do
evil to other people? They don´t deserve it.
Let´s go to the poor, but not the inmates."
At that moment I received a light so powerful that
it made me realize that Jesus Christ did not come
to heal the healthy, but the sick. I never
imagined that I would learn so much in the apostolate.
It was such a powerful experience that I will
never be able to forget it.
Time went by and my
work as a coworker was coming to an end and
I still did not know what God was asking of
me. I still had doubts, doubts about my vocation,
about what I was going to do with my life.
Then came the great feast, the great feast so
important to Regnum Christi members: Christ the King. At
the moment of communion, I knelt and asked him ardently
to show me what he wanted from me. I
didn´t care if he asked for my whole life.
I just wanted to know. But I heard nothing.
ended and near the exit I ran into another one
of those persons that have given me a clear testimony
of self-giving and generosity, Bernardita Ureta. I don´t remember
the exact words that she spoke to me, but the
brief conversation left me thinking. She was absolutely sure
that her vocation was to married life and the sanctification
of her family through it. I felt the urge
to go talk with Christ so I returned to the
chapel of the Cumbres School. I knelt and I
asked God for a sign. It was at that
moment that I saw clearly what God wanted from me.
I lowered my head and I discovered in front of
me, in the seat in front of me, a book
(the title I can´t remember) that referred to the family
and sanctity or something like that. Then a great
sense of peace shone in my heart and I was
left calm knowing that God was calling me to form
a family and sanctify myself in it, searching for the
sanctification of my children and my husband. I was
happy, profoundly happy, since at last God had revealed to
me what His plans for me were. I left
the chapel radiating joy and from that moment I began
to pray so that I may soon make this a
My year ended and I left Chile with a lot
of sadness. I would have liked to give another
year, but I had other obligations that did not allow
it (college, for example); also the women´s section in Buenos
Aires also awaited me to continue working with them.
I returned full of enthusiasm and the desire to transmit
all the great experiences that had come my way to
my family, boyfriend, etc. But my arrival there was
tougher than I expected. I felt like a stranger
in the environment that surrounded me; I suffered a lot
trying to remain faithful to God and in my commitment
to be an apostle. Many times I fell, but
thanks to prayer I was able to get back up.
with my boyfriend did not turn out like I expected.
We were on different paths and, despite being together
for five years and having talked about marriage, we decided
to end our relationship. I thought that I would
not find the man with whom to accomplish my marriage
vocation to which I was called and had decided to
Today, I have a boyfriend who is also a member
of Regnum Christi and a former coworker and I am
very happy. We share not only our lives but
also our great love for Christ and for our Lady.
I don´t know what the Lord has planned for
us, but I have learned one thing and it´s that
He is generous. very generous. As someone said in
a poem, "God doesn´t let himself be beat when it
comes to giving."
I did not want to end this testimony
without thanking my parents who have always supported me and
formed me in the Catholic faith from a young age
so that I would be the woman that I am.
Mainly I owe to them the determination and patience
that they had with me. I would like to
end with a phrase that my dad gave me and
I have always remembered; since I have applied it to
my life everything has turned out great: "If you
take care of God´s things He will take care of
yours." Try it.
María Sofía Garat