A bit about Margarita Martínez
“I was born in Mexico City. I am the second of three children. I am the daughter of Margarita Estrada and José Alejandro Martínez; my parents are an important part of my story, because since I was very young they gave me their love and educated me in the faith. I had known the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi since I was very young, because I was a student at the Oxford School in Mexico City. I had a restless adolescence in constant search for “something more.” Existential questions and desires to change the world were part of my restlessness to do something with my life. In that search for answers, God came out to meet me when I was an adolescent. I received the call from God to serve him body and soul as a Consecrated Woman when I finished my high school. In 1996 I made my vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Setting out to follow Christ has brought me to discover the beauty of the human heart. I have carried out my mission in different parts of the world (Mexico, the United States, Spain, Ireland, Colombia and currently Switzerland). I have been able to accompany people from different cultures and they have enriched me in each of the encounters I have had with them.
In the last few years I have specialized in the field of spiritual accompaniment. I have a masters degree in Family and Marriage Studies, a certification in Spiritual Direction, and I also received a diploma in Spiritual accompaniment. The theme of knowing that we have been created for love excites me. That is why I seek to accompany people in my daily work to discover the mission that God has dreamed of for us.
I am currently the Vice-director of the Le Châtelard Academy in Switzerland, and my mission consists in accompanying the students and their families in the integral formation that we offer.”
What is your project?
The project “M for Mary” is an initiative that the Holy Spirit stirred in my heart because of the pandemic. I was carrying out my mission as the Vice-director of the Cumbres School in Bogota, Colombia, and I began to offer formation to the parents through Instagram. When I saw that, little by little, many (thousands) of people began to follow my personal page, I realized that the platform could help me to reach many people from different places around the world.
It was then that I asked my friends and some experts in marketing to help me to formalize this page and create its own brand. From there came the name “M for Mary.” That [Spanish language] Instagram page has developed into the creation of the brand and a webpage where I can offer monthly courses and pilgrimages.
I currently have my own platform with a payment system, which gives me all the rights to the content that is produced on the webpage. Similarly, I have also been able to enter the market with items like cups, pamphlets, rosaries, and various items that people can buy through Amazon. That gives the brand “M for Mary” visibility.
Every day I share a reflection on the Gospel of the day for 15 minutes on Instagram and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Where did the idea come from? What is your goal?
This initiative arose during the pandemic. My goal is to bring people to the faith, to give them a daily message of hope that helps them to have a close relationship with God.
This platform gives me the space to offer monthly formation by means of courses.
What are the fruits that you have gathered?
In two and a half years I have been able to build a network of 30,000 people from different places around the world.
I have also been able to monetize it, thanks to the guidance of marketing and business experts who have helped me to bring the project to a sustainable level that answers the needs of people today.
What do you hope for from this initiative?
To carry the message of the Gospel to the greatest number of people, that they may encounter a God who is close, who loves them, and calls them to a full Christian life.
To give formation to restless people who are thirsty for “something more” that will enrich their faith and their growth as persons.
Links to the platforms.
You can read the original story in Spanish here.