When was the last time you had fun?
At the last outing with my community in November 2014. We learnt a great deal about history and old buildings, historical sites, museums, and others. It was fun, relaxing and a tremendous gift.
Name an occasion you felt embarrassed/humiliated.
Part of my community’s training was to go on short mission. An activity was to deliver a talk. I prepared very diligently and was quite excited to share the Good News with the group. A few minutes into the sharing I suddenly went blank! About 50 pairs of eyes were fixed on me yet no words came from my mouth! Up to today I remember perfectly the day and time!
Name an occasion/incident when you felt God was far away.
My father passed away in 2002 and I was out of the country. I felt a great emptiness as I sat in the plane for a very long flight home. I knew I would not be able to talk to my father again. It was something I loved doing and wanted to do for the last time.
What do you like best about being a missionary?
a) That God called me and I chose to say “yes” to this lifestyle.
b) That I am given the opportunity take up a degree in Theology so that we can be of greater service to the Church.
c) Being a missionary has given me the opportunity of sharing the Word of God with people from different places, experiences, backgrounds and in different languages.
What are the usual distractions during your prayer time? What do you do about them?
My usual distraction during prayer is thinking about the many things I have to do after prayer. I list down all the things I need to do and tell God to help me not to forget that prayer time is His time. After that I carry on with prayer.
Pope Francis calls for a Church for the poor, by the poor. How do you live that within your vocation?
Besides not accummulating things, my community tries to live a simple life. Another way is placing all my talents and limitations at the service of my community and the Church.
What do you like doing most when with your biological family?
Travelling. Also sitting down with my mother, siblings and their kids to share a nice meal, experiences and memories from our childhood.
What do you normally do to relax?
Read books, listen to music and go for long walks.
Favourite book or author?
Timothy Radcliffe, a biblical scholar. I resonate with some of his views and opinions. He brings fresh views about Religious life in a very relevant, real and appealing way. He is also deep and funny.
Kway teow and beef rendang. I also like hamburgers.
Mexican Sister Leticia C Lopez
Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity