Chiquitunga: cheerful and helpful

May 30, 2018-Reading time: 2 minutes

Chiquitunga tells us that today we can become saints if we live with passion an ideal, in her case her desire that everything be saturated with Christ: Christ, his Church, the brethren were her ideal. 

I met the Servant of God Mary Felicia of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Blessed Sacrament (Chiquitunga) when I was a teenager, when I was a member of the Pequeñas section of the Catholic Action of San Roque Parish and she was the archdiocesan delegate of Pequeñas. I saw her perform at Pequeñas rallies and at some Catholic Action meetings. I entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites of Asuncion two years after her death. Here I was surprised to see how her memory remained so vivid within the community. I was struck by the frequency with which the sisters spoke of her, recalling her exquisite fraternal charity, her joy, her self-denial. They related her innumerable anecdotes, impregnated with healthy humor. I did not live with her, but I heard the sisters say that she was obedient, very charitable, humble, helpful and always cheerful, trying to cheer up the community at all times, using the natural gifts with which the Lord endowed her. She was always there for everyone, knowing how to forgive, to excuse, to welcome, etc.

I spoke with her on the eve of her admission to Carmel. She was serene, with her usual smile, and among other things I remember her saying to me: "I do the opposite of Jesus: I lived thirty years of public life and now I begin my hidden life.".

I attended a few of the Catholic Action Girls' gatherings that she organized. She was full of joy and enthusiasm. Many memories remain of her evenings in the Community.

Chiquitunga tells us that today we can become saints if we live with passion an ideal, in her case her desire that everything be saturated with Christ: Christ, his Church, the brethren were her ideal. She tells us that we can be happy giving ourselves to others, forgetting ourselves for the sake of others.

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