I decided to join the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because they demonstrated a deep love of God and neighbor. Their love for God was apparent in their prayer life and their love of Mary, the Lord’s chosen. I learned by their example the value of prayer and the crucial need for dependence upon God in serving His people. I loved that they wore the habit. The habit is a silent invitation as well as a gentle reminder. It is an invitation to others that says, “Come, ask me about my life, so I can share how good the Lord is.” Wearing the habit helps me to remember that when others see me, they see a representative of the church, and I’m giving the opportunity to to provide a true, positive image of the Church, when it is often perceived in the light of scandal and infidelity.
I joined the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary because of the diligence
and care with which they carried out their apostolate. I had the privilege of spending my
novitiate among the elderly Sisters, and often thought how blessed I would be to end my life as they did, exclaiming with St. Paul, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:6-7).” I saw how selflessly they spent themselves in service of others. Until their last moments, they continued to serve in the little ways left to them in the fragility brought by age. I love my congregation because we are a group of real people striving for holiness for ourselves as well as the children and families we joyfully serve.
Sr. Alice Martinez (left) and
Sr. Veronica Loya