Four new vocations for the Schoenstatt Fathers in Mexico
Four new Mexican postulants to the Community of the Schoenstatt Fathers share with Schoenstatt International their call to priestly life.
11 de February 2021
The Schoenstatt Family in Queretaro, Mexico, is celebrating with a huge surprise to share with the entire international family, which is that in recent months, a current of life has awakened the youth of this place, despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Along with the release of the album “Reina Fiel” (Faithful Queen), which is available on digital platforms, and the abundant life that has arisen from the new Schoenstatt center known as “Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine of Vista Dorada”, where more than 50 new pilgrims have sealed their Covenant of Love with the Blessed Mother in these times of pandemic, now, four members of the Boys’ Youth have dared to take a leap in the depth of their vocations to the service of the Church from Schoenstatt.
They want to tell us here a little about their call to priestly life.
Juan: When God calls, it’s difficult not to listen to him
Juan Ramón Santoyo Reyes explains that “when God calls, it’s difficult not to listen to him. For me this has been the situation since I entered Schoenstatt. I have been in the Movement for almost eleven years now, and I can say with certainty that Schoenstatt is the best thing that has happened to me in my life. It was at the age of 15 that I had my first vocational call, but it was not until I was 19 that I began an increasingly formal process. From then on, I have discovered a path full of blessings, personal encounters with God and Mary, as well as countless people who have filled my heart and soul.”
And he continues: “I am grateful to God for all that he has given me through so much. Schoenstatt is everything for me, and my priestly vocation is the role that, I believe, God has given me in his plan. I am a son of my history, of the history of Schoenstatt in Mexico and Queretaro, of all those who have given their lives so that I can be here. Day by day I try to do the same, so that many more can find their vocation, whatever it may be.”
Ariel: I just want to lay down my heart to follow God’s will
For his part, José Ariel González Gámez shared: “I am sure that the call I received was, first of all, a call from my Father to know myself and to feel very loved by Him. That put in my heart a great desire to correspond to His love. I really do not know what He has in store for me and how far I will go on this path that looks somewhat complicated, though very exciting. I just want to lay down my heart to follow God’s will, and thus, every day I will be able to give him a new yes”.
And he concluded: “I would also like to invite everyone to take a small pause in their lives and listen to what the voice of Jesus has to say. He wants to be heard and not just asked for. I know that by doing this, it will become much easier for each one of us to live happily.”
Jesús: With a firm voice and a free will I decide to give my yes
Jesús Eduardo Compean Valdez expresses in his testimony: “Mary’s gaze has always held me captive and now that I have decided to say yes, I remember that God is always faithful even if one is not. I vividly remember the words of my mother, on one occasion when speaking with a priest: ‘If you don’t let yourself be caught by the nets, Father, it will be by the hook, it will hurt more because you will have to give more, but in the end I am convinced that he will follow your voice wherever you call him.’ She told me this years after the event and today with a firm voice and free will I decide to give my yes.”
Luis: Why me? I wanted to run away, but in the end we dined together
For his part, Luis Raymundo Cervantes Flores shares his experience with the words, “‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.’ (Rev 3:20) Such has been this adventure to which God has called me. The yes to the Covenant of Love, the yes to the Blessed Mother and to God’s plans transforms life.”
And he continues: “Jesus began to knock on my door with this desire four years ago. After sealing my Covenant of Love, I began a new dream, the dream of my life, very excitedly. However, when it started to become more real, I got scared and began to doubt. Why me? I wanted to run away, His love permitted me to do so, but He, ever faithful, stood at the door knocking. Three and a half years later a pandemic came along that put a big brake on my life, allowing me to take a step back, to see where I was standing.
I found myself with a God who all this time was at my door knocking, even if it was raining, snowing, thundering outside, he was there and every time he knocked, I answered, “not now”, “just around the corner”, “don’t bother”, rejecting him. Until I had the courage to open the door, and he came in and we finally dined together and started to talk face to face.
I applied to the community of the Schoenstatt Fathers and with a burning heart I was accepted. In a parallel way, without knowing about each other, brothers from the Boys’ Youth were also going through this process and in due time we were accepted. Now there are four postulants from Queretaro, four of us who walk together and dream together towards the priesthood with a yes in our hearts, ready for the madness of love that the Blessed Mother has in store for us with Jesus.”
We rejoice with them for the yes they have given to this new stage in their lives, and we prayerfully accompany their vocation process, at the service of Schoenstatt, and through Schoenstatt, to the Church.
Translation: María Soledad Bejarano and Stephen Bromley