Today we approach Ecuador. A Castilian saying says: Well born is to be grateful!

Sandra wants to express her gratitude to God, to life, to the sisters, to the people who have made it possible for the family to overcome the disease …….

My name is SANDRA LUCIA

Six months ago our lives have taken a 360 degree turn, in the month of March humanity was faced with an unprecedented challenge with the arrival of COIVID 19.

We have been filled with fears, uncertainties, anger, stress, despair and more. But we have also been able to verify that not only diseases of the body are those that haunt us but also those of the soul, lack of empathy, selfishness, injustice, economic inequality among others.

45 days ago with my mother, sister, nephew (baby) and children, I lived what I am sure many families in Ecuador and the world must go through and feel when they start to have flu symptoms, stomach pain, fever and general malaise. I felt very scared, desperate looking for a way to be able to access a free swab exam, because in Ecuador in particular this exam has a high cost. When I learned the positive result of the tests of my family and me, the fears were heightened, because under the responsibility of my mother was the care of my grandparents, 2 older adults who not many days ago had been living and sharing spaces, food and affection with us.

The experience of having been carriers of this virus has not been one of the best, we do not find medical care easily in state hospitals, at that time there were so many people that all public and private health homes were collapsed, the medicines were exhausted , which made it difficult to buy, luckily despite everything life is wise and very generous with me and my family.

The principles of life of my family have always been generosity, solidarity, love for others and others, in this experience of living again I could feel these three things with an intensity that I had not felt before, even when I have put in practice these values.

I want to thank life for my beautiful maternal and paternal family, they gave me each of their strengths, day by day they showed me their love in different ways, thanking life for giving me many political aunts who are around the world, daily I was accompanied by the prayers of the Missionary Carmelites, the fact of being aware of the schedule of each country in which they are doing their work, made me think and feel that I had a prayer 24 hours a day generating in my much hope. Thanks also to the sisters of the Provincial Council for the gift of the presence of my “ñaña” (aunt) Susy, who has been watching over us and especially taking care of my dear grandparents.

Be grateful for the extended family, the one that one has the possibility of meeting along the way, those whom we call friends and friends who every day gave me a message, a call, their willingness to collaborate in what they could according to Your possibility, Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, psychologists, cleaning staff, food, laboratory, X-rays and security of the Bicentennial Mobile Hospital for their support in my stay there, and finally to thank me companion of life that together with my children are the strong root of my tree of life.

To say goodbye to everyone, I would like to share with you the lyrics of a song by Monsignor Leónidas Proaño, this song I think perfectly describes everything I could feel when receiving the energy, the affection, the prayers, the care and the accompaniment in this process.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AND EVERYONE FOR LIFE

SOLIDARITY Mons. Leonidas Proaño

 Always keep your ears open

to the cry of the pain of others

and hear your call for help

is solidarity (3) 

  1. Keep your eyes always alert

and the eyes stretched out on the sea,

in search of some shipwrecked in danger

is solidarity (3) 

  1. Feel suffering as your own

of the brother here and there,

to own the anguish of the poor

is solidarity (3) 

  1. To become the voice of the humble,

discover injustice and evil,

denounce the unjust and the wicked

is solidarity (3) 

  1. Become a messenger yourself

of the sincere and fraternal embrace

that some towns send to other towns

is solidarity (3)

  1. Share the dangers in the fight

for living in justice and freedom

 risking in love until life

is solidarity (3) 

  1. Surrender for love until life

it is the greatest test of friendship

is living and dying for Jesus Christ

is solidarity (3)