There are times when we find stones on our path. Depending on how big they are, we must either jump or climb over them. At times we think we won’t make it and we say, “Lord, You’re going too far. I don’t deserve this.” Instead of placing our life and our trust in Him, all we do is waste the little strength we have in grumbling and complaining.
Sometimes all we want to do is kick everything to the curb and not follow the Lord anymore. And sometimes we actually do this...What a shame, Lord! How sad and empty our heart is when we refuse to give You our hand so that You can help us fly over that stone.
There’s no good saying “Your will be done” if when You ask me for something I’m not willing to give it to You without arguing. Even if it hurts me and those around me, You will take care of everything.
That “Your will be done,” came to life in the young woman I want to introduce you to today. She is a very special girl named Elena Calero.
Elena was born on December 6, 1990, in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, in the heart of a Christian family. It was very normal for her to go to Mass and see crucifixes at home. Since childhood, she was a simple girl. After her Confirmation she began to delve deeper and deeper into her faith and to grow in her knowledge of God, to the point that He became the center of her life. She couldn’t live without the Eucharist and prayer, and she constantly encouraged other young people to draw nourishment from this source of life.
Elena’s union with the Lord was so close that you couldn’t understand her life apart from Christ.
When she was 24, she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. For her, this illness was the Lord calling her to surrender herself. In her simplicity—she couldn’t deny the Lord anything—Elena embraced her cross and never let go.
Everyone who saw her admired her strength: “Sometimes when we gathered together, she might have been in a lot of pain or worn out, but you could never tell. She always gave her all without complaint.”
As time went by, her health deteriorated and she was admitted to the hospital. Nonetheless, she never stopped caring about those around her and never ceased to glorify God and offer Him EVERYTHING for souls, without holding back, even when it came to being pricked by the largest needle. The greatest pains united her to Jesus on the Cross, the source of infinite strength and love.
Finally, on November 20, 2014, at the age of 24, Elena left this earth to meet the One she loved most, the One who gave meaning to her life.
Now that you know Elena, I hope what happened to me happens to you, too: that you want to always say “Yes.” Just tell the Lord, “Lord, I’m a wimp! I can’t do it on my own! Give me Your hand. Unite me to You on the Cross.” The Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, will sustain you close to Her Heart. Even if it seems like suffering swallows you up and you don’t understand anything, your heart will rest and overflow with love. You’ll know why everything was the way it was once you’re in Heaven. Get started.
-Ana Pérez, Spain