My Calling, Your Calling?

By Deacon Hector J. Ibarra

Hector J. Ibarra

God does not call those who think they are prepared...
God prepares those whom He calls!

As a child growing up in Mission, TX, I attended Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church and elementary school. My brother, Arturo and sister Irma and I grew up in the family and faith community of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. Arturo, Irma, and I grew up very poor, just like many of you. Poor, that is, in terms of worldly treasures. We worked in the cotton fields, we cleaned offices. However, we were very rich in faith, hope, and love in our immediate family and the faith community of Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church.

I consider it a great privilege to encourage you to consider becoming a deacon, or encouraging a loved one to become a deacon. On behalf of my family, friends, and especially my mother, Santa and my father, Heliodoro, I will endeavor to be the best deacon humanly possible. As some of you know, I prepared myself for four years to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. In our first class and very often thereafter, I was told that my wife Magda, my son Javier, my daughters Erika and Karen were critical in my formation and in our service to the church. Without their prayers, sacrifice, and support I would not be a deacon today.

Some of my most treasured remembrances from when I was growing up were coming home at lunch and after school and seeing my mother in fervent prayer, just like Our Blessed Mother is in fervent prayer for each and every one of us! I hope and pray that my children, family, and friends will some day remember as treasured moments the times they have seen me in fervent prayer. These constant prayers of the church and the Blessed Mother will enable you to ask yourself or a loved one to also become a deacon.

Two-thousand years after our Blessed Mother gave birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, we are celebrating the heavenly riches of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. She is the patroness of the Americas. She is bestowing daily on each one of us the riches of spirituality that make us wealthy beyond belief and understanding.

My heroes are those of you who try to attend daily mass, pray or have prayed the rosary on a daily basis, have prayed a Novena, have a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother, attend mass and communion regularly. You are my heroes! Because of your constant prayers, people have come forward to answer the call to serve the Church.

When we pray the Rosary, we say Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you! The Lord has been with Our Blessed Mother from the beginning of time. Just like the Lord is with each and every one of us today! God is all knowing, all-powerful, omni present. He is the Good News! He asks us today and forever more to proclaim His Good News to our family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. God is calling each of you to serve!

Blessed are you among women! I see our Blessed Mother, a young lady, who is so humble in her poverty that she gave birth to the King and Redeemer of the World in a stable, just as my mother and your mothers gave birth to us in their humility, and perhaps poverty. Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus! I see Our Lady of Guadeloupe holding Jesus her Son and Son of God in her loving arms after the crucifixion, and tears come to my eyes. They share the pain she suffered, so that each of us could become part of God’s family.

God is calling each of you to serve in one capacity or another. Is He calling you to become a Deacon?

For more information about Hector Ibarra, visit his biography page.

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