For Mother’s Month, we tell you the story of Mayra Cordero, a Mexican Laudato Si’ Animator living in Canada who devised an Eco-Spirituality Empowerment Program to foster environmental leadership among Catholic mothers.

Mayra studied Environmental Science and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management. Her ecological conversion came about in a progressive but impactful and revealing way when she learned about Laudato Si’, as she was able to combine her faith with her passion for environmental care. 

At the age of 19 she moved to Texas, USA, to study English and a leadership class led her to create a recycling project at the university that would later make her the institution’s Recycling Coordinator. For 10 years Mayra did this work, winning local and national awards, giving presentations, workshops and events at other institutions. 

She had suddenly become a reference, not only in recycling but also in caring for our Common Home by promoting best practices in sustainability. However, when she got married, became a mother and had to quit her job, she discovered that something was missing in her life: “I went into a crisis as I realized that my identity was a lie, that it was just my accomplishments and what I had done. But, who am I without all that, who am I if the only thing I’m helping the planet with is cleaning diapers?” wondered Mayra.

At the time, she was distanced from God and faith. “My mentality about sustainability was one that many people have: we are going to save the environment ourselves. But I wasn’t seeing that I was a creature and part of creation,” Mayra says.

Little by little, she began to get closer to God again “with YouTube videos about Eucharistic miracles,” discovering that, through science, the Lord was showing her that He was there, next to her. “In that encounter with the Lord, He told me: ‘You are my beloved daughter and the environment is my gift to you; with it I am showing you that I love you,’” Mayra recalls. 

That moment, Mayra says, “marked my personal development and human growth.” She began to seek advice from leaders and coaches, and then came to know Catholic coaching, where she found a place for professional development, combining all her passions: “Knowing how our body and mind work, from the Lord’s point of view, allows you to regulate your emotions and actions. It was the part that many moms, like me, were missing.”

Mayra thought, “If you are not loving yourself, if you are not receiving God’s love, how are you going to truly love your family and your Common Home?” It was then that she created the Eco-Spirituality Empowerment Program to foster environmental leadership among Catholic mothers, and began teaching these tools to many women in Latin America, the United States and Canada.

Si bien el programa no está enfocado puntualmente en lo ambiental, estas prácticas se convierten en un fruto. Todos los cambios de hábitos para el cuidado de la casa común son el fruto de lo que una mujer necesita para equilibrarse en todas las esferas de su vida. “Conocer Laudato Si’ fue revelador, fue la confirmación de que si se puede”, afirma Mayra.

The Catholic Mothers Program

The mission of the Program is to initiate a coherent ecological conversion by combining human formation with spiritual formation. It is a five-month program in a practical online modality focused on spirituality. The topics covered revolve around several R’s: 

  • R for recharging yourself, knowing who you are, knowing your identity, feeling loved.
  • R for rethinking our thoughts. To think about what is true and untrue in everything that revolves around us.
  • R for reprogramming. Our Lord tells us: “Be made new in the attitude of your minds. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” So to renew your mind with this program is to give yourself the practical tools for a life change.
  • R for re-evaluating. We live on autopilot and that’s how we would like to enjoy ourselves, but we can’t. There are certain things that can be done automatically, but we have to open our eyes and see what we are doing. 
  • R for rediscovering, to see, for example, what we are buying. Fast fashion contributes to the abuse of children and the loss of millions of liters of water, among other things that we must rediscover. 

To learn more about Mayra Cordero and her Program, visit her website and follow her on social media.