I'd also like to meet Caryll Houselander, who wrote several books on spirituality. I read "The Reed of God" many times.
Q: Do you have a treasured possession?
A: Letters written by my parents and my brother when they were still in Cuba and I was in the U.S. When I read them, I feel as if I'm walking into a history book.
Q: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
A: I wonder how a country like Cuba could be ruined in such a short time.
Q: Your most memorable spiritual experience?
A: One thing that comes to my mind is the day I arrived from Cuba. Suddenly I realized I could not go back. I was 13, and I grew up in that moment. I feel the reason I survived those years is my faith.
Q: Something most people don't know about you?
A: I like to fix things, like a door that isn't closing right. I'd be Mrs. Fix-It if I could.
Q: What one thing would you change about yourself?
A: I wish I weren't as shy as I am.
Q: Is there one thing you can't stand?
A: I don't like the noise of generators. That's something you can understand only if you've lived through a hurricane in South Florida.
Q: Have you ever doubted your faith?
A: Yes, especially when I was in high school. Religion for me was very important. It was basically all I had left. I asked if God really exists, and if the Roman Catholic Church is really the true church.
Q: How were those doubts resolved?
A: By studying the Gospel of John. I also read a commentary by Raymond Brown. He answered many of the questions I had.
Q: Motto, or favorite scripture verse?
A: John 1. It talks about God being the Word, and it talks about everything begin made by him. That connects with my love for nature. And because it's the Word, it's organized and makes sense. There is a plan. sNothing is haphazard. That's the whole faith of the Catholic Church.
More about Garcia
Title: Administrative assistant, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach; coordinator, diocesan Catholic Relief Services.
Other community posts: Member, St. Mark's Catholic Church, Boynton Beach.
Education: Degree in English literature, master's degree in religious studies, Barry University.
Personal: 64. Born in Havana.