Towards the end of 1983, Cecilia became pregnant--this news was welcomed by the young couple and their entire family with great joy and excitement.

In February 1984, Cecilia noticed discomfort and then a sore on her tongue and after some tests, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. She refused any type of treatment which could have harmed the baby. Cecilia loved life: her own, her pre-born daughter’s, her family’s, everyone's. To respond to this challenge, she immersed herself in the present moment, holding on tightly to her deep Christian faith and the people she loved.

In order not to harm the baby, she chose to go for a surgical removal of part of her tongue and the lymphatic channel up to below her chin. However, despite the surgery, the tumor kept growing.

That was when the whole community noticed that Ceci started to “speed up” in her spiritual life, living intensely every present moment, totally surrendered to the will of a God Who is Love. And to fulfill this plan she chose to rely on her deep faith; the loving acceptance of that pain as "Jesus Forsaken"; the love from her husband, relatives, and friends; and the strength from the unity and closeness she experienced with those with whom she shared her ideal of life.

Baby María Agustina was born in July 1984 and her presence transformed life at home. In her diary, Cecilia described the daily routine in the following way:

“… in the very early morning, Daddy is the one who usually gives you the bottle. Then they take turns between them: Grandma Angelita, Grandpa Manolo and also Aunt María Inés who is here with us every free moment she has-when she comes, you belong in her arms only. Right now your Grandma is acting as a Mommy to you since I am not yet strong enough to do so myself; your Grandpa dotes on you all the time; and your Daddy is acting like a smitten grandfather as he is constantly saying, ‘See? What a beautiful daughter we have!”.

Cecilia felt the typical concerns of every new mother and enjoyed the happiness of motherhood. However, the situation in which she assumed this new role and her accompanying spiritual evolution, endowed her motherhood with new significance. She took care to put in writing, so her daughter could read it firsthand in the future, all the love she felt for her and the meaning of the experience she was going through. In most of her letters, just as in her diary, she used to describe Maria Agustina with great tenderness, detailing her physical characteristics, her personality, her growth, her progress, and the feelings she inspired. Cecilia regarded her daughter as a gift from Jesus and recognized that she acted as a balm for her, and told her of how she radiated peace and warmth.

Mary was Ceci’s model of femininity in general and in particular, of motherhood. When she suffered from not being with her daughter or not being able to take care of her due to her physical limitations, she would evoke the suffering of Jesus’ mother at the foot of the Cross and would think about the powerlessness Mary must have felt at not being able to hold Him or console Him, but only watch Him and pray for Him. She would place Maria Agustina under the protective halo of the Virgin Mary, trusting that this would multiply the care that she was providing for her daughter by a hundredfold.