Our sister Ferroudja celebrated her final vows in the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa in Alger on June 24. She is from Kabyle, the cradle of our congregation. Another mass was celebrated in Thanksgiving of the 1st of July in Farroudja parish. Many sisters and friends came to participate in the celebrations.
Here we have the witness of some moments of grace, by Jeanne D’Arc Ouattara.
“The Lord is faithful in all He does” (Ps 32:4)
These words of the Psalmist are of a reality that we can taste in the days that preceded and follow Ferroudja’s vows. Words that are fulfilled for us in Algeria, for the Church and the world, in simple yet profound gestures that make God present in our midst, in hearts open to his love and faithfulness.
What a wonderful surprise! Ferroudja’s younger brother, seeing his worried sister looking for a candle, presented her with the one she had received at her baptism. Like a treasure, he had preciously kept this candle, and the precious day arrived. Without a moment’s hesitation, he gave it back to his sister, who was moved to welcome it and carry it to the altar on June 24 during the celebration of perpetual vows in the Basilica of Notre Dame d’Afrique. There are no words that can express the fraternal love between a sister and her brother.
God is all faithfulness when a brother holds his sister so close to his heart.
What a wonderful surprise! Having walked with Ferroudja, a friend who came for the thanksgiving mass on July 1 in Ferroudja’s parish, offered her a cute little vase modeled by his wife. There are no words to express this love of faith between two disciples whom Christ has joined on the path of faith.
God is all faithfulness when two friends of Jesus carry his love ceaselessly in their hearts.
What a wonderful surprise! At the foot of Our Lady of Africa, prostrate, our sister Ferroudja, like Mary Magdalene, offers herself to the dead and risen Christ for the joy of the congregation of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa entrusted to her protection. God is only faithful when the heart of a woman apostle, like Mary’s, opens itself to God.
Everything becomes possible for hearts that seek God.