After my first farewell in Berba in Eypt I spent time in Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Now for the final say good by I come back to Berba once more. The road to Ein Karem, in order to take up my new ministry within the congregation leads me via Rome. Today its Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This gave me the opportunity to share Sunday Mass in the church Andrea delle Fratte. It was in this church where 172 years ago, Alphonse Ratisbonne was lead to his Baptism through the intervention of Mary Mother of Jesus, Mother of God.
I prayed for God’s blessing on our new ministry the International Novitat in Jerusalem. And I asked Father Mary Alphonse and Father Theodore to pray for our Congregation â€œNotre Dame de Sionâ€œ which was founded by Theodore Ratisbonne, the oldest brother of Alphonse Ratisbonne when he heard from his brother about the event of January 20th1842 in this church.
â€œShe said nothing, but I understood all.â€ Alphonse Ratisbonne
“Maryâ€™s silence, when she showed herself to Alphonse Ratisbonne on January 20, 1842, is more eloquent than a thousand words.
For it has to do with a great mystery and even, according to Paul, â€œtheâ€ mystery par excellence: that God reveals his love for the whole of humanity by choosing a particular people; that God is born of this people, and upholds this choice within the universality of Godâ€™s love.
This silence leaves us the space to contemplate that mystery, to scrutinize it without ever thinking we have come to its end. This is what Alphonse Ratisbonne understood and passed on to us, and it is what we celebrate ever since on every January 20th in the large family of Our Lady of Sion.” Sr. Anne-Catherine Avril NDS
Sr. Juliana Baldinger NDS