However the heat wasn’t the biggest impact I experienced at the conclusion of my sabbatical. I still cannot shake myself off an encounter with a missionary in Yaoundé, Cameroun. Sister Hanna works in the retreat house next to the Basilica of Our Lady there. As a young nun she went to Rwanda where she worked for 10 years. Unfortunately she got malaria and her condition was so bad that she had to leave Africa. To cut the long story short she said to me: “I was told that I would never be able to return to my mission but I prayed and prayed. It took me 12 years but when 2 years ago my doctor told me that my health got better I said to my superior: I am ready to go back. This time I was appointed to Cameroun. I have no words to thank God for his goodness. He gave me the heart that has come to love Africans and Africa and through my illness God has even intensified my love for this continent.”
I still treasure the memory of the nun, and I thank God for putting her on my path. In her eyes I saw heaven because her eyes were telling of her love for Christ and for the people she minister to. I also pray that the Good Lord may give us, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, young men who will love Christ so much that this love will overflow in their Oblate ministry. I ask you to pray for that too. Thanks.