We still have confidence

Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr

We have and, to a lesser extent, continue to undergo significant transformations related to the coronavirus pandemic. Our lifestyles and gatherings are no longer the same. We have all been affected by the restrictions and social distancing measures. Our mental health has also been challenged.

On the other hand, we are seeing new initiatives and have become more aware of our common humanity. A tiny virus from the ends of the earth can easily spread across borders at lightning speed. If this problem is global, the solution must also be global. The same is true of climate change.

At its level, the institutional Church is also infected by its shady past, by its mistakes. It gives the impression of being in intensive care. We have become a minority of believers waiting for a spiritual vaccine to protect us. But this vaccine is already available.

We are always confident, knowing that (...) we walk in faith, not in clear vision" (p. 5). we walk by faith, not by sight" (Cor. 5:6).

In fact, our personal and collective life is constantly punctuated by profound transformations. Human beings have this exceptional ability to adapt to almost any circumstance circumstances, even in old age. Our spiritual vaccine is confidence. We persist in walking in faith even when we cannot see clearly where we are where we are going. This attitude will carry us through death.

For the moment, we are still of this world. Let's take advantage of this to stay the course despite our lack of clear vision. In the end, the most important thing is not where we are going, but rather to ensure the quality of the small steps of kindness that we that we take on the daily road of life. No more!

On the subject of changes, I would like to announce that Father Jacques Poirier, who has been writing the Letter to Friends for several years, is going back to Burkina Faso, in Africa. We We are invited to accompany him with our support and prayers while thanking him for the services rendered. A new editorial team will be announced in the next edition of the magazine. next issue of the magazine.

Today, I invite you to read the testimony of Adrien Sawadogo, a young White Father who met Christ around the time of his death. Sawadogo, a young white Father who met Christ at the age of 22. From being a Muslim, he became a Christian and Missionary of Africa. You will also read about the origins of the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa in Algeria, patroness of the Missionaries of Africa. Finally, there is an invitation to to participate in the project of furnishing the school of arts and crafts of Gyedna in Nigeria.

Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr