Hence, when she was about to be taken back to Sudan, Bakhita refused; she did not wish to be separated again from her “Paron”.
On 9 January 1890, she was baptized and confirmed and received her first Holy Communion from the hands of the Patriarch of Venice.
The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life. Yet at this point a question arises: in what does this hope consist which, as hope, is “redemption”?
The essence of the answer is given in the phrase from the Letter to the Ephesians quoted above: the Ephesians, before their encounter with Christ, were without hope because they were “without God in the world”.
Thus the Letter to the Hebrews closely links the “fullness of faith” () to “the confession of our hope without wavering” ().
Likewise, when the First Letter of Peter exhorts Christians to be always ready to give an answer concerning the logos—the meaning and the reason—of their hope (cf. We see how decisively the self-understanding of the early Christians was shaped by their having received the gift of a trustworthy hope, when we compare the Christian life with life prior to faith, or with the situation of the followers of other religions.
The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open.And so my life is good.” Through the knowledge of this hope she was “redeemed”, no longer a slave, but a free child of God.