Wednesday, 8 February 2017

# Saints

Saint Josephine Bakhita

The 8th of February is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita. She is the patron saint of Sudan.

Saint Josephine Bakhita was born to a wealthy family near Darfur. At the age of nine she was kidnapped and forced into slavery. Her kidnappers named her Bakhita which means fortunate in Arabic. She was repeatedly sold, beaten and tortured by various owners until 1883 when she was purchased by an Italian consul who was kind and treated her well. He sent her to Italy as a nanny. In 1889 the Italian government declared her to be a free woman and she was illegally held as a slave. She then decided to stay in Italy and was baptised into the Catholic Church in 1890 and received her First Holy Communion from the future Pope St. Pius X. She took the name Josephine and entered the Institute of Canossian Daughters of Charity in 1895. She was known as "Our Black Mother" by the Italians. She was also known for her charity towards children and the poor. Her feast has been designated the International Day of Prayer to stop Human Trafficking.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, you whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way - because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God's grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you.