Thursday, 8 February 2018

# Saints

Saint Josephine Bakhita


The 8th of February is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita. She is the patron saint of Sudan and her feast day is dedicated as the International Day of Prayer to Stop Human Trafficking.

Saint Josephine Bakhita’s family were wealthy Sudanese living near Darfur. However, she when she was nine years old, she was kidnapped and became a slave. She was renamed Bakhita, meaning “fortunate” in Arabic by her kidnapper and was sold and resold, being maltreated by her owners until 1883 where she was purchased by an Italian consul. He treated her well, and they lived in Italy where she worked as a nanny until 1889 where the Italian government declared her to be free. She stayed in Italy and became a baptised Catholic in 1890, receiving her First Holy Communion from the future Pope St Pius X. She changed her name to Josephine, a Christian name, and entered the Institute of Canossian Daughters of Charity in 1896. She was nicknamed “Our Black Mother” by the Italians for her spirit and warm heart. She was recognised for her charity towards the children and the poor.

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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.

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