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

June 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy - a light indescribable in human words - will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor's soul. As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love. My children, the Eucharist - my Son alive among you - His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breathe, His word brings about cognition of love. Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you.