Saturday, February 8, 2014

FEBRUARY 8: St. Josephine Bakhita

Thanks to Martha Ann Kirk

As we remember today ST. JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, a victim of Human Trafficking, let us also take a momento of silence to be in solidarity with the more than 27 million women, men, and children who suffer each day from modern slavery.

Freedom is more than good luck
Bakhita: “Fortunate One.” A slave owner gave this ironic name to a young girl kidnapped in Sudan in the 1800s. She was bought and sold many times. It was said that she forgot her birth name because of the great suffering she endured. Eventually she was transported to Italy and there gained her freedom. She joined the Canossian Sisters and was revered for her deep faith in God. Her name, once a symbol of oppression, became a symbol of hope. With Saint Josephine Bakhita, pray for freedom for the many people oppressed by human trafficking in the world today.

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