Friday, 8 February 2019

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Saint Josephine Bakhita


The 8th of February is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita F.D.C.C. (ca. 1869 – 8 February 1947). 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, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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