JOSEPHINE BAKHITA CANOSSIAN RELIGIOUS SISTER AND UNIVERSAL SISTER
A fellow sister in the convent once lamented to her
"Oh, poor you, what terrible sufferings you endured”. She answered “Me, poor? Never! ... I am a daughter of God… A daughter of God!!”
Extract from a homely by pope John Paul II on the occasion of her beatification on May 17,1992:
“Her message is one of heroic kindness, in the image of the kindness of our Celestial Father. She left us a testimony of reconciliation and of Christ-like forgiveness, which bears a compelling significance today: in our times of frantic race to power, to endless pleasure, both at the root of so much distrust, violence and solitude, Sister Bakhita is given to us by the Lord as a universal sister, because she reveals to us the secret of the truest happiness found in living the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5, 3-12)
What is human trafficking?
The Convention of the European Council on the fight against human trafficking gives the following definition
‘The recruitment, transportation, transfer, housing or welcome of persons, under threat of pursuits, or use of force or other forms of coercion, by kidnapping, fraud, deceit, abuses of authority, or of vulnerable situations, or by the offer or the acceptance of payments or other advantages to obtain the consent of a person having authority over another in the purpose of exploitation. The exploitation taking the form of, but not limited to, the exploitation of the prostitution of another person or other forms of sexual exploitation, work or forced services, slavery or related practices to slavery, servitude or organ trafficking.”
Let Us Pray
Let us pray for the victims of sexual slavery and sexual exploitation.
Let us pray for the victims of servitude, forced labor, and modern slavery
Let us pray for the victims of organ trafficking and all human body exploitation.
Let us pray for all victims of forced begging.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6