JOSPEHINE BAKHITA A WITNESS OF SAINTHOOD IN THE MODERN WORLD
In her own words:
“I am slowly going away, slowly, on my way to Eternity… I am going away carrying two pieces of luggage: one contains my sins, the other, much heavier, contains the merits of Jesus-Christ.
When I am in the Lord's presence, I will cover my ugly suitcase with the merits of the Virgin Mary, then I will open the other luggage and I will present the merits of Jesus and I will say to the Father: “be the judge of what you see”. Oh I am certain that I will not be sent away! Then I will turn to Saint Pater and I will tell him:” Close the door, because I am staying.”
From the Apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis: “Gaudete et Exultate” on sainthood in modern times:
Do not be afraid of sainthood. It will not take your forces away, nor will it take life or joy away from you. On the contrary, you will achieve what the Father conceived for you when he created you and you will be faithful to your own being. To depend on Him is to liberate ourselves from slavery in all its forms, and to lead us to recognize our own dignity. This is reflected in Saint Josephine Bakhita who, kidnapped and sold as a slave at age 7, […] endured multiple sufferings at the hands of cruel masters. But she understood that the deep truth is that God, and not man, is the real master of each human being. The experience became a source of infinite wisdom for this humble daughter of Africa.
Human trafficking is a horrible crime feeding on inequalities, on conflict and the instability that ensues. Traffickers exploit the hopes and the distress of others, and target the most vulnerable by depriving them of their fundamental rights. As children and youngsters migrants and refugees are the choice targets. (According to the UN, one third of the victims of trafficking are children). Women and girls are submitted to forced prostitution, forced mariages, and sexual slavery (According to the UN, sexual trafficking represents about 59% of human 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
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World Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking
Summary - February 8th is the World Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking: for this occasion, let us pray to St. Josephine Bakhita, who experienced the sufferings of slavery. Discover the community