Monday, February 8, 2010:
Today we remember St. Josephine Bakhita from Sudan who sheds light into the power of God at work in the most difficult circumstances of our lives. St. Bakhita was captured by slave traders and mistreated most of her youth. She later encountered the Lord and learned the way of forgiveness saying, "if these things had not happened, I would not have been a Christian and a religious today". She offered her life to God as a Canossian sister when she made her profession of religious vows on December 8, 1896 in the Motherhouse at Verona, Italy. On that day, she expressed her missionary desire to spread the Gospel to her brothers and sisters in Africa, praying "Grant, O Lord that they too may know and love You!". Today, we thank the Lord and pray for our sisters in Sudan, who in the use of modern media are making Jesus known and His Love shown to His people there.
P.S. Please pray for our sisters in Juba, Sudan:
Excerpts of St. Bakhita from: "St. Bakhita: From African Slave to Servant of the 'Good Master'" by Ann M. Brown, 2000, New Hope Publications.