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Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh. My enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have fallen. If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident. One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple. For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle.
He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head above my enemies. I have gone round, and have offered up in his tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me. My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
Set me, O Lord, a law in thy way, and guide me in the right path, because of my enemies. Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself. I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. Expect the Lord, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.
Book of Psalms 27: 1-8, 11-14
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile."
Saint Mark 7:14-15
Comforting words from Our Lord Jesus Christ for those who have suffered rape, abuse or sexual violence. Today we have a patron saint in Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947).
"One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the masterís son. He became furious, snatched me violently from my hiding place, and began to strike me ferociously with the lash and his feet. Finally he left me half dead, completely unconscious. Some slaves carried me away and lay me on a straw mat, where I remained for over a month. A woman skilled in this cruel art [tattooing] came to the generalís house. Our mistress stood behind us, whip in hand. The woman had a dish of white flour, a dish of salt and a razor. When she had made her patterns; the woman took the razor and made incisions along the lines. Salt was poured into each of the wounds. My face was spared, but six patterns were designed on my breasts, and 60 more on my belly and arms. I thought I would die, especially when salt was poured in the wounds. It was by a miracle of God I didnít die. He had destined me for better things."
Saint Josephine Bakhita, as a slave
"With the religious of the congregation of the Daughters of of Charity of Saint Magdalene of Canossa, she learned that God had remained in her heart, giving her the strength to endure her slavery. And to the One who she knew not who He was, from that moment on she began to know. Bakhita had initiated her self-discovery with Christian faith and with liberty. She was baptized on January 9, 1890, and received at the same time her first communion by the patriarch Cardinal of Venice. She received in baptism the name, Josefina Margarita Fortunata.
Here I have become one of the daughters of God, is what she manifested at the moment she received the baptismal waters. On that day when she received the sacraments of Christian initiation she did not know how to express her joy. Her large eyes shined, revealing an inner emotional intensity. She was seen from that moment kissing frequently the baptismal fount, exclaiming: Here I became daughter of God! She expressed in her biography that with each passing day she became more convinced that this God, who she now knew and loved, had attracted her to Himself through mysterious paths, guiding her, taking her by the hand, and bringing her - she wrote - 'until here in a strange way.'"
"The medal she wore around her neck was double-sided, with Our Lady of Sorrows on the front side, and the back side depicts the instruments of Jesusí suffering, as drawn by our foundress, St. Magdalene of Canossa. These pictures were encased in gold and/or brass frame with glass - and later - plastic window panes. Each Canossian Sister wore this medal (and they would put between the two pictures their private messages to Jesus, hung from a black, silk woven cord." From Canossian Sr. Lisa
Our Lady of Sorrows,
pray for us
Prayer to Saint Josephine Bakhita
Universal Sister
Loving God, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine Bakhita.
By serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
To obtain favor from St. Josephine Bakhita please say an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be and kindly remember to pray for our suffering Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan, her native land, who at this very moment are being persecuted, sold into slavery, and converted against their will to the Muslim religion.
Prayer from The Holy Mother of God Chapel, Shrine of Saint Josephine Bakhita at Solid Ground Ministry, New York; www.solidgroundministry.com
Saint Josephine Bakhita, pray for freedom from bondage in the world
"What can this African Saint teach us people of today? the Spanish missionary journal, Mundo Negro asked. The editor Josť Luis Lisalde answers by saying that ĎBakhita taught us the path of liberation. The path she followed and that lead her from slavery to freedom still has to be walked by so many people that are subject to a variety of forms of slavery.í"
"Bakhita is truly the most African Saint, and her life story is a story of the Continent, concerning Catholics, Protestants, Muslims or followers of traditional African religions. Her spirituality and endurance makes her Our Universal Sister,' as Pope John Paul II called her."
February 8 - Saint Josefina Margarita Fortunata - Saint Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) - The Truth of Jesus Christ Leads us to Freedom
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