Relevant Catholic Divine Inspirations and Holy Lights
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION,
WHOM SHALL I FEAR?
THE LORD IS THE PROTECTOR OF MY LIFE;
OF WHOM SHALL I BE AFRAID?
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
"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
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;
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