Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita

From slave to saint!

(Sorry for the blur!)

I purchased a traditional African game, Mancala, for the family to play in honor of her feast day.  (I found it on Amazon for $12.)



Saint Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869.  As a child, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  The ordeal was so terrifying that she forgot the name her parents had given to her at birth.  After suffering greatly from humiliation and the whip by her masters, she was eventually bought by the Italian counsel, Callisto Legnani, a man who treated her with only kindness and love.  After a series of events, she ended up in Italy as a babysitter and then left to the care of Canossian Sisters of the Institute of Catechumens in Venice.

Living with the nuns, she came to know God and was baptized.  She studied at the convent where she felt the call to be a nun. St. Josephine Bakhita was a nun for 50 years.  During this time she was a witness to faith and Christian hope.

For a more detailed story of this saintly woman, read here.

St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~

2 comments:

  1. Hi Patty! I have heard of Mancala, but I've never played it. What a great idea for a remembrance of St. Josephine. I read about her before in my Magnificat, I just love reading the lives of the saints.
    Hope you had a good weekend!
    Ceil

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  2. I didn't know Josephine was patroness of Sudan. That poor country is so afflicted with internal warfare and it is always the children who suffer most. We had a visiting priest from South Sudan at one point. He was a wonderful preacher, but he risked his life in returning home to serve the Church there. St Josephine, pray for your dear countrymen and women.

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