patron files: st josephine bakhita

“Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who not know him. What a great grace it is to know God!” – St Josephine Bakhita

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Just wanted to drop this sentiment from St Josephine Bakhita here — born in Darfur, kidnapped by slave traders, and through the worst kind of horrors, ended up in Italy where she converted and became a nun. Now the patron of her home country, Sudan.

“If I were to meet those who kidnapped me, and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands. For, if these things had not happened, I would not have been a Christian and a religious today.”

I had heard of her previously, but ran across her story today and am blown away. Humility, grace, trust, acceptance, simplicity, gratitude — basically every virtue I struggle with is here in this woman in spades.

more here and here

I’ve been exploring the saints to work on my own faith life… Stay tuned for the occasional patron file.

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