She was enslaved, beaten, and branded. And yet, Josephine Bakhita (c. 1869-1947) later said if she met her torturers she would kiss their feet, for without them she wouldn’t have become a Christian or a woman religious.
Saint Josephine Bakhita,
show me how
to free the bitterness in my heart
against those who have wronged me.
Pray with me for the strength
to cast aside the nursing of hurts
so there is more room
for God’s light to shine.
Forgive the unforgivable.