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Pause and Pray

Praying with Bakhita

Feb 8, 2021
candles inside a church


St. Josephine Bakhita bore scars throughout her body from years of slavery, yet her courageous heart remained unblemished. She forgave her enslavers because she understood something they could not: Love will always conquer hate.


Dear God,
Josephine Bakhita endured horrors
I cannot fathom,
yet her bravery,
her mercy,
and her warrior spirit
could not be restrained
by man-made chains.
Teach me to forgive as she forgave
and to love as she loved.
Help me to understand
what she understood with such clarity:
True freedom can only come
from you.


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Bernie O'Bryan
Tue, 02/08/2022 - 02:49 AM
Bernie O'Bryan
I am fortunate to learn of saint Josephine Bathita today. I was surprised slavery was still going on then, even though it had been outlawed in most countries. Sadly, it goes on today, forced labor, forced unspeakable acts, drugs and cruelities. Evil grows when others look away. May St. Josephine's mercy be a model for myself. I never read of her going on great crusades, great preaching or inspired writing, but like the Little Flower St.Teresa, her actions, attitude and faith must have inspired many.

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