Sunday, February 8, 2009

"A Saint for Those Who Are Prisoners of Their Past"


Today is the feast day of recently canonized Saint Josephine Bakhita. Read her amazing story here. As Father Mark notes:

Looking to the future does not mean forgetting the past; it means transfiguring it. It means re-reading it with eyes of mercy in the light of faith. We need not remain slaves of our own histories, chained to the evil things, the hurtful things, the unjust things that happened ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, or seventy-five years ago. There is another way: the way of those set free by love.

May Saint Josephine Bakhita, La madre moretta, pray for us.

Hat tip: Elena Maria Vidal at Tea at Trianon.

3 comments:

Janet said...

She is one of my two favorite saints, the other being St. Martin de Porres. I pray for her intercession every day. I work with a Sudanese refugee that reminds me of her so much. Urelia is tall and quiet with a beautiful, musical voice and a deep, deep faith. I think that Josepine Bahkita must have been like that.

AMDG,
Janet

Pentimento said...

If you go to Elena Maria's post on Tea at Trianon and read the comments, you'll see one from a woman whose mother was taught by St. Josephine Bakhita as a child in Italy!

Janet said...

That is really neat. The first time I heard about her was when I was on a retreat given by Fr. John Horgan. He gave us all a holy card with her picture and a relic. For some reason, I just fell in love with her as soon as I saw her face.

AMDG,
Janet