St. Josephine Bakhita

Dates: 1869-1947
Feast: Feb. 8
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When Josephine was a little girl, she was captured by slave traders in Sudan. The experience was so traumatic that she even forgot her name. The slave traders named her Bakhita, which means “lucky.” Over the next several years, she suffered under many cruel masters. Eventually she was purchased by an Italian family, and for the first time she could remember, she was treated kindly. She saw a crucifix and was moved by the fact that “God loved us so much he would suffer for us.” She was baptized and later became a sister. Her life was marked by gratitude to God. She said she was even grateful for her sufferings as a slave because she was able to offer them to Jesus.