Saturdays with the Saints: Josephine Bakhita

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Today I learned about St. Josephine Bakhita and her amazing journey from slave to Saint.

Feast Day: February 8
Patron of: Sudan

Josephine was kidnapped at very young age (elementary school aged), sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. She was beat, cut, and tortured in awful ways. She was re-sold several times, and finally bought by an Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan. He was the first kind “master” she had.

Two years later he took Bakhita to Italy and gave her to his friend Augusto Michieli. Bakhita became a babysitter to his daughter, whom she accompanied to Venice’s Institute of the Catechumens, run by the Canossian Sisters. This is where she came to know the Lord and wanted to be baptized and confirmed. This is when she took the name Josephine

Now she referred to God as “Master”… Such a beautiful transformation from her previous masters.

She once said “Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself: who could be the Master of these beautiful things? And I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage…”.

What a beautiful testimony to our innate knowledge of our Creator.

I so enjoyed making this amazing Saint for little hearts to play with. Check out my shop to purchase!

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