Thursday, February 8, 2024

"Close the door, because I'm staying."...

 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere... Psalm 84:10a

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St. Josephine spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration and,
when one Sister asked if it tired her, she said,
"Not at all!  I have been having a
wonderful time with Him. 
He has waited so long for me."...
"Our Lord has always been so good to me ...
If I were to stay on my knees for my entire life,
I still would not be able to 
express my gratitude sufficiently."

St Josephine Bakhita
Sudan/Italy ~ 1869-1947
Religious (Canossian Daughters of Charity)
Click here: Canossian Daughters of Charity - Who We Are
Pope Benedict XVI, on 30 November 2007, in the beginning of his 
second encyclical letter Spe Salvi (In Hope We Were Saved), 
relates her entire life story as an outstanding example of the Christian hope.
Feast Day - Feb 8

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Toward the end of her life, Mother Bakhita used to smile and say: 
"I travel slowly, one step at a time, 
because I am carrying two big suitcases. 
One of them contains my sins, and in the other,
 which is much heavier, are the infinite merits of Jesus. 
When I reach heaven I will open the suitcases and say 
God: 'Eternal Father, now you can judge.' And to 
St. Peter: 'Close the door, because I'm staying.'"


St Josephine was known for her smile, gentleness and holiness. 
She even went on record saying, 
“If I were to meet the slave-traders who 
kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, 
I would kneel and kiss their hands, 
for if that did not happen, I would not 
be a Christian and Religious today.”

"Love the Lord and pray for those
who do not know Him.
What a grace it is to know God!"
St Josephine Bakhita

St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!

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