Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita

"Our Black Mother"

I know many conservative people dismiss the idea of Black History Month, nevertheless the commemoration exists in the U.S..  I personally think it is a good idea and is a wonderful way to commemorate the saints, one of them being St. Bakhita, a former slave from Sudan, moved to Italy.
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black Mother").

Bakhita was not the name she received from her parents at birth. The fright and the terrible experience she went through made her forget the name her parents gave her. Bakhita, which means "fortunate", was the name given to her by her kidnappers.
Sold in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum, she experienced the physical and moral humiliations and sufferings of slavery. In the Sudanese capital, Bakhita was bought by an Italian consul, Callisto Legnani. For the first time since the day she was kidnapped, she realized with pleasant surprise that no one used the lash when giving her orders; instead, she was treated with love and cordiality. In the consul's residence Bakhita experienced peace, warmth and moments of joy, even though veiled with nostalgia for her own family whom, perhaps, she had lost forever.

The political situation forced the consul to leave for Italy. Bakhita asked and obtained permission to go with him and a friend of his, a certain Mr. Augusto Michieli. On their arrival in Genoa, Mr. Legnani, at the request of Mr. Michieli's wife, agreed to leave Bakhita with them. She followed the new "family", which settled in Zianigo, near Mirano Veneto. - Finish reading at Catholic Online

In our day there continues to be human trafficking and slavery - may St. Bakhita pray for all the missing, enslaved, those exploited, tortured and terrorized. 


  1. Amen, on all points.

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  3. Excellent post.

    Very edifying.



  4. Terry, I don't know if you've heard of St. Fleur but, coming across her, I thought you'd find her life edifying as well.

  5. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Giuseppina Bakhita really helped me with my kids at mealtimes when they would not touch their food. I had read she was wonderful with children and they loved being in her company, so I began invoking her aid at mealtimes and the results were great!


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