From Slave to Sister: Sr. Josephine Bakhita

“I lived a very happy and carefree life, without knowing what suffering (was)”. What a wonderful thing to be able to say. But it was not to last. The woman who described her young life in this way was to be captured by slave traders, would endure pain, torture and suffering, experienced more suffering than many. And yet, when hearing about Jesus from the Canossian Sisters, she could say this: “Those holy mothers instructed me with heroic patience and introduced me to that God who from childhood I had felt in my heart without knowing who He was.” How lovely, isn’t it? Her suffering became life-giving because of the presence of Jesus who was always with her. The example of the sisters caused her to become one of them, and to be a splendid example of the impact of a relationship with Jesus.

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