Feb. 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
Join us, along with the @thechausa and Northeast Ohio’s own Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, in honoring the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking with this prayer:
God, we ask your blessing on every victim of human trafficking. We know you bear their fear, their hurt and their pain.
May they feel your loving presence wash over them.
May justice be served.
May these women, men and children be released from the anguish they suffer.
As the people of Catholic health ministry, make us instruments of love and compassion — seeking out, serving and helping to heal those who are victims of human trafficking. In Your name we pray. Amen.