Wednesday, February 8, 2012
(Photo from AmericanCatholic.org)
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. Enslaved as a young girl in late 1800's Sudan, she went on to gain her freedom in Italy and become a nun devoted to faith and service. That faith and service lead to Pope John Paul II cannonizing her in 2000.
The best article about her life can be found at the link below:
There is a line in a song that goes as follows:
"...frozen, they were stolen,all the kings and the queens- Sudanese and Congolese who put the roll in the rock...".Such words couldn't ring truer in Bakhita's life. The "rock" was her faith and her Maker. The "roll" was her steadfastness. Hers is a true freedom fighting story.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Photo: Courtesy of the Mother Lange Guild Website
To celebrate Black History Month, your humble blogger would like to introduce to you Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first religious congregation of women of color in the Universal Church. Why Mother Lange, you ask? Hers is a little known story within Black, Catholic, and American history as a whole. Here is her story:
For more information on the Oblate Sisters of Providence, go to http://www.oblatesisters.com
Investigation into cause for Mother Lange's beatification and cannonization has been opened. Information is available at http://motherlangeguild.homestead.com