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Except for a brief period when she gave testimonials about her life, Josephine Bakhita basically lived in obscurity.  Certainly as a slave she went mostly unnoticed, and even as a Canossian Sister did nothing to draw attention to herself.  The Vatican biography notes:  "For another fifty years, this humble Daughter of Charity, a true witness of the love of God, lived in the community in Schio, engaged in various services:  cooking, sewing, embroidery and attending to the door."  (

St. Josephine Bakhita would probably be at odds with much of society today, where it seems so many seek after their "fifteen minutes of fame", not even caring what that entails as long as their name is in print or on the lips of others.  The Bible warns us about this:  "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."  (James 4:4)  God, of course, doesn't judge as the world judges.  He sees the heart, not the publicity.

Happily, the true friends of God - the Saints - can be found anywhere:  at daily Mass, serving you in a restaurant, caring for elderly parents, coaching their child's team.   They may not be Twittered about or be a guest on a late-night TV show, but they bring goodness and blessings into our world.  They follow the lead of our African Saint, who, like her Savior, "went about doing good."  (Acts 10:38)

St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!