"Because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold." (Matthew 24:12)

To me, those are some of the most terrifying words in Scripture:  that so many people will lose heart, lose their capability to love because of the evil which seems to abound in the world.  When we see the horrors of child abuse, abortion, forced prostitution, desert_rose.jpgterrorism and other atrocities, it can cause fear to rise up from the pit of our stomach and take hold of us.  To continue on the thread of yesterday's post, somehow Josephine Bakhita was able to overcome the evil done to her without her love growing cold.  She found a safe haven where her fragile heart was able to slowly open and bloom like a Rose of Sharon in the African desert.

"Only an embrace without measure allows the re-blossoming of hope.  This is what the Church brings to the world." (Traces Magazine, Vol. 12 2010)  Our Mother, our Church!- ready to embrace us and gather us in as the lost sheep that we are; who brings us the Shepherd, the only One able to keep our love truly alive.  Bakhita was enfolded in that embrace and was reborn in strength, beauty and dignity as a true daughter of Christ.

When we open a newspaper and read of a baby born and thrown in the trash or another loss of innocent lives in a terrorist act, where can we go - "Who has the words of eternal life?"  Come to Christ and His Church as Josephine Bakhita did, and find the re-blossoming of hope.

St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!