In the weeks before her death, St. Josephine Bakhita re-lived the terrible days of her captivity. More than once, she cried out: “Please, loosen the chains...they are heavy!” We ask for the intercession of St. Josephine as we pray:
For the estimated 27 million women, men and children currently held in slavery-like conditions.
R. Loosen the chains, O Lord; loosen the heavy chains!
For those exploited and objectified in the commercial sex industry. R.
For those forced to become soldiers, especially children who are made into tools for violence. R.
For those exploited for their labor in agricultural fields, factories, restaurants, private homes, or anywhere in the shadows, where they are out of sight. R.
For conversion of heart for the perpetrators and organizers of human trafficking. R.
For governments, corporations, and consumers, that we will address the systems that make human trafficking possible. R.
For the success of efforts to stop the demand for human trafficking. R.
Leader: Let us pray:
God of hope and freedom, inspire and strengthen us in our work to loosen the chains of human trafficking in our world, so that like St. Josephine Bakhita, we may stand firm in our resolve to create a slave-free world. Through Christ our Lord.
Have a blessed day!
Sister Theresa Sullivan, D.C.