Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for February 2019

Saint Josephine BakhitaHuman Trafficking
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Loving God, who rewards the humble with your own transcendent grace, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with remarkable charity and mercy, even for those whose hatred, greed and lust for power rendered them blind to her luminous humanity. May her prayers on behalf of the exploited, the victimized and the powerless rescue the captives, strengthen the oppressed and move the hearts and minds of the unjust. May your light flood into the darkest shadows amid our needful world, carrying with it the balm of your healing and unfathomable mercies — both for those innocents who suffer and survive within such sinful darkness and for the wayward souls who have brought them there. Renew, we beg, these broken hearts and wounded spirits. Have mercy upon a world disordered
and disoriented by the nonstop assault of evil. We ask this through your son, Christ Jesus, whose own consecrated servant, Josephine Bakhita, bore the scars of exploitation and now resides forever before your throne, as patroness of these poor souls. Amen.