Today, February 8, is the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This day was picked to coincide with the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita who suffered horrific treatment by her kidnappers.
It is hard to imagine in this time in history that human beings would be treated in this way. An estimated 35.8 million men, women and children are trapped in modern slavery today!
Each of us is a result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. – Pope Benedict XVI
Please pray for the victims and their families:
A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
God of freedom, beauty and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.
We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
They are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.
Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that others are not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.
Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
Amen. May it be so.