"For in her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique,
manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain,
not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent,
kindly, firm, secure, tranquil..." (Wisdom 7:22-23)
Though speaking of Wisdom itself, these words could have described Bakhita. By all accounts there was a quiet wisdom about her, although she never brought attention to herself. Because of this, she was asked in the latter part of her life to speak in public about her ordeals and her faith. She wasn't completely comfortable doing so, but she was obedient and overcame her shyness, depending once again on God and His grace to do so.
Wisdom is a gift from God, something we should all desire. It starts with the fear of God in a filial sense, recognizing that He is our Creator, that He molded and fashioned us just as we are. When we contemplate the magnificence of God, when we realize that we cannot fathom His thoughts or understand His ways, then we are at the beginning of wisdom.
St. Josephine Bakhita may not have had worldly knowledge, but she had true wisdom: loving her Maker with all her heart, all her soul, and all her might. We, too, can possess this gift - "But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and without reproach, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind." (James 1:5-6)...Believe, and receive!
St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!