Damien’s Sacrifice

Posted May 11, 2019 7:35 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Damien’s Sacrifice

Forgive me for not mentioning Saint Damien de Veuster (+1889) on his memorial yesterday, the ‘leper priest’, who gave his life to the outcasts suffering from the disease on the remote island of Molokai, Hawaii. Born and raised in Holland, the youngest of seven children, Damien followed his brother into the missionary Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.
Leprosy – a disease which goes back to the dawn of history – was thought to be highly infectious (the modern theory is that 95% of humans are immune) and incurable (it can now be cured with multi-drug therapy). So

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