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Damien the Leper Paperback – December 1, 1998
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Joseph De Veuster left his secure life in Belgium, thrusting aside all thoughts of personal danger and spending the rest of his days as Father Damien comforting the sick and the dying. Though virtually entombed among the living dead of a leper colony on the island of Molokai, Father Damien managed to find beauty and enchantment in the lush surroundings. His extraordinary journey of the spirit comes to life in John Farrow's splendid biography, which has become a classic over the years and is sure to endure as long as people thrill to deeds of valor and pay homage to the great spiritual truths so perfectly reflected in this unforgettable story of courage, sacrifice, and devotion.
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To find the good in a thing at once is a sign of good taste. Some seek the good in life, others the ill. There is nothing that has no good in it. But many have such a scent that amidst a thousand excellences they fix upon a single defect as if they were scavengers of men’s minds and hearts. So they draw up a balance sheet of defects which does more credit to their bad taste than to their intelligence. They lead a sad life, nourishing themselves on bitters and garbage. They have the luckier taste who amongst a thousand defects seize upon a single beauty that they may have hit upon by chance…
His hand lingered over the paper for a moment. From past experience he had found that young missionaries, newly ordained, full of the importance of their mission, were sometimes, in their zeal, overharsh to their charges. And intolerance was the last thing he wished.” (pages xvii-xviii)
Evidence this missionary leader:
Was aware some young missionaries he sent were not mature enough to be tolerant of other ways of living.
Did not care enough to figure out a way to teach tolerance to young missionaries.
Was blinded by religious zeal.
Did not care that some missionaries were overharsh.
Priest Damien, a Catholic missionary, went to Molokai. He committed his life to helping others suffering from leprosy. He got leprosy too. Appears he gained respect of Hawaiian royalty who visited him, the Bishop who sent him, sick ones he cared for, and many people around the world. Story offers insights into life of a missionary, island of Molokai, Hawaiian history, and history of leprosy.
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Awesome story. Fascinating story about missionary who helped the leper colony on Molokia. Thanks for the quick delivery.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book for my sister who read it many, many, many years ago when she was in grade school. it was one of her favorite books, so i surprised her with it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by diamond
A tribute to a great hero and a well done and accurate portrayal. He was really a martyr because he exposed himself to this deadly disease to serve those who had been abandoned by... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Daniel D. Connor
I have been inspired by accounts of the life of Saint Damien since visiting the leper colony on Molokai 2 years ago. This book adds to my knowledge and inspiration.Published on November 13, 2013 by pagoda princess
I have a brother and his wife in Kalaupapa where Damien did his work among Hansen's disease. My brother died 5 years ago and have written about them. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Takayuki Harada
Very well written. Entertaining in some places, necessarily heavy in others. Left me feeling I had the opportunity to observe this fascinating man.Published on October 28, 2009 by GST