Monday, May 10, 2010

St Damien of Molokai:Apostle To The Afflicted

 Father Damien was a missionary priest with Congregation of the Sacred Hearts. He volunteered to go to Hawaii where he ministered to the lepers on the island of Molokai. After a year there, Father Damien contracted the disease himself and it eventually led to his death in 1889.
John Paul II beatified him in 1995, and Pope Benedict XVI canonized him in 2009.
In honor of his feast day today, I leave you with this clip from the 1999 movie depicting his life. I have seen the entire movie and it is worth watching; his is quite a story.
You can read more about his life here.


Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Thank you for reminding me of this feast day! I've been saving a video on Father Damien to watch with the kids! Not sure if it is the same movie you have shared here...I'll let you know! (A friend recently passed it along to us so I haven't seen it yet)

Rieckhoff said...

I just learned about him a couple of months ago and our library had it. Can't wait to watch it-thank you for the suggestion!

Karinann said...

Thank you both for your comments. I know you will get much from watching Fr. Damien's story.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

What a great man.

Thank you for posting the video.

God bless.

Gabriella said...

Thanks for the clip, Karinann - I collect films on the lives of saints and I don't have this one.

Karinann said...

This film was very well done. Enjoy!

Daily Grace said...

Beautiful scenery!

It is true what Fr. Damien says, "the way we live our lives is our choice."

He chose to be a servant just like Jesus!

Thank you for this. I think I need to this from one!

Karinann said...

Daily Grace- Glad you enjoyed the clip. Yes I agree the scenery is beautiful.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.