Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai" by Gavan Daws 

Last week on a plane, I had the blessing to read Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai by Gavan Daws. I would highly recommend this book. It is an incredible account of one man's self-sacrifice for Christ and his brothers and sisters. It is also a rather ugly account of the relations between missionaries of different Christian sects in Hawaii in the late 1800s. Lest Protestants take too much of the brunt of this treatment, rest assured that the Catholic Church hierarchy also wows the reader with its callousness. Still, at the center of the story is Fr. Damien, about whom I learned so much of the struggles he encountered and his development as a Christian. Plus, this was written in the 70s prior to his beatification and canonization. I loved knowing that this has now occurred~~that St. Damien continues to direct his efforts from heaven for the betterment of those down here on earth. Must read! This is what sanctity looks like "in real life."
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