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St. Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled

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How many times do we let the pressures of life and work take over our days at the expense of prayer? How many times do we feel alone and frightened? How many times do we think our problems are unique? Follow in the footsteps of the apostles when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray as he did. Learn from St. Augustine, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ignatius, St. Teresa of ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Our Sunday Visitor
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Kelly
Mar 19, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
My latest read for The Catholic Company proved to be both challenging and rewarding. The book was challenging only because of this reader's own personal distractions, which made it very difficult to focus on the historical details that prevailed throughout the first quarter of the book. There is so much that I did not know about the Hawaiian Islands and their history! And there was great reward in learning more about the man who dedicated his final years to ministering to the men, women and ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Apr 10, 2013 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
Father Damien, or Saint Damien of Molokai, was born Jozef De Veuster on January 3rd 1840. He died April 15th 1889 a long way from home on Molokai in Hawaii. He served as a priest in the leper colony for 16 years before he succumbed to the disease. Damien has been canonized in both the Eastern and Latin rites. His feast day is celebrated May 10th. The process of his canonization took from 1977 until 2009.

But you might wonder why, and for me the pursuit of Damien his taken place over the last num
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Kathy
I became interested in St. Damien from a discussion at church. I knew I wanted to learn more. This book reads more like a novel, great read. Father Damien had constant challenges with the Kings of Hawaii and the Catholic Church his entire time at Molokai. Basically he was left to fend for himself for the community that he was serving and ends of contracting the disease of leposy.An amazing man who gave his life for his community.
Luann
Aug 15, 2015 Luann rated it it was amazing
This book about the unselfish life of Fr. Damien (Joseph) de Veuster is a modern day inspiration paralleling the life of Jesus so completely it beckons us to do more for the very weakest and poor among us. The self reflection I placed upon myself after reading this book was profound. No matter your belief or affliliation this book will humble the soul and challenge us to be better human beings.
Rebecca Fieler
Sep 23, 2011 Rebecca Fieler rated it it was amazing
The book is a well-written biography of a fairly contemporary saint (at least, about as contemporary as you can be and still be a saint). It is inspiring without being too preachy. I would definitely recommend.
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