Incredible life of a man committed to his calling Appeared to be objective, helping us understand you don t have to be perfect to accomplish good work and impact people in a positive way Also a good commentary on the difference between government run charities and those run by religious or private organizations Highly recommend Well written biography of an amazing and inspiring life.
Great Adventure Of Damien the Leper Began Quietly Over A Century Ago Since Then, His Remarkable Story Has Become Legend Throughout The World 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 Trailer ↠´ Damien the Leper PDF by Õ John Farrow 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 A good and decently researched book on Fr Damien At times it can be a little hagiographical or dramatic, but the author has definitely done his research, even if he dramatizes it a bit here or there.
This was a Salvation Army random pick up Don t overlook the book possibilities at your local S A boutique Missionaries, especially from the previous century often get a bad wrap This being a Catholic missionary, and me with a very Protestant upbringing should make for an interesting and enlightening read Just finished, and I am surprised by how much I enjoyed and got from reading this historical account I like history, and pick up historical biographies often, to never finish because they are just to boring This can be said for this book for about the first 3 or 4 chapters However, by the time Father Damien gets to the leper island in Hawaii, the story really started to hook me in His unbelievable sacrifice and love for people who were truly the dregs of society is a beautiful story I was born late enough in the 20th A very engaging book It reads like a novel It was also very interesting to read a book written much closer to the time St Damien lived than others that I had read.
☆ Damien the Leper ☆ Dipping than a few toes into sensationalism, Farrow writes of the conditions of the leper colony on Molokai Those people, already doomed to death, had been exiled to die in surroundings and conditions they bitterly resented Feeling that they were beyond the power of any earthly law, and having no knowledge or assurance of any other, they abandoned themselves to their fate with apathy alternating with orgies Supplies were soon exhausted The stronger stole from the weak The agonies of the dying were made acute with the cruelties of starvation and exposure A species of native beer, foul to the taste, but strong to the senses, was easy to brew from the roots of a wild plant Drunkenness became rife, rioting broke out Soon there was no semblance of order am Published in 1951, the life story of Father Damien, born in Belgium but spent the majority of his life on a Hawaiian Island to which lepers were banned An amazing account of his faith strength and commitment to improving the lives of lepers As is to be expected, within several years of his death, discounters and critics arose The final chapter is a lengthy and wordy letter written by Robert Louis Stevenson, putting to shame a doubter An inspiring read.
Terrific book First time I heard of it was when I was teaching 8th grade in Granite School District I read it and prepared to teach it Very powerful book A few years later, I traveledd to Hawaii and heard the account of this amazing priest from a local guide in the city where it all happened It is wel worth the time to read The world would be a much nicer place for all of us if we all were the kinds of Christians that Damien was.
Powerful witness of one man imitating Jesus Christ by committing and dying for the sick Here is a quote about the change and hope that Fr Damien brought to the people who had been living without hope for years Miseries were forgotten before the opiate of industry Men who had been content to await death in a pathetic squalor now gained an interest in life, and in the place where laughter had been forgotten and where each had been for himself community groups now vied with each other in cheerful competition as to who could erect a cottage in the quickest time Moral We all need to be given a reason to liveto live fully Will you or I be that person who gives a reason to live fully.