May 10 - Saint Damian of Molokai


He had to quit school at the age of 13 to help his family. Six years later he entered the Congregation of the Sacred Heart and went to the Hawaiian Islands as a missionary. In 1873 he went to stay in a leper colony on the island of Molokai, where he decided to remain permanently. He was a lawyer and defender of the lepers, as well as caring for their physical, medical, and spiritual needs. He eventually contracted the disease and died among the people he loved.

To what extent are you capable of giving yourself for a cause?

 

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