St. Damien, a Shining Light of Christ

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Today, we celebrate the feast day of St. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai. In his honor, we offer the 2003 DVD, “An Uncommon Kindness: The Father Damien Story.”

uncommonKindnessToday, we celebrate the feast day of St. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai. In his honor, we offer the 2003 DVD, “An Uncommon Kindness: The Father Damien Story.” This 1-hour documentary features archival footage, artistic renderings of the saint, expert commentary, contemporary scenes of the former leper colony in Kalaupapa and narration by Robin Williams. St. Damien’s story invites us into the heart of the Gospel message of love of God and love of neighbor. As the title suggests, St. Damien’s compassion characterizes his spiritual charism; but, I am especially awed by his courage. Those affected by Hansen’s disease, in Hawaii of the 1860s, were cruelly separated from their communities and cast adrift on a windswept peninsula with scant resources. In this chaos of starvation and barbarity, the Belgium citizen, Catholic priest and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary encountered our Risen Lord. Among the many memorable aspects of these dark historical circumstances and the brightly shining light of Christ, I found the key to St. Damien’s Gospel vocation. Nurtured within a faithful family, St. Damien’s parents shared the lives of the saints and inspired four of their seven children to enter religious life. Order this DVD or search with the words: Father Damien for related titles @ click here. Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups. (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)