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  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai
  • Gavan Daws
  • English
  • 06 January 2018
  • 0824809203

10 thoughts on “Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai

  1. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:

    Like Father Damien of Molokai I had also once lived with lepers Unlike him, however, I had lived with lepers at that time when modern medicine could already check the progress of the disease So the lepers I had mingled with, although already scarred for life, wereor less already deemed cured The most common physical deformity I remember of them, practically all of them, was the way their hands looked It seemed leprosy never exempt any of its victims with this the fingers fold at the Like Father Damien of Molokai I had also once lived with lepers Unlike him, however, I had lived with lepers at that time when modern medicine could already check the progress of the disease So the lepers I had mingled with, although already scarred for life, wereor less already deemed cured The most common physical deformity I remember of them, practically all of them, was the way their hands looked It seemed leprosy never exempt any of its victims with this the fingers fold at their middle joints, like one sometimes see in comatose people in a vegetative state So when they try to hold something e.g a chess piece during a game it d look like as if they had grabbed some glue and their fingers got stuck inwards to their palms.How I got to be with lepers was not as dramatic as the story of Father Damien of Molokai My grandparents contacted this disease, maybe in the early 1930 s during the American Occupation They then already had their respective families and were living miles apart my grandfather was from an island town south of Luzon while my grandmother was from the north It is still a mystery up to now how one could suddenly get the disease in the middle of a community with no known leper around or any history of the disease but these two were among those unfortunate ones I do not know if they surrendered themselves voluntarily or were among those who at first tried to hide from those rounding up the lepers upon orders of the American authorities, but both ended up at the leper colony in Culion, a remote island like Father Damien s Molokai, at the Palawan group of islands similar to the Hawaiian islands where Molokai was The science of leprosy cure was still at its infancy at that time and they were probably both conscious that they had come to that beautiful island to die away from their families They probably grieved for a long time, watched the sunrise and sunset for months, before finally casting their eyes upon each other and with their shared loneliness fell in love They had three children and one of them the middle child was my father born in 1937, one of the 144 babies born that year in that leper colony.About half a century before, during Father Damien s time, they still had no idea how leprosy is transmitted from a leper to a healthy person One theory was that it is hereditary Well, in our case this had been proven false My father, his two siblings, their numerous children and grandchildren never showed signs of the disease I never met my grandfather Apparently, after he and my grandmother were discharged from Culion he went back to his own family and died there My grandmother, on the other hand, went to the Tala Leprosarium now part of the Metro Manila area where she got a house, raised many cats, established some businesses, and then, after my grandfather passed away, married another leper who had been cured but with the same hands with folded fingers , a veteran of World War 1 He was the grandfather I knew And it was there at the Tala Leprosarium where I spent countless summer vacations and met my lepers I d say those were among the happiest days of my young life I was a pimply youth but when I was with my lepers I felt like I had the nicest complexion in that entire community and was ready to do a soap commercial.Father Damien was born to a devout Catholic Belgian family His elder brother was also a priest and a sister became a nun Hawaii was then not yet a part of the USA It was ruled by a monarch and its indigenous population was being decimated by diseases brought to the islands by white men Among these was leprosy.At that time no medicine had worked yet against this biblical scourge It was a horrible disease and meant a slow and sure death To get a picture of how it kills, imagine the human body like its is a finely sculptured piece of candlewax with wicks all over Then each of these are lighted one by one As the body melts it d take so many grotesque forms That is leprosy It was one thing to volunteer to serve the diseased, but quite another to take the intimate measure of Kalawao the leper colony in Molokai Damien s ministry became a priesthood of worms, of ghastly sights and suffocating smells, of the most awful physical and spiritual misery There were six hundred leprosy sufferers at the settlement and, apart from the healthy Hawaiian kokua, Damien was the only man there with a sound, uncorrupted body the only haole , certainly Other priests making brief visits were reduced, often enough, to speechlessness or weeping incoherence later, they would write horror struck letters about the experience, full of revolting detail and exclamation points Even at second hand the horror was fresh One of Damien s visiting colleagues told another how he saw in the hospital a young woman aged about twenty, whose right side was nothing but a swarm of worms, thousands and thousands of them All the intestines were bared, he saw the ribs as in a skeleton, but she was not suffering He saw a leprous man busy cutting off a joint from his finger with a piece of glass Finally he succeeded, and threw it tranquilly out the window as if it was cured, saying there s an end to my trouble Apparently the blood in the finger was poisoned, and it was as if a worm was devouring him from inside Father Damien was just twenty three when he left Europe as a missionary priest Eventually, he was assigned happily it must be added to the leper settlement in Molokai where he served as pastor for sixteen years A physically strong and robust man, many years passed before he himself got the disease He went through the same sufferings as those of his flock He succumbed to it on 15 April 1889 He was just 49 years old


  2. Judy Judy says:

    This is a great book to read in conjunction with Alan Brennert s


  3. Damien Rappuhn Damien Rappuhn says:

    This is perhaps the best book on Father Damien of Molokai I can find It is deep, heavily researched, focused on history and not hagiography, but brings justice and fairness to Fr Damien s name I intend to re read this every year as long as I am able.


  4. Bonnie Irwin Bonnie Irwin says:

    Saint or sinner Daws gives a pretty much even handed rendering of Father Damien in this book While Damien is certainly a model of self sacrifice, he was not a perfect human being, and both his assets and liabilities are on display here The church hierarchy seems to have been as much a problem for his as the government, as he tried his best to minister to the sick on Molokai An intriguing book to read during a pandemic, and one from which we can learn.


  5. Glen Schlee Glen Schlee says:

    Holy Man by Gavan Daws is a balanced, well researched, and engrossing biography of the leper priest of Molokai First published in 1973 it might be slightly dated especially considering Saint Damien s canonization in 2009.


  6. Nicholas Nicholas says:

    The best biography of St Damien to date


  7. Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson says:

    Marvelous bio of Father Damien, the history of Hawaii of the 1800 s, and the struggles to discovery the cause and cure of leprosy.


  8. Greta Greta says:

    This book isn t the best writtenbut I found the subject matter fascinating If you are able to read between the lines and engage in some serious pondering you can getfrom the book Much of Father Damien s life and thoughts were private limited or encasulated within communications related to his religious lifestyle you can t help but wonder about the full complexities of his real day to lifethis book does help you wonder, but it cannot give the satisfaction available frommode This book isn t the best writtenbut I found the subject matter fascinating If you are able to read between the lines and engage in some serious pondering you can getfrom the book Much of Father Damien s life and thoughts were private limited or encasulated within communications related to his religious lifestyle you can t help but wonder about the full complexities of his real day to lifethis book does help you wonder, but it cannot give the satisfaction available frommodern biographies where the author s haveresearch material available It s not really the author s faultletters from a priest and accounts from people he knew are simply not enough to give the heart of soul of this man s life and death For me the key to getting the most of the book was applying the information I learned and thinking about what it meant in real life.I found the book a very interesting diachotomy of limits and constraints framed by Damien s religious experiences and utter despair and darkness of human misery.They say a picture speaks a thousand words..and indeed the portraits and photos speak volumes They say eyes are windows to the soul, the many many eyes in this book help to shatter the constraints and limits set by the religious framework of Damien s work and experience


  9. Mike Mike says:

    A truly incredible book about a truly incredible man If I ever held Father Damien in high esteem, that esteem has only been increased by the reading of this book Holy Man is a most appropriate title, for it shows Father Damien s total and complete dedication of himself first to God, then to his fellow man What I never knew about him was that he faced such great opposition from many, many people who really should have been supporting him and his great cause on behalf of Hawaii s leper colo A truly incredible book about a truly incredible man If I ever held Father Damien in high esteem, that esteem has only been increased by the reading of this book Holy Man is a most appropriate title, for it shows Father Damien s total and complete dedication of himself first to God, then to his fellow man What I never knew about him was that he faced such great opposition from many, many people who really should have been supporting him and his great cause on behalf of Hawaii s leper colony, Kalawao But that s the pettiness of mankind for you always bickering, always envious, always positioning themselves.Father Damien lived his life for his flock at the leper colony with a strong singleness of purpose Eventually contracting leprosy himself, he died at Kalawao and was buried in the local cemetery It was only after his death, as long as ten years after, that the full realization of the greatness of this man came to be known He did so much to bring to the attention of the world, the suffering and misery of so many of Hawaii s citizens In so doing, he also brought attention to all the lepers of the world.As of this date, Father Damien is my favorite among all the Saints


  10. Marian Yee Marian Yee says:

    Makings of a saint Controversial socioeconomic, political realities of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the mid to late 1880 s of what Damien as a Catholic missionary was challenged against Heroic feats and worldwide recognition he accomplished as a priest helping the lepers His admirers included royalty and celebrities from all around the world, and they were very generous with gifts and donations It took 120 yrs for Fr Damien to be canonized as Saint Damien, but the issue actually came up upon his Makings of a saint Controversial socioeconomic, political realities of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the mid to late 1880 s of what Damien as a Catholic missionary was challenged against Heroic feats and worldwide recognition he accomplished as a priest helping the lepers His admirers included royalty and celebrities from all around the world, and they were very generous with gifts and donations It took 120 yrs for Fr Damien to be canonized as Saint Damien, but the issue actually came up upon his death in 1889 as being proposed from Europe and America.It was astounding to witness this Live in Rome on OCT 10 11, and to read that on Nov 1, 2009 an official, first class Relic of Saint Damien will be placed at the Cathedral Church in Honolulu


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