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Catholic Review of: Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled

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Margaret R Bunson
Matthew Bunson, D. Min.

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This item received 5 stars overall. (02/23/2010)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Easy

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Accurate and Thorough Details of the Life of St. Damien of Molokai

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St. Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled is the background, story, and epilogue of a man graced to live a nearly unfathomable life of service. Born to an obscure Catholic family in Belgium, St. Damien died on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, famous for caring for exiled lepers until he joined them in their suffering. He was canonized October 11, 2009.

Written by Margaret and Matthew Bunson, authors of numerous hagiographical and historical texts, this book has instant credibility. The mother-son team previously lived in Hawaii, and they offer a personal wealth of knowledge, providing a rich context of the world events surrounding St. Damien’s life.

The accurate and thorough details alone make this a worthwhile read, but the added value of this book is that any reader will be challenged by its contents. Once St. Damien chose intimate involvement in the lepers’ lives, he had to train himself to bear the sights, smells, and horrors without flinching. He willed to love.

Throughout, it feels as if the authors knew St. Damien, and they endear the reader to him. Passage after passage tells of his extraordinary acts of will and charity. If perhaps a little vague about his character flaws, in the end, the authors provide a compelling story of this new saint.

- Brenda Polk (from Laywitness Magazine.

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