Tuesday 25 October 2016

Prayer of the Day - Saint Damien Prayer

Saint Damien Prayer

Damien, brother on the journey, happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your own life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security and your dreams.

Teach us to give our lives with joy like yours, to be in solidarity with the outcasts of our world, to celebrate and contemplate the Eucharist as the source of our own commitment.

Help us to love to the very end and, in the strength of the Spirit, to persevere in compassion for the poor and forgotten so that we might be good disciples of Jesus and Mary.

From the Diocese of Honolulu.

I became fascinated with Saint Damien the Leper a few years ago. My Introduction with a Michael W. Higgins lecture on hagiography given while at retreat at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, In Niagara Falls. We watched the film Mololai. And since then I have read a number of books about Saint Damien. Recently I discovered this prayer and have added it to my daily devotions.

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