11 October 2009

St. Damien of Moloka'i

Above, the very beautiful banner that appears on the Transalpine Redemptorists blog today.

Aloha! Today is a great day for Catholics in Hawaii and Polynesia. I am greatly heartened by the way all Hawaiians seem to be taking this canonisation to heart and giving thanks for St. Damien's example. At a time where the news is filled scandal regarding a Canadian bishop, it is just like God to redirect us to the Truth of the Church revealed by the complete self-giving of St. Damien of Moloka'i to the care and evangelisation of the poorest of the poor, the outcasts called lepers.

In the faithfulness of St. Damien we see the priesthood of Christ in all of its blazing glory towering over time bringing mercy and hope where the Gospel is most needed.

I invite us all to set scandals aside for the moment and rejoice in the Blessed Trinity who this day shines His Light upon His true priest St. Damien of Moloka'i. Mahalo!

Laus Deo.+