The Word Among Us

October 2009 Issue

God’s Athlete

St. Damien of Molokai lived his calling in a very physical, sacramental way.

By: J. Peter Nixon

God’s Athlete: St. Damien of Molokai lived his calling in a very physical, sacramental way. by J. Peter Nixon

The most famous photograph we have of him was taken just a few weeks before his death.

It depicts a priest in a faded black cassock, wearing a battered hat whose sides are held up by string. His black beard is thick and unruly,...

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