Saint Damien of Molokai is one cool dude.
The movie "Mokokai" is streaming for Free on Amazon Prime right now. Gotta love the PRIME!
The story is about a Danish missionary priest in Hawai during the late 19th century. There is a leprosy epidemic going on at the time, and Hawai's government decides to exile anyone who even remotely seems infected to a remote island called Molokai. Fr. Damien willingly volunteers to go live among the lepers to love them, and minister to them as they live out their fate.
Without giving the movie away, because you really do need to watch it, I fell in love (so to speak) with this new Saint in heaven. Mostly because he was just so selfless, and gave of himself completely over to the people on this island he was helping, and he witnessed TOTAL trust in God during his life on the island.
This is a REAL story!! THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!
Okay, so my first thought is that I am one of the most selfish people that has ever walked the face of the earth compared to this dude.
My second thought it I really need to step my game up, if I ever want there to be a movie made about my life.
I don't know any Leprosy colonies still around, that I could move to, and start working on my life. But the truth is, that I don't feel God is calling me to abandon my family and move to a containment camp.
So God, how can I serve you???
I love the quote from St. Theresa of Calcutta, "The best way to change the world is to go home and love your family."
I will start there. And Honestly with my family - it will make one hell of a Movie!