Hungry to Heal

Today’s Word:

For he had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him. (Mark 3:10)


On This Date…

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Today is the feast day of Saint Marianne Cope (Koob), OSF. She emigrated from Germany to New York in 1840 at age 2, and joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York in 1862.

Marianne was a school teacher, administrator of the first hospital in Syracuse, and major superior of her community. In 1883, she accepted the request of King Kalakaua of Hawaii to go and serve the lepers. She sailed that year with six fellow Franciscan sisters.

Sister Marianne wrote, “I am hungry for the work and wish with all my heart to be one of the chosen ones.”

She moved to Molokai in 1888 to care for the lepers there, including Father Damian deVeuster who died in 1889. Sister Marianne died on August 9, 1918, and was canonized in 2012. A relative of hers, Father C. Albert Koob, O.Praem. is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus “had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him.” Like Jesus, Sister Marianne brought the healing touch of God to others. May we also be “hungry for work.”

– Father McLaughlin