St. Damian Deveuster
Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.
On This Date…
On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair because of a debilitating illness. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost, at age 54.
On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at age 49 of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii. He had served the lepers there for 16 years.
On April 15, 1969, Father DeVeuster’s statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. He is shown wearing his religious habit and missionary hat, his face bearing the wounds of leprosy. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.
There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
(Sarah Flower Adams, 1841)
On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk about 3 hours after hitting an iceberg. Killed in the tragedy were 1,523 people – 800 passengers and 715 crew members.
The last music to be played on the Titanic was the hymn “Nearer My God To Thee!”
This hymn brings hope to all who suffer, including those who are in pain and grief today in Boston, Massachusetts.
– Father McLaughlin