A prayer for those suffering from leprosy
“From Isolation to Community”
In the history of salvation, Lord, there were moments when illness Signified your displeasure – but there were moments, too, when an Illness was an opportunity for people of faith to ask for your help, Freely given, giving rise to thanksgiving and praise and the Knowledge that Israel was where your presence was signposted, Magnified and announced to the nations of the world, just as you Chose a heart under which to be conceived, making, literally, a holy Woman a place to begin again the beginning of entering our history.
As you walked among us, Lord, coming out of the family life in which You grew and saw and understood our needs and how to speak to us, Grasping the words and signs, the signs that opened upon the words And the words which opened up the signs – you healed, time and Time again, all who came to you asking, again and again, to help our Helplessness that prompts you to take us beyond the frontier of our Own efforts to the door of eternal life, drawing us into faith through Love of loving to heal us beyond the ills which bring us to our knees.
Now we know, Lord, more and more of us than ever before, the Loneliness and isolation of illness, blighting family life, friendships, Company, work and the willingness and ability to go out to others, Challenging us to draw upon you in new ways, to be present, to be in Contact, to be in the presence of each other, drawing back into life Those drawn to death, abandoned, alone, unspeakably treated, left in Silence and still, still we need to hear the cry that arises out of the Reports, telling of all the people pinned, mercilessly, to greedy gains.
Oh how deeply, Lord, you understand how the heart is hidden and has To be opened by a surgical word, a word unlike any other word, a Word, or a word-event, speaking to us from the past’s account of your Passing and, like an opening crack, bringing more light than can be Contained by one life and spilling, ever so liberally, upon one and Countless more, calling us out of our own shelters to see and to act, With you, for others, innumerable others, bringing your healing Again and again, to this generation’s diseases and contagious silence.
Bring us, Lord, again and again, into the company of your Church, Again and again, to show us, again and again, the face of your Father’s love, so obscured by disfiguring sins that often we cannot See where you are or who can make you present – but we believe that the Church is for the undoing of sinners, turning us into saints, saving Us from our self-seeking and that you are bringing a new beginning Of openness and honesty, healing and hope and that her witness is Welcome, hope, wonder and joy over the God who loves loving us!
Inspire us, Lord, in all the ways that your grace can run through the Natural world, connecting and leaping, rising up and suffusing us and, Through us, throughout all the amazing gifts you give to bring Inventiveness, imagination, creativity, to all whom we care for, to all That we do, to all that we seek to bring about for the good of all, especially for the good of the poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged, The stranded, the stuck, the sinking, those lost in camps or hidden in Dumps and dreadful pits, that the light of your love be with us all.
Medical Journal Articles
Neuropathic ulcers in leprosy: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment by Héctor Serrano-Coll and Nora Cardona-Castro J Wound Care. 2022 Jun 1;31(Sup6):S32-S40
The war against an ancient disease is ending by Independent Catholic News
Four congregations of nuns merge charisms to benefit people with leprosy by Thomas Scaria National Catholic Register
Pope calls for end to discrimination against people with Hansen’s disease by Catholic News Service
When leprosy has been 'eliminated' it has not gone by St Francis Leprosy Guild Independent Catholic News
50 years with leprosy – still joy-filled and hope-focused by Embrace A Village
First Capitol Rioter Sentenced Has Lawyer With Bowtie, Dreads and a Documentary by Stephen Douglas The Big Lead
Someone is diagnosed with leprosy every two minutes by Independent Catholic News
Cameroon Sees Resurgence of Leprosy 20 Years After ‘Eradication’ by Moki Edwin Kindzeka VOA News
St Francis Leprosy Guild marks 125th year with new programme by Clare McIntosh Independent Catholic News
Nepal's battle against leprosy is far from over by Mike Houghton UCA News
India: Leprosy community suffers 'coronavirus tsunami' by Independent Catholic News
Breakthrough in leprosy diagnosis using smartphone by Katharine Jones Independent Catholic News
Vietnamese sisters assisting people with Hansen’s disease by Vatican News
Pope calls for united effort in fight against leprosy. by Vatican News staff reporter Vatican News
Vatican cardinal speaks out against social stigma for leprosy patients by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency
Appeal for support of food for poor persons affected by Leprosy & TB - COVID19 by Damian Foundation
In southern Nigeria, nuns put TB, leprosy patients on road to recovery by Valentine Iwenwanne Catholic News Service/Catholic World Report
The Healing Of The Lepers: The Detail You May Have Missed by Gary Zimak Patheos
Leprosy patients given help and hope in India by Saji Thomas La Croix International
In Vietnam, people with leprosy seek solace in Church by Kon Tum UCANews.com
Myanmar nun enjoys doing God's work with lepers. by John Zaw La Croix International’
Vatican urges fight against stigma, discrimination and prejudice of leprosy by Robin Gomes Vatican News
Myanmar nuns give hope and healing to those with leprosy by John Zaw La Croix International
Cardinal Turkson: Message for 66th World Leprosy Day by Deborah Castellan Lubov Zenit
Lessons on Gratitude From a Leper by Shemaiah Gonzolez Busted Halo
German nun renowned for treating lepers in Pakistan dies at 87 by CNA/EWTN News
How Nuns In Vietnam Are Serving ‘The Least Of These,’ Victims Of Leprosy by Joachim Pham The Huffington Post
Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order by H. L. Duncan Catholic Stand
Answering the Call to Care by The Catholic Leprosy Mission Canada
Mother Marianne by Donald R. McClarey The American Catholic
Father Damien, Aid to Lepers, Now a Sainth by CBS news
Film Reviews and Commentaries
Damien Commentary by Independent Catholic News
The Happy City - Leper Colony Documentary Educational Video