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Thought for the Day – 23 January

Thought for the Day – 23 January

In 1888, Mother Marianne and two sisters went to Molokai to open a home for “unprotected women and girls” there.   The Hawaiian government was quite hesitant to send women for this difficult assignment; they need not have worried about Mother Marianne!   On Molokai she took charge of the home that Saint Damien de Veuster had established for men and boys.   Mother Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride and fun to the colony.   Bright scarves and pretty dresses for the women were part of her approach.

Awarded the Royal Order of Kapiolani by the Hawaiian government and celebrated in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Marianne continued her work faithfully.   Her sisters have attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people and still work on Molokai.

The government authorities were reluctant to allow Mother Marianne to be a mother on Molokai. Thirty years of dedication proved their fears unfounded. God grants gifts regardless of human short-sightedness and allows those gifts to flower for the sake of the kingdom.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem for Saint Marianne Cope

To the Reverend Sister Marianne,
Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa.

To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees and shrinks; but if he look again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breasts of pain!
He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
And even a fool is silent and adores.

St Marianne Cope Pray for us!

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