Have you ever felt like you don't have the strength to go on -when even getting out of bed and planting your feet on the ground every morning is difficult? St. Damien surely must have felt like this at times, yet he continued to work and minister to his people even after he contracted leprosy himself. He wrote: "I would gladly give my life for them. I do not spare myself when it is necessary to go on a sick call that takes me twenty to twenty-five miles away."

Where did he get his strength? It came from his relationship with Christ, whom he relied on for all things. "I find my consolation in the one and only companion who will never leave me," he said, "that is, our Divine Savior in the Holy Eucharist...It is at the foot of the altar that we find the strength necessary in this isolation of ours." Prayer, prayer, and more prayer! When we sit at the feet of our Lord as St. Damien did, then we receive the stamina and fortitude necessary to deal with the problems we face each day. "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

If we truly believe that we worship a God who is all-powerful, all-wise, all-knowing, all-loving, then why wouldn't we want to lean on Him more and more each day? Reach out to your Father in Heaven today; pray for thepower you need "to do all things through Him who strengthens"you. (Philippians 4:13)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us!