Of Fr. Damien's final days, Fr. Wendelin has left us a record. He writes, "Fr. Damien prepared himself for death...he seemed to be happy. I heard his general confession and then made my own confession." The next day Fr. Damien received the Eucharist as Viaticum - food for the journey. He said to Fr. Wendelin, "Do you see my hands? All my wounds are closing and the crust is turning black. It's a sign of death, as you well know. Look at my eyes too; I have seen so many dying lepers that I cannot be mistaken."
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