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May 22, 2018

ARE YOU A LEPER?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Hansen’s disease (leprosy) was one of the most dreaded and rampant diseases in Ancient Israel. It made the sufferers unclean – unfit to participate in the social and liturgical life of the nation. For fear of contagion, therefore, the victims were isolated from the rest of the community. They carried a stigma, with little love or acceptance, and no enjoyment of ordinary human companionship. They were completely stripped of their human dignity! Leprosy causes the rotting of one’s extremities – nose, lips, fingers, toes, etc., It also discharges an utterly revolting smell. Beyond Hansen’s disease, however, the people of…