Biographies have always interested me .. Here’s a email forward that I recieved this morning.
Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this
man’s family was a handsome son who had aspirations of joining
the circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding
his time until a circus job or even as a stagehand came along, worked
at the local shipyards which bordered on the worse section of town.
Walking home from work one evening, this young man was attacked by five
thugs who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the
young fellow resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to
beat him to a pulp. They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked
and beat his body brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. When the
police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed he was dead
and called for the Morgue Wagon.
On the way to the morgue, a policeman heard him gas! p for air, and
they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital.
When he was placed on a gurney, a nurse remarked to her horror, that
this young man no longer had a face. His eye socket was smashed, his
skull, legs and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his
face, all his teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn
from his skull.
Although his life was spared, he spent over a year in the hospital.
When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was
disgusting to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth that
When the young man started to look for work again, he was turned down
by everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential
employer suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus
as “The man who had no face”. And he did this for a while. He was
still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company.
He had thoughts of suicide. This wen! t on for 5 years.
One day he passed a church and sought some solace there. Entering the
church he encountered a priest who had seen him sobbing while kneeling
in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the rectory
where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to such
a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him that
could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would
promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God’s mercy
to free him from his torturous life.
The young man went to Mass and Communion every day, and after thanking
God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and
the grace to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.
The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the
services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no
cost to the young man, as the doctor was the priest’s best friend. The
doctor too was so im! pressed by the young man, who outlook now on
life, even though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good
humor and love.
The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also
done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would
He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many
children, and success in an industry, which would have been the
furthest thing from his mind as a career, if not for the goodness of
God and the love of the people who cared or him. This he acknowledges
The young man was and is……….
His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie “The Man
Without A Face.” He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man,
a political conservative, and an example to all as a true man of
And to think I admired him before I knew any of this!! He is quite a man!!!!