This story, although compelling, is an unfortunate
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Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 10:45
Subject: The Man Without A Face
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 young 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 one as a stagehand came along, worked at the local
shipyards, which bordered on the worse section of town.
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 gasp 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 his young man no longer had a face. Each
eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose
literally hanging from his face, all is 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 everyone admired.
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.
still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had
thoughts of suicide. This went on for five years.
One day he passed a
church and sought some solace there. Entering the church he encountered a
priest who had saw 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 impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on
life, even though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and
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 be. 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 for him. This he acknowledges publicly.
young man was and is Mel
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 and an example to all as
a true man of
appropriate to re-circulate in light of the movie he's made "The Passion of
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