is a true story by Paul Harvey. You will be surprised who this young
man turns out to be.
Years ago, a hardworking man took his family from the state of New York 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 becoming an actor.
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.
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 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.
the way to the morgue, a police officer 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 this 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
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 everyone admired.
the young man started to look for work, everyone, just because of
the way he looked, turned him down. One potential employer suggested to
him that he join the freak show at the circus as "The Man Who Had No
Face." 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 went on for five years.
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
young man went to Mass and communion everyday and after thanking God for
saving his life, asked only that God give him peace of mind and the grace
to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.
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 because 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 humour and
love. The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental
work was also done for him. And the young man became everything he
promised God he would be.
was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, many children, and
success in an industry, which would have been the farthest 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 Mel Gibson.
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 of a true man of
Gibson has produced the movie "The Passion of the Christ."
This is his way of thanking God for his many blessings. And
it's also his way of showing us how Christ truly suffered. He's
gotten a lot of slack from Hollywood for doing this movie.