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The Wilderness of the Confessional

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The Wilderness of the Confessional

Mark 1:40-45 [Leprosy] was a feared disease, and its victims were shunned because of their disfiguring stigmata—collapsed facial bones, fingers, and toes, with the hands and feet ultimately rotted away. Leprosy was among the first diseases identified as contagious. Early societies took measures to shield their healthy members from contagion: lepers were obliged to wear distinctive clothing and carry a bell to warn others of their presence, or they were segregated in lazarettos, precursors of quarantine stations and isolation hospitals. (source) We are given the impression that perhaps Jesus is alone in the wilderness on the outskirts of a town...

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