Radio commentator Paul Harvey recently passed on this true story... Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York Sate to 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 one of the worst sections 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 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 his gasp for air. They immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When they placed him on the 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 were fractured. His nose was literally hanging from his face. All of 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. When the young man again started to look for work he was turned down by everyone 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." 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. One day he passed a church 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. All the young man had to do was to promise to be the best Catholic he could be and to 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, simply asked God to give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could 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 impressed by the young man whose outlook on life was filled with good humor and love, even though he had experienced the worst. The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also done for him. The young man became everything he promised God we would be. He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children. He was also accorded success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from his mind as a career had it not been for the goodness of God and the love of the people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publically. For, you see, this young man is and was Mel Gibson.