St Charbel Makhlouf

Today we remember St Charbel Makhlouf, Priest (1828 – 1898).- He was born in the Lebanon. His family did not approve of his devotion to prayer and solitude. He would go secretly to the monastery of St Maron at Annaya, eventually became a Maronite monk, and was ordained a priest in 1853. After being a monk for many years, he was drawn to a closer imitation of the Desert Fathers and became a hermit.
At his hermitage Charbel lived a severely ascetic life with much prayer and fasting. He considered himself the servant of anyone who came to the hermitage. He spent the last 23 years of his life there, and increasing numbers of people would come to receive his counsel or his blessing. Remembering saints like Charbel helps the Church to appreciate both the diversity and unity present in the Catholic Church, that the Aramaic Maronite Antiochian Church is indeed a living branch of the Catholic Church and is intimately connected with the trunk, who is Christ, our Savior. St. Charbel, Pray for us!
 
 
 
(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)
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