Monday, July 24, 2006

St. Charbel Makhlouf of Lebanon

Hat tip to Michael for posting this.

Photo and source courtesy of
Saint Charbel

Figures, I would have to miss daily mass today.

Today I found out that St. Charbel was from Lebanon. How appropriate that his feast day falls during the fighting going in that country.

Saint Charbel was born in 1828
at Beqa-Kafra, Lebanon

May he make us understand, in a world largely fascinated by wealth and comfort, the paramount value of poverty,
penance and asceticism, to liberate the soul in its ascent to God..."
Pope Paul VI, October 9, 1977

"O God,
who are glorified in your saints,
and who inspired the monk
and hermit Charbel
to follow Jesus
heroically in poverty,
chastity, and obedience:
we beg you the grace
to love and serve you
as he did.
And as you have already shown
the power of his intercession
by many miracles and favors,
graciously grant us the favor
that we ask, if it be your will.

For more information
on Saint Charbel.

Official website of the
Saint Maron-Annaya monastery (Tomb of Saint Charbel)

Today is the feast of Saint Charbel... a saint from Lebanon. Let us pray for his intercession in these very hard times for the people of Lebanon and Israel.

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