Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Saint Cherbel Makhlouf -- A Maronite Monk Par Excellence

Introduction :

Saint Cherbel Makhlouf was a Messenger Sent By God Himself to the Maronite People in the 19th Century in Lebanon.

He was born on May 8, 1828 into a Pious Maronite Catholic Family who were proud of their God Given Faith and practiced it without the Fear of People's Judgement.

Saint Charbel Makhlouf was a Pious Man who followed the Lord's Commands to the nth Degree.

He was an ardent lover of the Rosary and a ardent lover of nature too.

He marvelled at Trees, Flowers, and Birds, the Handiwork of God's Creation.

Monastic Life :

When He was a Young Man He entered the Monastery of Our Lady of Mayfouk -- A Beautiful Monastery of the Lebanese Maronite Order where He was received as a Postulant.

In 1853, He took the Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience and received the Habit of a Professed Monk. He was 25 years old.

In 1859, He was ordained to the Priesthood.

In His Monastic Superiors, He saw the Person of Jesus Christ.

He practiced Poverty of Body and Soul vigorously.

As, The Years went by He felt called to the Life of a Hermit and joined a Hermitage nearby under the guidance of a local hermit.

Conclusion :

Living for God became Saint Charbel Makhlouf's Mission in Life.

He celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Syriac -- The Liturgical Language of the Maronite Rite.

After a brief illness, He passed away on the night of December 24, with the names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on his Lips.

After His Death, Extraordinary Miracles and Events started to take place that led to his Beatification and ultimately to his Canonization in 1977.

Credits :

Saint Cherbel Makhlouf
By the Monks of Saint Joseph of Clairval, France
Don Bosco's Madonna, December 2012 Vol - 14, No -8
Pages 12-14

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