Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saint Charbel

Saint Charbel (or Sharbel) was a Maronite monk from Lebanon. He was born May 8, 1859, and died December 24, 1898. He was beatified December 5, 1965 and canonized October 9, 1977. 
In the first centuries of Christianity, the Middle East was populated by monks and religious. The Maronite order in particular is know nor its love of the monastic life. Out of this tradition God raised up the humble monk Charbel as a light to the whole Church. Charbel is known for his fidelity to his vows, his love for the Eucharist, and his devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
Saint Charbel suffered a stroke while saying Mass the day before Christmas. He was reciting the prayer from the Maronite Mass, "Father of Truth". He continued to recite this prayer and to repeat over and over Jesus and Mary until he died several hours later.

Chaplet of St. Charbel
After the death of Charbel, a light began to shine from his tomb attracting the local villagers. Miracles of healing began to take place. Four months after his death his body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt and floating in water. His body remained incorrupt, perspiring blood and liquid until the day of his beatification. Miracles are occurring through the intercession of Saint Charbel to this day.

This program is from ChurchMilitant.TV

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