St. Sharbel Makhluf. I didn't know a thing about him, so I thought I'd share:
On the morning of one day in the year 1851, Youssef left his parents and
his village. He headed for Lady of Mayfouk monastery in the aim of
becoming a monk where he spent his first preparatory year and then he
went to St. Maroun’s monastery-Annaya, where he joined the Corps of the
Lebanese Maronite Order, choosing the name Charbel, one of the martyrs
of the second century in the Antioch Church. On the first of November in
the year 1853, he revealed his monastic vows in the same monastery. He
was then well informed of the precise obligations of these vows:
obeying, chastity & poverty.
He continued his theological studies
in the Monastery of saint Kouberyanous & Justina, Kfifan-Batroun,
under the care of his teacher the saint Nehemtallah Kassab Elhardiny,
who was the ideal for the monks and a living image of the great
Sanctified Monks in his private & public life.
On July 23, 1859 Brother Charbel MAKHLOUF was ordained a priest in BKERKY, by putting the hand of the triple-merciful Archbishop Youssef ElMarid, Vicar of the Maronite Patriarchy.
Father Charbel lived in St. Maroun’s Monastery-Annaya for a period of
sixteen years. He was obedient to his superiors, sticking to his
monkhood law precisely. He was ruthless on himself by living strict
austerity and mortification. He denounced all worldly materials in the
earthly life, to go to serve his Lord and the salvation of his soul.
the year 1875 God inspired father Charbel to live in hermitage in St.
Peter & Paul which belongs to St. Maroun’s Monastery-Annaya, in
spite of the fact that the superiors usually, do not allow seclusion in
the hermit easily. While the father superior was hesitating, he received
a sign from heaven visualized by the miracle of the lamp. As one night,
Priest Charbel asked the servant to fill the lamp with oil, but instead
of oil he filled it with water. But the lamp gave light ordinarily.
This miracle opened the sequence of the Charbelite’s miracles, and
approached the day destined for the hermit to go to his desired secluded
On Feb. 15, 1875 priest Charbel moved definitively to the
Hermit, where he was the ideal as a saint and a hermit, spending his
time in silence, prayer, worship and manual labor in the fields. He
never left the Hermit except in a permission of his superior. He
followed the life path of the Saints hermit fathers, kneeling on a dish
of canes in front of the Eucharist, whispering to it and inebriate by it
throughout the nights.
He spent 23 years in the hermit, dedicating
himself to the service of his Lord, applying the rules of hermits with
precision and full consciousness.
During the holy ceremony on
December 16, 1898 he was struck by hemiplegia, and entered in a duel
with the illness which remained for 8 days, during which he endured the
terrible pains of struggle with death calmly, silently in spite of the
severe aches. In his struggle Father Charbel continued his prayers which
he could not finish in the mass: “Father of righteousness, here is Your
son a pleasing sacrifice!...” he would repeat as well the names of
Jesus & Mary St Joseph and Peter & Paul the Patron Saints of the
The spirit of St Charbel flew free, liberated going back to
the dwelling of the Lord, just like the return of the drop of dew to the
wider ocean, on the 24th of December 1898, on Christmas Eve. He was
buried in the burial area of St Maroun’s Monastery- Annaya.
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