Posted by: fvbcdm | July 24, 2015

Feast of Saint Sharbel Makhluf (24 July 2015)

Today, by an interesting but sad coincidence, is the commemoration day of Saint Sharbel Makhluf, a Lebanese priest, monk, and hermit, whom the Church celebrates at the very time when his homeland is being convulsed in bombardment, bloodshed, death, and tremendous suffering for so many. Saint Sharbel is an interesting person because he belonged to the Maronite Rite of the Catholic Church, one of the rites which are in full communion with our Holy Father, the Pope, but which are different from our own Latin Rite. The official language of the Maronite Rite is Aramaic, the language spoken by Our Divine Lord, his Mother, and the apostles during their lives on this earth. It is named for Saint Maron, an early Catholic in Lebanon who composed the prayers for the Mass and Sacraments in the Aramaic language suited to the culture and customs of the people of Lebanon.

Saint Sharbel was a priest, a monk, and a hermit in the hills of Lebanon; he was born in 1828 and died seventy years later. He was canonized in 1978 by Pope Paul VI, especially to emphasize the unity of the various rites within the Catholic Church, and the interest of the western Church in those of our eastern brothers, both those in union with us and the schismatic Orthodox who are separated by the sad divisions that have existed for centuries. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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