Saint December 24 : St. Charbel of Lebanon : Mystic and Hermit
St. Charbel Makhlouf
MYSTIC AND MARONITE HERMIT
Feast: December 24
May 8, 1828, Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon)
December 24, 1898
October 9, 1977 by Pope Paul VI
Mystic and Maronite hermit. He was born in 1828 in Lebanon and became a Maronite monk at Annaya Abbey at the age of twenty. As a hermit, Charbel was famous for his spiritual gifts, even among his Islamic neighbors. He spent almost a quarter century displaying many miraculous abilities and was noted for his love of the Holy Eucharist. Charbel died in 1898. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-1978).