Monday, December 24, 2018

Pope Francis at Midnight Mass "...Jesus brings us back home, so that we can become God’s family..." FULL TEXT Homily at Christmas Mass + Video

Vatican Basilica
Monday, 24 December 2018

Joseph with Mary his spouse, went up “to the city of David called Bethlehem” (Lk 2:4).  Tonight, we too, go to Bethlehem, there to discover the mystery of Christmas.
Bethlehem: the name means house of bread.  In this “house”, the Lord today wants to encounter all mankind.  He knows that we need food to live. Yet he also knows that the nourishments of this world do not satisfy the heart.  In Scripture, the original sin of humanity is associated precisely with taking food: our first parents “took of the fruit and ate”, says the Book of Genesis (cf. 3:6).  They took and ate.  Mankind became greedy and voracious.  In our day, for many people, life’s meaning is found in possessing, in having an excess of material objects.  An insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when, paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive.
Bethlehem is the turning point that alters the course of history. There God, in the house of bread, is born in a manger.  It is as if he wanted to say: “Here I am, as your food”.  He does not take, but gives us to eat; he does not give us a mere thing, but his very self.  In Bethlehem, we discover that God does not take life, but gives it.  To us, who from birth are used to taking and eating, Jesus begins to say: “Take and eat. This is my body” (Mt 26:26).  The tiny body of the Child of Bethlehem speaks to us of a new way to live our lives: not by devouring and hoarding, but by sharing and giving.  God makes himself small so that he can be our food.  By feeding on him, the bread of life, we can be reborn in love, and break the spiral of grasping and greed.  From the “house of bread”, Jesus brings us back home, so that we can become God’s family, brothers and sisters to our neighbours.  Standing before the manger, we understand that the food of life is not material riches but love, not gluttony but charity, not ostentation but simplicity.
The Lord knows that we need to be fed daily.  That is why he offered himself to us every day of his life: from the manger in Bethlehem to the Upper Room in Jerusalem.  Today too, on the altar, he becomes bread broken for us; he knocks at our door, to enter and eat with us (cf. Rev 3:20).  At Christmas, we on earth receive Jesus, the bread from heaven.  It is a bread that never grows stale, but enables us even now to have a foretaste of eternal life.
In Bethlehem, we discover that the life of God can enter into our hearts and dwell there.  If we welcome that gift, history changes, starting with each of us.  For once Jesus dwells in our heart, the centre of life is no longer my ravenous and selfish ego, but the One who is born and lives for love.  Tonight, as we hear the summons to go up to Bethlehem, the house of bread, let us ask ourselves: What is the bread of my life, what is it that I cannot do without?  Is it the Lord, or something else?  Then, as we enter the stable, sensing in the tender poverty of the newborn Child a new fragrance of life, the odour of simplicity, let us ask ourselves: Do I really need all these material objects and complicated recipes for living?  Can I manage without all these unnecessary extras and live a life of greater simplicity?  In Bethlehem, beside where Jesus lay, we see people who themselves had made a journey: Mary, Joseph and the shepherds.  Jesus is bread for the journey.  He does not like long, drawn-out meals, but bids us rise quickly from table in order to serve, like bread broken for others.  Let us ask ourselves: At Christmas do I break my bread with those who have none?
After Bethlehem as the house of bread, let us reflect on Bethlehem as the city of David.  There the young David was a shepherd, and as such was chosen by God to be the shepherd and leader of his people.  At Christmas, in the city of David, it was the shepherds who welcomed Jesus into the world.  On that night, the Gospel tells us, “they were filled with fear” (Lk 2:9), but the angel said to them “Be not be afraid” (v. 10).  How many times do we hear this phrase in the Gospels: “Be not afraid”?  It seems that God is constantly repeating it as he seeks us out.  Because we, from the beginning, because of our sin, have been afraid of God; after sinning, Adam says: “I was afraid and so I hid” (Gen 3:10).  Bethlehem is the remedy for this fear, because despite man’s repeated “no”, God constantly says “yes”.  He will always be God-with-us.  And lest his presence inspire fear, he makes himself a tender Child.  Be not afraid: these words were not spoken to saints but to shepherds, simple people who in those days were certainly not known for their refined manners and piety.  The Son of David was born among shepherds in order to tell us that never again will anyone be alone and abandoned; we have a Shepherd who conquers our every fear and loves us all, without exception.
The shepherds of Bethlehem also tell us how to go forth to meet the Lord.  They were keeping watch by night: they were not sleeping, but doing what Jesus often asks all of us to do, namely, be watchful (cf. Mt 25:13; Mk 13:35; Lk 21:36).  They remain alert and attentive in the darkness; and God’s light then “shone around them” (Lk 2:9).  This is also the case for us.  Our life can be marked by waiting, which amid the gloom of our problems hopes in the Lord and yearns for his coming; then we will receive his life.  Or our life can be marked by wanting, where all that matters are our own strengths and abilities; our heart then remains barred to God’s light.  The Lord loves to be awaited, and we cannot await him lying on a couch, sleeping.  So the shepherds immediately set out: we are told that they “went with haste” (v. 16).  They do not just stand there like those who think they have already arrived and need do nothing more.  Instead they set out; they leave their flocks unguarded; they take a risk for God.  And after seeing Jesus, although they were not men of fine words, they go off to proclaim his birth, so that “all who heard were amazed at what the shepherds told them” (v. 18).
To keep watch, to set out, to risk, to recount the beauty: all these are acts of love.  The Good Shepherd, who at Christmas comes to give his life to the sheep, will later, at Easter, ask Peter and, through him all of us, the ultimate question: “Do you love me?” (Jn 21:15).  The future of the flock will depend on how that question is answered.  Tonight we too are asked to respond to Jesus with the words: “I love you”.  The answer given by each is essential for the whole flock.
“Let us go now to Bethlehem” (Lk 2:15).  With these words, the shepherds set out.  We too, Lord, want to go up to Bethlehem.  Today too, the road is uphill: the heights of our selfishness need to be surmounted, and we must not lose our footing or slide into worldliness and consumerism.
I want to come to Bethlehem, Lord, because there you await me.  I want to realize that you, lying in a manger, are the bread of my life.  I need the tender fragrance of your love so that I, in turn, can be bread broken for the world.  Take me upon your shoulders, Good Shepherd; loved by you, I will be able to love my brothers and sisters and to take them by the hand.  Then it will be Christmas, when I can say to you: “Lord you know everything; you know that I love you” (cf. Jn 21:17).

Wow Pope Francis gives Health Clinic to the Poor for Christmas

Pope gives new clinic to poor and pilgrims for Christmas
The Pope’s “Ambulatorio-Madre di Misericordia”, or Mother of Mercy Clinic under the collonade of St. Peter's Square will provide health and first aid services to the poor, the homeless and pilgrims.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis has gifted a new medical clinic as a Christmas gift for the homeless and pilgrims set up just next to the colonnade of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

Called “Ambulatorio-Madre di Misericordia”, or Mother of Mercy Clinic, the clinic replaces the San Martino centre that has been providing first aid to the homeless since February 2016, with a shower and barber service added more recently.

In a statement, the Office of Papal Charities headed by the Pope’s Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said that the initiative was planned and executed by the Governorate of Vatican City State in coordination with the Department of Health and Hygiene of the Vatican.

Medical visits and tests
Set up in a small space formerly belonging to the Vatican Post Office, the Ambulatorio-Madre di Misericordia has 3 rooms for medical examinations, an office, 2 bathrooms and a waiting room.

The rooms are furnished with new equipment and machinery for full medical examinations and some tests for patients.

The clinic will be open thrice a week – Monday, Thursday and Saturday.   A podiatrist (foot and ankle specialist) will be available on Monday mornings.  The clinic will also provide first aid to pilgrims during Vatican audiences or events in St. Peter's Square and the Basilica.

Volunteer service and internship
The entire service is being provided by volunteer doctors, specialists and healthcare personnel of the Vatican, the Tor Vergata University of Rome, the Italian “Associazione Medicina Solidale” (Association of Solidarity Medicine) and the Italian Podiatrists Association.

Ambulatorio-Madre di Misericordia will also provide internships for the students and postgraduates of the Faculty of Medicine of Tor Vergata University.

Pope's surprises
On the occasion of the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Poor, Nov. 18, a makeshift mobile medical centre was set up in St. Peter’s Square, allowing the poor and needy to come for free checkups and evaluations from specialists.  Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the clinic, as he has done on similar occasions in the past, taking time to speak to both patients and volunteer staff there.

Another recent Christmas gesture of Pope Francis has been a lunch for the poor and homeless of Rome’s seaside town of Ostia on December 18 offered by Italy’s finance police, Guardia di Finanza, at Castelporziano near Ostia.
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#BreakingNews Man who Pretended to be a Priest arrested after 18 years of Ministry in Spain

A Colombian man who pretended to be a Catholic years for 18 years has been arrested in Spain. After someone complained that he had forged his documents. He has been dismissed by the Catholic Church in Spain.

Miguel Angel Ibarra presided over many sacraments through the years including weddings and baptisms. He first started in Colombia and then in southern Spain.
Mr. Ibarra was never ordained.

The Church explained those ceremonies will still be recognised, but not his communions or the confessions he heard.

A "thorough investigation",  was conducted and it was discovered that he had never been ordained and he has now been ordered to return to Colombia.

Mr Ibarra moved to Spain last October, he lived in the town of Medina-Sidonia.

This is not the first time someone has been caught in the act of pretending to be a Catholic priest.

In 2008, a man who had not been ordained was found to be hearing confessions in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

Edited from BBC

Christmas #Novena : Day 8 : Official Prayer with Plenary Indulgence

Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Day 8 Prayers
The Flight into Egypt.
O most sweet infant Jesus, whom Herod tried to slay,
carried by St. Joseph with your Mother into Egypt, saved
from death by flight, and glorified by the blood of the
holy innocents. Have mercy on. us.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to thee
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Christ is at hand. 0 come, let us worship him.
Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...


NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

#BreakingNews Man Crashes Car into Church causing great Damage - Our Lady of Lavang in Portland, Oregon

The Southeast Asian Vicariate Church of Our Lady of Lavang was badly damaged on Monday.

Police have arrested a suspect who drove his SUV into and through a church in Northeast Portland.

Hieu John Phung, 35, was brought to the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

No one was injured in the incident.

According to police, at 12:13 a.m. on Dec. 24, the Southeast Asian Vicariate Church of Our Lady of Lavang, was hit, in Portland, Oregon, USA.

There was extensive damage to the building and its contents. Based on information learned during the investigation, officers believed a suspect had driven an Acura sport utility vehicle into and through the interior of the church.

 Officers responded to a 911 caller and located an Acura MDX sport utility vehicle and the driver of the Acura MDX. The Acura MDX had damage consistent with being involved in a crash and was seized as evidence. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

#BreakingNews Tsunami in Indonesia with 281 People Killed with many missing and Injured - Please Pray

Death toll in Java-Sumatra tsunami reaches 281. Experts warn of another possible tsunami
by Mathias Hariyadi
Five districts have been affected – Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, Tanggamus and Pesawaran – all in Banten and Lampung provinces. Vandalism, limitation of funds and technical difficulties caused the warning system to fail. The activity of the Anak Krakatau could trigger further submarine landslides.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The death toll from the tsunami that yesterday struck tourist resorts in the Sanda Strait, between Java and Sumatra, rose to 281 (207 in Pandeglang alone). The injured number 1,106, with 57 missing and 11,687 displaced, this according to the latest reports from Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB).

"The number of victims and damage will continue to rise," a BNPB spokesperson said. International experts warn that another tsunami cannot be ruled out.

The tsunami affected five districts: Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, Tanggamus and Pesawaran. All of them are in Banten and Lampung provinces.

Damages have also been reported in Panimbang Beach, Tanjung Lesung Beach, Teluk Lada Beach and Sumur Beach.

Most of the casualties were staying at Mutiara Hotel Carita Cottage, Sambolo Village and Tanjung Lesung Hotel.

The unexpected tsunami was caused by an eruption and a landslide of 640,000 square metres on Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa), a volcanic island.

Residents in South Lampung, Anyer Beach and Pandenglang did not receive any warning from local authorities about possible seismic sea waves.

“Vandalism, limitation of funds, [and] technical difficulties have led to the absence of functional tsunami buoys,” said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Bad weather has made rescue work more difficult. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from Pandeglang.

As volcanic activity continues, experts do not rule out the possibility of another tsunami in the Sunda Strait.

"The likelihood of further tsunamis in the Sunda Strait will remain high while Anak Krakatoa volcano is going through its current active phase because that might trigger further submarine landslides," said Richard Teeuw of the University of Portsmouth in England.

Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff of the University of Paris-South warns that "we must be wary now that the volcano has been destabilised".

President Joko Widodo who is still in a remote area of Banggai in Central Sulawesi has told Social Affairs Minister and Indonesian Armed Forces Commander Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto to monitor the situation on the ground and provide emergency aid.

Top 5 Christmas Carols to SHARE - #Carols Video and #History - Beautiful Music to Uplift your Soul!

A Christmas Carol is a song or hymn dedicated to Christmas. They originated in Rome around the 4th Century AD. Here is a little history of the top 5 Christmas Carols in history. 
Silent Night, originally "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" in German, was written by the Catholic Priest Joseph Mohr and the melody composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. The tune was written in Austria in 1818. 
O Come, All Ye Faithful 
According to most sources the Adeste Fidelis  (O Come, All Ye Faithful in Latin) was composed there by John Reading about the year 1680. It is believed that the lyrics were written by Cistercian monks much earlier.
What Child is This was written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix. It was set to the traditional English Tune of Greensleeves which originated around 1580. 
Away in a Manger was published in Philadelphia in 1885. It is uncertain who wrote the lyrics. However, the tune was called St. Kilda and attributed to J. E. Clark. 
Joy To The World was written by Isaac Watts and based on Psalm 98. It was published in 1719 and was arranged to music in 1839 by Lowell Mason. 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday December 24, 2018 - #Eucharist in #Advent

Monday in Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the Morning
Lectionary: 200

Reading 12 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16

When King David was settled in his palace,
and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
he said to Nathan the prophet,
"Here I am living in a house of cedar,
while the ark of God dwells in a tent!" 
Nathan answered the king,
"Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the LORD is with you." 
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:
Should you build me a house to dwell in?

"'It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock
to be commander of my people Israel. 
I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. 
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. 
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies. 
The LORD also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you. 
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his Kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.'"

Responsorial PsalmPS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, "My kindness is established forever";
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
"I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations."
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
"He shall say of me, 'You are my father,
my God, the rock, my savior.'
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm."
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O Radiant Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:67-79

Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace."

Novena to St. Charbel : #Miracle #Prayer to Wonderworker - SHARE

Day One :Oh. Miraculous Saint Charbel, from whose immaculate body, which overpowers corruption, radiates the scent of heaven, come to my rescue and grant me from God the grace which I am in need of ( name the grace). Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel pray for me.
Oh Lord, who was bestowed on Saint Charbel the grace of faith, I plead to you to grant me through his intercession that divine grace to live according to your commandments and Bible.
The glory is yours till the end. Amen.


Day Two :Oh, Saint Charbel, Martyr of monastic life, who experienced suffering, and whom Lord Jesus made of you a bright beacon, I resort to you and ask through your intercession the grace (name the grace). I confide in you. Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel, vase of perfume, intercede for me.Oh, God of complete benevolence, who honored Saint Charbel by giving him the grace to perform miracles, have mercy on me and grant me what I ask from you through his intercession.
The Glory is yours till the end. Amen.
(once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory to the father.
Day Three :
Oh, Saint Charbel, the amiable, who shines like a bright star in the church sky,brighten my way, and fortify my hope. From you I ask for the grace (name the grace). Ask for it from Jesus the crucified whom you perpetually worship. Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel, the example of patience and silence, intercede for me.
Oh, Lord Jesus, who sanctified Saint Charbel and helped him to carry his cross, give me the courage to bear life's difficulties with patience and submission to your divine will through Saint Charbel's intercession, to you is gratefulness forever. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and glory be to the father.

 Day Four :
Oh Father, Saint Charbel, the affectionate, I resort to you. My confidence in you fills my heart. With the power of your intercession with God, I am waiting for the Grace which I ask from you (name the grace). Show me your affection once more.
Oh, Saint Charbel, garden of virtue, intercede for me.
Oh, God, you, who granted Saint Charbel the grace of your resemblance, grant me the help to grow in the Christian virtues and have mercy on me to be able to praise you till the end. Amen.
(Once) Our Father Hail Mary, and Glory to be the Father.
Day Five :
Oh, Saint Charbel, loved by God, enlighten me, help me and teach me how to please God. Hurry to my rescue. Oh affectionate Father; I beg of you to ask God for this grace (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, friend of the crucified, intercede for me.
Oh, God hear my demand through Saint Charbel's intercession. Save my poor heart and give me peace. Calm the troubles of my soul. Glory to you till the end.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Day Six :Oh, Saint Charbel, all powerful intercessor, I ask you to fulfill the grace which I am in need of (name the grace). A single word from you to Jesus is enough to forgive me, to have mercy on me and to grant me my wish.
Oh, Saint Charbel, joy of heaven and earth, intercede for me.
Oh, God, who chose Saint Charbel to defend us before your divine power, grant me through his intercession this grace (name the grace) to glorify you with him till the end.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Seven : Oh, Saint Charbel, loved by everyone, helper of the needy; I have firm hope in your intercession before God. Fulfill this grace for me (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, a star that counsels the bewildered, intercede for me.
Oh, God, my numerous sins hinder your grace to reach me. Grant me the grace to repent. Answer me through Saint Charbel’s intercession. Return the joy to my sad heart and grant me my demand. You, the embodiment of graces, glory and gratefulness be to you.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Eight :
Oh, Saint Charbel, whenever I see you kneeling down on the cane mat, fasting, abstaining and absorbed in calling God, my hope and my faith in you augment. I beg of you to help me to receive the grace that I am asking for (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, absorbed in God, intercede for me.
Oh, Jesus, the most peaceful, you who has raised your beloved Charbel to biblical perfection, I solemnly ask you to grant me the grace to spend the rest of my life according to your demand. I love you, oh God, my savior. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Nine :
Oh, Father, Saint Charbel, here I am at the end of the Novena. My heart gets nourished when I speak to you. I have great hope that I will obtain from Jesus the grace I asked for through your intercession. I repent, and I promise that I will never ever fall into sin. I ask you to fulfill my demand (name the demand).
Oh, Saint Charbel, crowned with glory, intercede for me.
Oh, Lord, you listened to Saint Charbel’s prayers, and you fulfilled the grace of unison with you, have mercy on me in my moment of distress. Save me from malice which I cannot bear. Glory and gratefulness be to you till the end. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
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Saint December 24 : St. Charbel of #Lebanon : #Mystic and #Hermit #StCharbel

St. Charbel Makhlouf
Feast: December 24


Feast Day:
December 24
May 8, 1828, Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon)
December 24, 1898
October 9, 1977 by Pope Paul VI

 Youssef Antoun Makhluf was born on May 8, 1828, one of five children born to Antoun Zaarour Makhlouf and Brigitta Chidiac. They lived in the village of Bekaa Kafra. He became a Maronite monk at Annaya Abbey at the age of twenty. As a monk and took the name Charbel, after a Christian martyr in Antioch from the 2nd century. He was even renowned among his Islamic neighbors. He possessed miraculous abilities and loved the Holy Eucharist. Charbel died in 1898. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-1978).

Novena to St. Charbel : #Miracle #Prayer to Wonderworker - SHARE