St. Charbel Makhlouf

MYSTIC AND MARONITE HERMIT

Feast: December 24
 



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Feast Day: December 24
Born: May 8, 1828, Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon)
Died: December 24, 1898
Canonized: 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).


(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)


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