Wednesday, July 24, 2013

St Charbels Feast Day

St. Charbels Feast Day

Happy Feast Day of St. Charbel! Pray to him asking his intercession:)

St. Charbel's Life
Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born on May 8, 1828 in Bkaakafra, Lebanon to Antoun Zaarour Makhlour and Brigiita Chidiac who were both Maronite Catholics. He was grown up on Christian beliefs which made him infatuated with prayers even since he was a young boy. During his life he felt a calling to live as a hermit and a monk, following the path set by his uncles who were hermits living in solitary in the hermitage of Saint Antonius of Kozhayah. He studied the principals of Arabic and Syriac in the school in his village, during his studies he was know to be very pious and he was even called the "Saint" by his village members. With his small herd he used to go the the prairies and would go to a grotto where he would kneel in front of the Virgin Mary Icon and pray. This grotto later ended up being a chapel for prayer and a pilgrimage for believers.

One early day in 1851, Youssef left his parents and his village and headed to the Lady of Mayfouk monastery which the intentions of becoming a monk. After his first preparatory year he went to St. Maroun's monastery-Annaya, where he joined the Corps of the Lebanese Maronite Order, choosing the name Charbel, a martyr of the 2nd century in the Antioch Church. In 1853 he revealed his monastic vows in the same monastery and was informed of the obligations of the three vows that he would have to live by, which were obedience, chastity and poverty. He continued his theological studies in the Monastery of St. Kouberyanous and Justina, Kififan-Batroun, under the care of his teacher St. Nehemtallah Kassab Elhardiny. On July 23, 1859 Brother Charbel Makhlouf was ordained a priest in Bkerky.

From then on Fr. Charbel lived in St. Maroun's Monastery-Annaya for 16 years where he was ruthless on himself by living strict austerity and mortification. He denounced all worldly materials and was devoted to serve his Lord and was determined for the salvation of his soul. In 1875 God inspired Father Charbel to live in the hermitage in St. Peter and Paul, and one night he received a sign from heaven visualized by the miracle of the lamp. One night he asked the servant to fill the lamp with oil but instead of filling it with oil it was filled with water, but when he lit it the lamp gave light ordinarily as if it had been filled with oil. This miracle opened the sequence of St. Charbel's miracles and the day approached that he would be destined for him to go to his desired secluded home to live as a hermit.

On Feb. 15, 1875 Father Charbel moved to live as a hermit where he lived spending time in silence, prayer, worship and manual labor in the fields. He followed the path of the life of the Saints hermit father, kneeling on a dish of canes in front of the Eucharist, whispering to it and being inebriated by it throughout the nights. He spent 23 years as a hermit, dedicating himself to the service of his lord and apply the rules of hermits with precision and faithfulness.

While celebrating mass on December 16, 1898 he was struck by hemiplegia, and thus began the duel with his illness which remained for 8 days. During this period he went through terrible pains of struggle with death calmly and silently in spite of the severity of his aches. In his struggle he continued to say the prayers which he was unable to completed in the mass and would repeat the names of Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, Peter and Paul. On December 24th, 1898 on Christmas Eve his spirit was lifted and united with his Lord which he so longed to please and serve. He was buried in the burial area of St. Maroun's Monastery in Annaya.

Miracles after St. Charbel's death.

After he had died and was buried, spiritual lights radiated from his tomb and his corpse was perspiring sweat and blood. His body was transferred into a special coffin and with permission of the Maronite patriarchate, he was placed in a new tomb inside the monastery. During this time Pilgrims flocked to where he was buried begging of his intercession, God blessed many of these people by healing them and endowing them by other spiritual blessings. IN 1925 a petition was raised to canonize him and declare his sanctity before Pope Bios Xi, by father superior Ighnatious Dagher Tannoury and his Vicar father Martinous Tarabay. The plea was accepted as well by father Nehemtallah Kassab Elhardidni and Sister Rafca Elrayess in the year 1927. IN 1950 his graved was opened and Certified Doctors verified the wholeness of the corpse and wrote a special medical report and placed it in a box in his coffin. Suddenly healing's by the intercession of this great saint increased dramatically and tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the Annaya monastery imploring the intercession of St. Charbel.

His miracles surpassed the borders of Lebabon and letters and reports kept in the St. Maroun's Monastery in Annaya are evidence on his widespread sanctity all over the world. This unusual phenomenon triggered a comeback to good morals and a return to faith and revival of virtues in the souls of people. Healing by his intercession exceeds over tens of thousands, excluding the healings worldwide to all colors, religions and sects. Some of the healings were physical but the most important was the spiritual healing of how many repentant sinners returned to God by his intercession.

Oh St. Charbel, Pray for us!

St. Charbel's life in stages

08-05-1828 : His birth date in Bekaa Kafra

16-05-1828 : His baptism

1851-1852 : First year of noviciate in Maifouk
1852-1853 : Second year of noviciate in Annaya
01-11-1853 : His first vows in Annaya
1853-1859 : His theological studies in Kfifan
23-07-1859 : His priestly ordination
1859-1875 : His life at the Annaya monastery
15-02-1875 : His entering the hermitage
24-12- 1898 : His death
15-04-1899 : The changing of the tomb
24-07-1927 : The corpse was transferred to a third grave
25-02-1950 : The grave was opened and the body was exposed to visitors.
A distinguished year full of miracles around his grave.
05-12- 1965 : His Beatification in Vatican
09-10-1977 : His Canonization in Vatican.

Miracles credited to the intercession of St. Charbel

Sister Mary Abel Kamary
Eskandar Obeid

How to pray the chaplet of St. Charbel

On the first white bead after the medal say the “Father of Truth” prayer.

On each black bead recite an “Our Father”.

On the first three red beads say the “Hail Mary” in honor of Saint Charbel’s fidelity to the vow of poverty.

On the second set of red beads say the “Hail Mary” in honor of Saint Charbel’s fidelity to the vow of chastity.

On the third set of red beads say the “Hail Mary” in honor of Saint Charbel’s fidelity to the vow of obedience.

On the three white beads say the “Hail Mary” in honor of Saint Charbel’s love for the Eucharist.

On the three blue beads say the “Hail Mary” in honor of Saint Charbel’s devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Conclude with the prayer to obtain graces on the medal.

Father of Truth Prayer
Father of Truth, behold Your Son, a sacrifice pleasing to You. Accept this offering of Him who died for me; behold His blood shed on Golgotha for my salvation. It pleads for me. For His sake, accept my offering. Many are my sins, but greater is Your mercy. When placed on a scale, Your mercy prevails over the weight of the mountains known only to You. Consider the sin and consider the atonement; the atonement is greater and exceeds the sin. Your beloved Son sustained the nails and the lance because of my sins so in His sufferings You are satisfied and I live.

Prayer to Obtain Graces
Lord, infinitely holy and glorified in Your saints, You have inspired Charbel, the saint monk, to lead the perfect life of a hermit. We thank You for granting him the blessing and the strength to detach himself from the world so that the heroism of the monastic virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience might triumph in his hermitage. We beseech You to grant us the grace of loving and serving You, following his example. Almighty God, who have manifested the power of Saint Charbel’s intercession through his countless miracles and favors, grant us this grace (here mention your intention) which we request from You through his intercession. Amen.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Today my dad and I accompanied by two friends from church tool the time to hike to Lake Mary to finish and eat and finally we installed a shrine to Jesus and Mary behind a tree and after that we hiked to Lake Martha. Once we had seen that lake we hiked to Lake Catherine but we took at wrong turn and found a cliff with caves in it. We decided to dedicate the large one filled with snow to St. Charbel and the one of the hill to St. Antony the Great and named the hill hermit hill.

Once we found the real trail we continued to Lake Catherine where we waded in the water, I found a handmade raft and it was fun to see my friend try to use it!

Enjoy the photos.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Litany of St. Benedict

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins,
Pray for us.

Holy Father, Saint Benedict,
Pray for us.

Father most reverend,
Pray for us.

Father most renowned,
Pray for us.

Father most compassionate,
Pray for us.

Man of great fortitude,
Pray for us.

Man of venerable life,
Pray for us.

Man of the most holy conversation,
Pray for us.

True servant of God,
Pray for us.

Light of devotion,
Pray for us.

Light of prayer,
Pray for us.

Light of contemplation,
Pray for us.

Star of the world,
Pray for us.

Best master of an austere life,
Pray for us.

Leader of the holy warfare,
Pray for us.

Leader and chief of monks,
Pray for us.

Master of those who die to the world,
Pray for us.

Protector of those who cry to thee,
Pray for us.

Wonderful worker of miracles,
Pray for us.

Revealer of the secrets of the human heart,
Pray for us.

Master of spiritual discipline,
Pray for us.

Companion of the patriarchs,
Pray for us.

Equal of the prophets,
Pray for us.

Follower of the Apostles,
Pray for us.

Teacher of martyrs,
Pray for us.

Father of many pontiffs,
Pray for us.

Gem of abbots,
Pray for us.

Glory of confessors,
Pray for us.

Imitator of anchorites,
Pray for us.

Associate of virgins,
Pray for us.

Colleague of all the saints,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Intercede for us, O holy father Saint Benedict,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

O God, Who hast called us from the vanity of the world,
and Who dost incite us
to the reward of a heavenly vocation
under the guidance of our holy patriarch
and founder, Saint Benedict,
inspire and purify our hearts
and pour forth on us Thy grace,
whereby we may persevere in Thee.
Through Jesus Christ,
Our Lord.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Spiritual Exercises

Great first day! We had our introductory meeting last night, so now they begin! So excited!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Liturgy of the Hours

Lauds = Morning Prayer
Terce = Mid-Morning Prayer
Sext = Mid-Day Prayer
None = Mid-Afternoon Prayer
Vespers = Evening Prayer
Compline = Night Prayer

Carthusian Nun schedule

I thought this was really amazing, this is the daily schedule for the Carthusian nuns...pretty amazing!

Dominican Priest!

Yesterday for Sunday mass we had a Dominican Friar celebrate mass! He was chooses for our parish for the yearly parish mission collection. So he had our church, and our mission church and a few in Salt Lake City. He delivered an amazing homily about the gospel and about what he does and about their missions. He went into great detail about helping deported immigrants that came to their town in Mexico near the border. Some of the things he said I had no idea about! It was a wonderful experience. He was full of humor and kindness, and at the end of mass he asked if anyone could lead him to our mission church in Heber. A kind lady from our choir helped him get there safely.

The thing I will remember the most is his habit! He had a white habit and a large belt with a black habit rosary hanging from his side. It was an amazing sight and I am so glad to have seen him.

Have any of you had a religious priest celebrate mass in your church?

Spiritual Exercises

Hello everyone! Our temporary pastor will be conducting the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignacio's if Loyola tomorrow! I am very excited to begin and I can't wait to hear what he has to say! We are meeting at the rectory for 30 minutes each day to meet with him, it is going to be a great experience! I will make sure to post how it is going!