Fr. Nimatullah Youssef Al-Hardini, a Lebanese Maronite Monk, "is an example of Christian and monastic life for the Maronite community and for all disciples of Christ today... He is a sign of hope for all Lebanese, particularly for families and young people." Pope John Paul II, May 10, 1998
"...a hermit of the Lebanese mountain is inscribed in the number of the blessed, a new eminent member of monastic sanctity is enriching, by his example and his intercession, the entire Christian people. May he make us understand, in a world largely fascinated by wealth and comfort, the paramount value of poverty, penance and asceticism, to liberate the soul in its ascent to God..." Pope Paul VI, October 9, 1977
... Rafka suffered for seventeen years as a blind paralytic. Only God knew how much she had to endure. Her pain was continuous night and day, yet the other sisters never heard her murmuring or complaining. She often told them that she thanked God for her sufferings, "...because I know that the sickness I have is for the good of my soul and His glory" and that "the sickness accepted with patience and thanksgiving purifies the soul as the fire purifies gold."
...Saint Maroun consecrated the temple of god Nabo for divine christian worship. The pattern of his life had a great influence on his disciples who followed suit and were "as plants of wisdom in the region of Cyrrhus."
Aboona Yacoob Haddad The Capuchin
Aboona Yacoob, in English Father Jacob was a Capuchin Priest, from Ghazir, Kesrawan, Lebanon. He joined the
Capuchins after, he returned from Egypt. His life was trusting God, and the Rosary is a witness to his devotion of the
Blessed Virgin Mary. He used it in his traveling during the nights from place to place, to preach and teach all over
Lebanon and Syria. more...
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