About Today for Friday in the 6th week of Easter
Saint Sharbel Makhlūf, Priest
St. Sharbel was born in Lebanon in 1828, a devout son in a humble family. At the age of 23, he joined a Maronite monastic community of Our Lady of Mayfouk, but after transferred to the Monastery of St. Maron near Beirut. There, he took vows and began studying for the priesthood. After his ordination, he spent many years in his monastery living a very ascetical way of life. In 1875 he received permission to live as a hermit in a chapel overseen by the monastery. For 23 years, he lived there as a hermit. Paul VI canonized him in 1977 as a shining example of an Eastern Christian sanctity. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
 Catholic News Agency, Lebanese hermit Saint Charbel remembered July 24, 2012.
 Paul VI, Canonization of Charbel Makhluof, October 9, 1977.
 World Heritage List, Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab), UNESCO, 2012.
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