My dear friends in Christ, Like all of us in this nation, my heart aches for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Our neighbors in the southern region of the United States are suffering immeasurable destruction, loss, damage, and despair. They need our help. I join my faithful brothers and sisters and pray to Almighty God, the Father of Heaven, to grant rest to those who have perished in this catastrophic weather, to console the hearts of their loved ones, and to send aid to those who need food, shelter, medicine, support, clothing, and love. Together we can provide them hope. Read More
Colorado Lebanese Festival From Then Until Now: THE SECRET OF THE LEBANESE VALUES of Food, Faith, Family, and Fun
Success upon Success! First, nothing can happen in a Lebanese context, and especially in a Maronite Parish, without Mar Sharbel, the Sign of the Cross, Jesus and Mary, the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Rafka and all the Saints. Literally. The Colorado Lebanese Festival blends these key elements of our Faith with our Food, our Family, and the Fun we have when we all come together. Every year at our Festival, our multi-generational families come together with good friends and grow our Traditions, our generational memories, and our Families. They grow like the Cedars of Lebanon, rooted in the Gospel. Moreover, the Festival allows our Values of Food, Faith, Family, and Fun; and our Cultural Traditions to reach out to our neighbors with a spirit of solidarity, joy, and prosperity, regardless of color, religion, race, culture, language, or politics. Read More
I pray that people will finally realize how dangerous the situation in the world is today for Christians and for the Judeo-Christian civilization of peace, faith, hope and love.
I pray that the eyes, ears, minds, and hearts of people in America and the world will open to conversion and repentance before it is too late. Read More
My dearest parishioners;
I join Bishops Elias Zaidan and Gregory Mansour, the clergy and laity of the Eparchies of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles and of Saint Maron Brooklyn, to offer our sympathy and condolence to the Shaheen family of late Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, who passed away on Wednesday August 9- 2017, in St. Louis MO. Read More
With these words filled with Faith, Hope and Love, I greet your Mother O Lord, calling Her: Star of the East, Light of all Nations! Help of Christians.
Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, please break the silence. You need to speak in America “Hic et Nunc”, “Here and Now”.
My hurt comes ultimately from the sad story of NIMAR NADER, one of five babies who ended up dead this past week because a local Lebanese hospital demanded $6500.00 dollars be secured from private funds in order to continue his care. Read Message
On the Third Sunday of July, it has been the custom of the Maronite Faithful to celebrate the feast day of Saint Sharbel Makhlouf, the monk and hermit of the late 18th century who died on December 24, Christmas Eve, 1898. Saint Sharbel (also written as Charbel) lived the last part of his life as hermit in the hermitage of Saints Peter and Paul, near the Monastery of Saint Maron, Annaya, a village in the mountains of Jbeil, a region of the Mount Lebanon province, in Lebanon. Read More
The Gift of Silence IX: The Redemptive Silence of the Virgin Mary – For the Book called: God for Dummies
The redemptive silence of the Virgin Mary is the story of every human being with whom God enters into a sacred covenant for the sake of salvation. I like to define the redemptive silence of the Virgin Mary as the flowing river, or the Gate of Heaven or the Ark of the Covenant, or the Way of Light that allowed God to enter and act directly in our human history. For through Mary, her few words and her many silences, God the Father revealed His Divine Providence where in all Divine Wisdom God acted fully our Redemption that we have all received through the Incarnation, Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read More
Two keys in Christianity are:
1. Our silence is redemptive, but We preach the Word of the Gospel as the Good News for all creation that is in labor pain for Life in Jesus. Therefore Saint Paul tells us: “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1Cor 9:16). Read More
Gift VI – The Gift of Silence, The Power of Silence and Prayer- Sunday June 9 – 2017 For the Book: God for Dummies
The Gift of Silence enables us to hear the voice of God which liberates us from the “Dictatorship of Noise.” Recently, I have been feeling the need to for silence. It is not easy for a priest who needs to give homilies on regular bases, who needs to listen and counsel people almost every day, who needs to call people back or answer phone calls every day. The life of a priest needs, but misses silence a lot, like the deer misses the good steams of water. If I open my heart to people and friends, they will see that one of the best things I like to do is to be in total silence for a time. The way I do it is usually to retreat in prayer, and I do it in the following order…Read More
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Today is a good day. Today is the Day of the Resurrection of the Lord, Sunday, the Day in which we are all invited to rejoice and be glad. Today is the Day that is the first of the week, marking the 50th day. of the day of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the tomb, destroying hell, and conquering death our enemy. Today, is the First Sunday of the Month of June; the entire Month is in fact consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast is June 23), Fount of Divine Mercy, which gushed forth with blood and water on the Cross for our salvation. To Him we declare: “Jesus I Trust in You.” Read More