Thursday, April 18, 2024

Introduction to Syriac Spirituality Zoom Sessions

 Introduction to Syriac Spirituality Seely Beggiani – ܡܰܪܓܳܢܺܝܬܳܐ ܓܢܺܝܙܬܳܐ

with Chorbishop Seely Beggiani 
Zoom Series Hosted by the St. Sharbel Spiritual Life Center

April 18: The Syriac World View
April 25: The Early Period (The Demonstrations of Aphraat and the Book of Steps)
May 2: The Foundations of Spirituality (Faith, Baptism, The Holy Spirit, Eucharist)
May 9: The Foundations of Spirituality Cont (Penitence, Humility, Hope, Charity, Mercy)
May 16: Stages of the Spiritual Life: The Corporeal Stage (Faith and "Fear of God", Observing the Commandments, Asceticism, Passionlessness)
May 23: Stages of the Spiritual Life Cont: Eight Major Temptations, Abstinence, Vigil, Almsgiving, Discernment
May 30: The Stage of the Soul (Private Prayer, Luminosity, Purity of Heart, Simplicity, Stillness and Solitude)
June 6: The Stage of the Soul Cont: (Contemplation, The Divine Presence in Creation, Divine Providence, Sacred Scriptures)
June 13: The Stage of the Spirit (Silent Prayer, The Spiritual Senses, Unknowing, Spiritual Wisdom, Ecstatic events)
June 20: Summaries and Conclusions

Friday, March 22, 2024

A New Maronite Saint

Good news to share with your catechists and children.

Patriarch Estephan El Douaihy, a pillar of the Maronite Church, will soon be beatified, joining the long list of holy Maronite saints.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Letter of Bishop Gregory on the Year of Prayer


5 March 2024                                                                          Prot. No. 058/1/24




Dear Brother Priests, Deacons and Subdeacons, Consecrated Men and Women, Lay Faithful, 



On January 21, 2024, Pope Francis opened the Year of Prayer in anticipation of the Jubilee Year 2025. The Holy Father’s intention is to have us look closely at how we relate to the Church, to the family, and to the world, according to the wisdom of the Second Vatican Council, and then apply this practically to our own life of prayer. 


As you know, Pope Saint Paul VI beatified Saint Sharbel at the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, along with a missionary priest martyr, Jacques Berthieu, who served in Madagascar, Africa. What an honor for us as Maronites, to have shared in this spotlight, and what a message the Saintly Pontiff gave to the world (and to us!) that prayer, silence, sacrifice, and a missionary spirit are the ways forward to the renewal of the Church, the family, and the world!


In the Apostolic Letter by which Sharbel was declared blessed, we read this:  


“We should mention that we recently decreed the same honors (Beatification) for Jacques Berthieu, who won the prize by struggling in the action of life as though in a spiritual combat. Now, a monk, removed from all human association and given over to contemplation of divine things in solitude, is extolled. Both lives are commended by the Church…. Sharbel who represented anew the life, distinguished by the sanctity of the ancient hermits, kept his mind unperturbed…so that from the happiness of his soul would flow the cheerfulness of his countenance.”


Brothers and Sisters in Christ, during this Year of Prayer, let us use this opportunity, in the same spirit that animated Pope Saint Paul VI at the end of the Second Vatican Council when he pointed to Saint Sharbel as a model of prayer and devotion, so that we may keep our “minds unperturbed” and thus from the “happiness of our soul” God will cause to “flow the cheerfulness of our countenance.”


+ Gregory



PS: Please see the link below for some of the offerings of our new Saint Sharbel Spiritual Life Center on prayer and life of the holiness.


Friday, March 1, 2024


>Year of Prayer 2024 - How can we live it?  Read More Here

>Weekly Rosary with our Eparchy every Thursday

Join every Thursday at 5:00 PM via Zoom to pray the rosary for all the souls of the faithful departed. Father Vince, pastor of Our Lady of Purgatory, and Bishop Gregory, along with many from our Eparchy participate in this devotion. 

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>The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization has issued a new resource on prayer aimed at inviting the faithful to “intensify prayer as a personal dialogue with God” and to reflect on their faith and commitment in today’s world.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Lenten Scripture Sharing 2024


Guest Presenters:

Feb 22: Healing of the Hemorrhaging Woman – Fr. Rudy Wakim

* Feb 29: Parable of the Prodigal Son—Msgr. Jim Root
* Mar 7: Healing of the Paralytic -- Bishop Gregory Mansour
* Mar 14: Healing of the Blind Man -- Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
* Mar 21: Hosanna Sunday – Fr. Vince Farhat

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Feast of Saint Maron - February 9th

 Saint Maron is the spiritual father of the Maronites, and the saint from whom the Maronite Church draws its name. The Maronite rite is one of 23 Eastern Catholic Churches that is in full communion with the Holy See of Rome. Of all the Eastern Churches, the Maronite Church is the only one known by the name of a person—Saint Maron.

The only source we have on Saint Maron’s Life is from his biographer, Theodoret of Cyrrhus, who wrote “Historia Religiosa” in the fifth century (The Religious History, also known as A History of the Monks of Syria). He describes the life of hermits in Cyrrhus and vicinity. In chapter 16 Theodoret mentions that Saint Maron was one of those hermits.

The Diocese of Cyrrhus was west of Euphratia in northern Syria. Cyrrhus was at a distance of two days north east of Antioch and about 70 kms north west of Aleppo.