Man of Lebanon
When he was only three, his father died, having been captured by imperialistic infidels.
As he grew older, his uncle worried about the young man's growing religious fanaticism.
When he was 23, he secretly joined a band of men who were holed up in a mountain stronghold. He would take a Syrian name.
This mysterious man in the black robes would travel little, but people from all over Lebanon and beyond would come to him for direction.
He would suffer a stroke while celebrating Mass and died on Christmas eve in 1898.
He would be beatified at the end of the Second Vatican Council and canonized in 1977.
The memory of Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Maronite priest and hermit, is celebrated by many on this day.