January 12, 2020

January 5, 2020

December 29, 2019

December 22, 2019

December 15, 2019

December 8, 2019

November 24, 2019

November 17, 2019

November 10, 2019

November 3, 2019

October 27, 2019

October 20, 2019

October 13, 2019

October 6, 2019

September 29, 2019

September 22, 2019

September 15, 2019

September 8, 2019

September 1, 2019

August 25. 2019

August 18, 2019

August 11, 2019

August 4, 2019

July 28, 2019

June 30, 2019

June 23, 2019

June 16, 2019

June 9, 2019

May 26, 2019

May 5, 2019

April 28, 2019

Easter:  April 21, 2019

April 7, 2019

March 31, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 17, 2019

March 10, 2019

March 3, 2019

February 24, 2019

February 17, 2019

February 10, 2019

February 3, 2019

December 30, 2018

December 23, 2018

December 16, 2018

December 9, 2018

December 2, 2018

November 22, 2018

November 18, 2018

November 11, 2018

November 4, 2018

October 28, 2018

October 21, 2018

October 14, 2018

October 7, 2018

September 30, 2018

September 9, 2018

September 2, 2018

August 26, 2018

August 12, 2018

August 5, 2018

July 29, 2018

July 22, 2018

July 15, 2018

July 8, 2018

July 1, 2018

June 10, 2018

June 3, 2018

May 27, 2018

May 20, 2018

May 13, 2018

May 6, 2018

April 8, 2018

March 18, 2018

March 11, 2018

March 4, 2018

February 25, 2018

February 18, 2018

February 11, 2018

February 4, 2018

January 28, 2018

January 21, 2018

January 14, 2018

January 7, 2018

December 31, 2017

December 24, 2017

December 17, 2017

December 3, 2017

November 5, 2017

October 22, 2017

October 8, 2017

October 1, 2017

FATHER ANDRE said 2/8/2014 3:22:58 PM :
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

It is the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of the Maronite Church: Saint Maron of Cyr the Hermit, who died in 410 A.D. Let us all be filled with gladness on this feast day, abounding in great mysteries, in graces, in Divine Blessings and in heroic virtues.

Today our prayers and congratulations are offered for our current Bishop A. Elias Zaidan, our retired Bishop Robert Shaheen, our Patriarch Bechara Rai, the Synod of all Maronite Bishops in the world, and all clergy and laity.

Here is how our sacred Liturgy describes Saint Maron and the Maronites using the Psalms:
“Do not be afraid little flock…You (God) in your hands you have planted them, you have nourished them. For not by the force of the sword they inherited the land. It was not their hand that saved them, but your Right hand and your arm and the light of your face for you were pleased with them… Therefore, we do not fear if the earth fell, or the mountains shook and were thrown in the bottom of the oceans… Look, all of you who are seeking the righteousness, the seekers of the Lord, look to the Rock from which you were molded. How beautiful are, on the mountains, the feet of the speakers of peace, the announcers of the good, the speakers of salvation.”

The name of Saint Maron has marked both the genesis and the destiny of the Maronites in the world. Patriarch Steven Douaihy was a famous Maronite patriarch who was born on August 2, 1630, on the feast day of Saint Steven, the first deacon and martyr and who died in 1704 in the monastery of Qannoubin in the Holy Valley in North Lebanon. While writing the history of the Maronites, Patriarch Douaihy discovered that the roots of this silent hermit of Cyr formed the living heart and the flowing holy blood that is fertile in sainthood and gospel witness. The aroma of the life and Antiochene character of Saint Maron still irrigate the Maronite church with saints, such as St. Sharbel and St. Rafka, and the profession of the apostolic faith today.

Saint Maron provides a school of holiness and guidance for people who are seeking the Kingdom of God and who are trying to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth. His charisma is formed of a series of contradictory factors that could only be reconciled in his personality and existential goal for he was a Christ-like disciple and apostle.

In his life, he moved between mysticism, evangelization, a solitary life and asceticism. However, this same saint and father was also the inspiration for and the foundation of the largest apostolic movement in the history of the Church in the East: the series of monasteries of Saint Maron that existed all over Syria and into Lebanon, and recently in the entire world. It was this series of monastic entities called “Beit Maroon” or the House of Maron that later on in the 7th and 8th centuries became known as the Maronite Church that has grown in parishes and dioceses.

My dear friends, it is my hope that together we will grow more in our knowledge, in our imitation of Christ, and in our apostolic mission in the same way of Saint Maron as his life forms a living book of guidance that we are called to follow. We can do that by acknowledging and accepting the gift of his life, which was made of asceticism and kindness, of monasticism and missionary work, for the sake of the salvation of all souls. Let us renew ourselves and claim again through penance, prayer and fasting as we approach Lent by being his children. Let the Holy Spirit instill in all of us the Spirit of our Father, whose name “Maroon” means the Little Master, and who was the image of truth, reflecting faithfully the true nature of Christ as Savior and as Son of God, as the “Moran” or the Big Master.

The natural place of the Maronites is finally in the heart of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are not outsiders to the mainstream church for our roots go back to Antioch, the city where the disciples of Christ were first called Christians.

Consequently, we have a flavor but we are not ethnic, we have a character but we are not a national church, we have spirituality but we are not a sect that is separated from our Holy Mother Church.
Let us encourage one another and participate more in the sacred Liturgy of our Maronite Church, in honor of our father Saint Maron. Let us secure the future of our church, which was always united by the acknowledgement of her apostolic roots and the commitment to her master and great Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, the conscience of the Maronites, according to the charisma of her Archetype who is Saint Maron, is the awareness of our mission to accomplish redemption and instill love in the world. We are the little flock who after many persecutions throughout history has learned to give ourselves in self-sacrifice for the sake of others, especially non-Christians. Today the Maronites have a special calling to be a bridge of knowledge, mutual respect and coexistence between East and West, between Christians, Jews, Muslims and all people of good will for the sake of peace and faith.

With this, the mission of every Maronite is to reinstall unity amongst Christians and to make peace in the world, using the spirit of poverty and pursuing the monastic values of community life made of meditations and love for the Holy Eucharist and for Our Lady the Mother of God, Our Lady of the Patriarchs, Our Lady of Divine Mercy.

Fr. Andre Y-Sebastian Mahanna, S.T.L.; S.L.L.
Feb 9- 2014

Comments  1-1
Notify me of follow-up comments via email
Verification Code:
Insert above code:


Copyright © 2013 St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church in Denver • Lakewood, CO • 720-833-0354 • Fax 720-833-0390