Do you believe in miracles in this age? I sure do.
A little history of St. Sharbel. He was a Maronite monk from Lebanon. He was born on May 8, 1859 and died on December 24, 1898. After Sharbel’s death, a light began to shine from his grave attracting local villagers. Healing miracles began to take place. Four months after his death, his body was exhumed and found uncorrupted and floating in the water. His body remained uncorrupted, sweating blood and fluid until the day of his beatification, December 5, 1965. Miracles are occurring through the intercession of Saint Sharbel to this day. In fact, if you Google “Miracles of Saint Sharbel”, you would find over 300 miracles attributed to him.
Sister Maria Abdel Kamari, just one of the miracles of Saint Charbel.
More recently, in 1992, some of Charbel’s “miracles” reached the Western press. Swedish newspapers and the British daily The Guardian carried the story of 15-year-old Samira Hannoch, who reported having a vision of Charbel at her home near Stockholm. Since then, oil has been spilled from a portrait of Charbel and has been associated with a number of healings. His final resting place and sanctuary is in Lebanon.
Now fast forward to St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several weeks ago, the statute of Saint Sharbel, after the mass celebrated by two Spanish priests, several people noticed that the statue had begun to bleed “oil” from the head, chest and palms of the hands.
Personally, I had the opportunity to visit the mission a few weeks ago and witnessed that the statute was, in fact, “bleeding oil.” A truly remarkable but inexplicable phenomenon. This is not a hoax, but a reality, and has seen hundreds of people say their prayers in front of the statue.
The Knights of Columbus has protected the statute 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as more and more people visited the statue and surely someone had to protect it from theft or vandelism. The statute has since been moved to the parish hall and locked with a lockable plexiglass glass box for safety and protection of the public.
For those who wish to visit the statute, contact St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church at 10325 Rancho Destino Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, and see and form your own opinion on this miracle.