Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Sharbel Makhluf. He was born in 1828 in Lebanon and as a young man became a monk and a priest in the Maronite Catholic Rite. He was a prayerful man and very kind to the people he served. For the last 23 years of his life he was a hermit, known for his holiness.
In these days of COVID-19, with social distancing and voluntary isolation, we, like Saint Sharbel, can feel like hermits, although in our case not out of choice. Let’s use some of the solitary time we are experiencing to reflect on what God might be inviting us to in this “hermit life” we are living out. We might be surprised at what comes to the surface.