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Melto D’Moronoyo: The hidden saints serving a God who sees

By Salwa Elias It is a great blessing to know that among the mountains and cedars of Lebanon are the hidden and unseen warriors of...

Melto D’Mororoyo: Marian devotion through Maronite hymns

By John Paul Laba “In tradition it is said: The apostles heard a call, to return, from East and West, to the Virgin Mary’s side…”...

Melto D’ Moronoyo: Lessons we learn from Maronite saints

The relics of famous Maronite saints are currently touring Australia. What can we learn from these holy men and women of God?

Melto D’Moronoyo: Faith, fortitude and the Maronite identity

Some of my earliest memories are of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harris Park, where I would attend 9:30am English-language Mass with my family every Sunday, Fersan Al Adra (parish ministry for school aged children which translates to “Knights of Mary”) every Saturday, and visit for a quick prayer every morning before school, where staff and students were predominantly Maronite.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Jesus is alive in our suffering

Whether miniscule or massive, hardships we encounter in our lives can trigger a cycle of doubt, anxiety, and loneliness. We can convince ourselves that we lack the graces required to ask God for help, or deem ourselves unworthy of aid.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Maronites are made by devotion to Mary

A strong devotion to the Virgin Mary is stamped on each Maronite soul. In Lebanon, home to the Maronites for centuries, its glorious cedars have been honoured with comparisons to Our Lady’s strength and beauty.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Love unites and perfects everything in us

Goodness, truth, and beauty are joined to our souls through the uniting power of love: that is its fruit. Love is a divine impulse. It comes from God in its perfect form, and as it reaches us, draws us higher, uniting us to all which is united with God (and so frees us from all which is separated from him).

Melto D’Moronoyo: Goodness, truth and beauty are all paths to the...

We all have a yearning in our hearts to be united with God. Whatever we may own or enjoy in this world, to be joined with God exceeds them all. No one who seeks God has to feel that they are missing out on the least thing, or are settling for second prize.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Mary teaches us to wait

“Who can fully comprehend God as Holy Trinity? So great is this mystery far beyond our scrutiny!” We sing these words in the entrance hymn of the Divine Liturgy of the second Sunday of Pentecost, the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Set aflame with purpose on Pentecost

We have entered the season of Pentecost, the time of the Holy Spirit that comes alive in us and awakens us to our deeper sense of being in the world and to our ongoing relationship with God. In our Maronite Church Pentecost spans 16 weeks. It is the longest season in the calendar and rightfully so, as Pentecost bursts onto the scene 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Our Lady of the harvest

For modern Catholics running businesses or working in offices, the feast of Our Lady of the harvest might seem like an agricultural celebration from a previous time. Thought to originate from pagan agricultural feasts where people would make sacrifices to fertility deities for a good crop, the feast is one of three Maronite Marian feasts: 15 January for the seeds, 15 May for the wheat harvest, and 15 August for the grapes.

Melto D’Moronoyo: It is possible to become pure of heart and...

“Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). It must, then, be possible to became pure of heart and thus to see God. Perhaps we can say that to be “pure in heart” means that internally we have regained the original state of cleanness, openness, and innocence which we were intended to have.
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