Literal translation of what is written on this card (in the Lebanese dialect and in Arabic):
“If you want to be saved easily, worship the Virgin Mary
she is mighty to save whoever worships her”.
— Words of Saint Charbel
The first hundredth jubilee
of the death of Saint Charbel
The Maronites are eastern Roman Catholics. St. Charbel can be considered the most important Maronite “Saint” after St. Maroun, and in the heart and practice of many Maronites he is even more important than St. Maroun.
Concerning the canonization of Charbel, I quote from wikipedia:
“In 1954, Pope Pius XII signed a decree accepting a proposal for the beatification of Charbel Makhlouf, the hermit. On December 5, 1965, Pope Paul VI officiated at the ceremony of the beatification of Father Sharbel during the closing of the Second Vatican Council. In 1976, Pope Paul VI signed a decree of canonization of Blessed Charbel. That canonization took place in the Vatican on October 9, 1977.”
The canonization of St. Charbel by the Roman Catholic Pope means that, according to the Roman Catholic “Church”, St. Charbel had an exemplary life in doctrine and in practice. In the light of this, the above statement that is attributed to St. Charbel is very important and dangerous! Whenever a Roman Catholic is faced with some clear examples of worship having as object the Virgin Mary, his typical answer is: “We don’t worship Mary! We venerate and honor her only!” Well, St. Charbel calls people to worship her… And whenever we bring clear passages from the Scripture that teach us that Salvation is by Christ alone and that there is Salvation in no one else (cf. passages like John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 John 2:1-2, etc…), the typical answer of the Roman Catholic is that the Roman Catholic “Church” does not teach that Mary can save anyone, and that those bad “Protestants” are trying to defame the otherwise “clean” reputation of the “Catholic Church” (as he calls it)… Well, St. Charbel says that Mary is mighty to save all those who worship her… Besides this, according to Charbel Mary is able to save her worshipers more “easily”, as if the Salvation of Jesus Christ is a big burden, and as if there are some hard and easy ways of Salvation, and man can choose any optional way according to his taste…
Now, this card is distributed in all Maronite bookshops that have the approval of the Maronite religious authorities. Therefore, the Roman Catholics are called to choose from the following options or possibilities:
– St. Charbel is not a Saint. If this is the case, then they should explain to us why the Pope made the error of canonizing him as Saint, having in mind that one of the Roman Catholic heretical teachings is that the Pope is infallible in such cases…
– St. Charbel is a Saint, but he never said the above statement. If this is the case, then we call the Roman Catholic and Maronite authorities to explain to us why they still give permission to distribute this card, especially in their own bookshops and worship places.
– To admit that the Roman Catholic heresy in fact teaches them to worship Mary and to rely on her for the Salvation of their souls instead of Jesus Christ alone, and that they were previously trying to avoid admitting this. Thus, they should repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their ONLY Lord and Savior and begin to worship God alone as Jesus Himself said: “For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” (Matthew 4:10)
Of course, we don’t expect an honest answer from a self-righteous hypocrite, but we do expect such an answer from those who are honest and really want to do God’s Will.
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ