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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516
Brother Estephan and Lehfed
published 31 August 2010 by Corpus Christi Watershed

[ Related: FIRE IN DAMASCUS ] A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Lehfed, a beautiful village near Byblos where Brother Estephan Nehmé lived. Camil Saadé, who is the choir director at St. Anthony’s Maronite Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts was in town and generous enough to take me around. I was immediately struck by the steep slopes, cliffs and mountainous terrain that this beautiful town is nestled into. And like many Maronite villages, it has an impressively high Church to inhabitant ration. Religion, like in much of Lebanon, was and is a huge part of daily life.

Camil told me many stories, including one about a group of villagers that were resisting an unjust tax. Government solders cornered them at a cliff, and all the villagers lept off the cliff. Furthermore, many important Patriarchs and politicians came from Lehfed. But perhaps the most interesting of all was Brother Estephan. I won’t make you read about it, however, when I can show it to you. Please enjoy this short video that I made. I’m ESPECIALLY proud to include a recording Camil and I made of Perla Nehme, a rising young talented singer from Lehfed who sang at the beautification. Perla’s voice is simply remarkable, folks. Watch and listen to the story of Lehfed and Brother Estephan:


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