Miracles Performed by Father Nimatullah Kassab Al-Hardini
During his life, Father Nimatullah
performed many miracles due to his deep spirituality, his high virtues
and his radiant soul that became united to its Creator through prayer.
"The Saint of Kfifan" had the charism of prophesy and hence became known
as "a man of vision." On one occasion when he was teaching his students
and facing a large wall outside the monastery of Kfifan, he had a sense
that the wall was suddenly going to fall. Thereupon, he asked his students
to move away just before the wall fell down, sparing all present from injury.
On another occasion, Father
Nimatullah was divinely made aware that the barn where the cows of the
monastery of Kfifan were kept was going to collapse on them (cows were
then considered to be vital assets of the monastery). Father Nimatullah
asked the monk in charge to change the place of the cows. At first the
monk hesitated, but Father Nimatullah insisted and urged him to do so.
After the cows were removed the roof of the barn collapsed and then none
of the cows were lost.
of the Altar-boy
On another occasion, Father
Nimatullah wanted to celebrate his daily mass but his usual altar-boy did
not arrive to church on time. Father Nimatullah then went to the boy's
room and asked him to get up and serve mass. The altar boy was not able
to because he had a high fever. Father Nimatullah then requested the boy
to stand up, whereupon he ordered the malady to "Leave him..." Immediately,
the boy was cured and he went and served Father Nimatullah's mass with
joy and liveliness.
Father Nimatullah once prayed
over and blessed the provisions' box (which contained wheat and other foodstuffs)
at the monastery of El-Kattara which was very short. After a little while
the box was filled and spilled over. Everyone was stunned and praised God
at what they saw.
While still alive his fellow
monks and the ordinary people who knew him considered Father Nimatullah
to be a saint. Often they would come asking him to pray for them and even
bless water to be used on their land and for their livestock. His presence
always imposed a special respect, reverence and solemnity.
After his death, God granted
many healings and miracles through the intercession of the "Saint of Kfifan."
One such healing was granted to an Orthodox blind man, Moussa Saliba, from
the town of Btegrin (El- Maten). Moussa Saliba visited Nimatullah's tomb,
praying and asking for his blessing. A deep sleep overcame Moussa Saliba,
and then Father Nimatullah appeared to him and healed his eyes, enabling
him to see clearly.
Another miracle occurred to
a Melkite Catholic man, Mickael Kfoury from the town Watta El- Mrouge .
An incurable illness was attacking both of his legs, which rendered them
dry, devoid of flesh, and twisted to the point of crippling him. His doctors
had abandoned all hope of a cure. Having heard of the miracles that Father
Nimatullah was performing this man decided to visit Father Nimatullah's
tomb in Kfifan and ask for his healing. He slept the night at the monastery,
and while he was in deep sleep an old monk appeared to him saying: "Stand
up and go and help the Monks carry in the grapes from the vineyard." He
immediately replied: "Don't you see me paralysed, how can I walk and carry
the grapes?" The Monk answered: "Take this pair of shoes, wear them and
walk." The sick man then took the shoes and tried to stretch out his right
leg, and to his surprise he was able to do so! He woke up and started to
feel both of his legs which were now full of blood and flesh, and after
he stood up he found himself totally healed.
These are a few examples of
Father Nimatullah's astonishing miracles. Father Nimatullah's life was
a miracle in itself. However, the greatest miracles performed by Father
Nimatullah are the many people who have returned back to God because of
his intercession and his way of life. This is especially so of many Monks
who, realising the full depth and richness of Father Nimatullah's example,
have determined to walk on the same path of loyalty to their Lord Jesus
Christ in order to be saved.