The Narrow Gate
The Narrow Gate: The Holy Spirit Comes in Power

The Narrow Gate: The Holy Spirit Comes in Power

“A church that understands itself as possessing the fullness of the means of grace must yearn for the fullness of the manifestation of that grace.”

I found this to be a rather challenging statement by Sherry Weddell in her book Forming Intentional Disciples. It is challenging because many of our parishes seem to have accepted a lack of manifestation of that grace, rather than its fullness, as the normal way of being.

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The Narrow Gate: My First Pilgrimage Experience

The Narrow Gate: My First Pilgrimage Experience

Last month I was privileged enough to be on a two week pilgrimage with Deacon Harold Burke – Sivers and Harvest Journeys to Portugal, Spain and France. This was the first pilgrimage not just for me but also for Parousia as we have launched the first of hopefully many pilgrimages in conjunction with harvest journeys.

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The Narrow Gate: I Am Alive Because My Mother Chose Life

The Narrow Gate: I Am Alive Because My Mother Chose Life

There is a very special reason why I am alive and also why I was named Charbel. About halfway through my mother’s pregnancy, she bled heavily for about a week. Naturally, she became very worried and went to her doctor. The outcome of that visit was that her doctor made it very clear to her that the bleeding was not good for the viability of the pregnancy and that the baby, me, would have less than a 5% chance of surviving.

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