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.

The Narrow Gate – Time for Hope

The Narrow Gate – Time for Hope

Last week I rang my local NSW State member of the Legislative Assembly to leave a message. Since he had been reported in local media as being committed to voting against a proposed abortion bill, I wanted to thank him and urge him to stay strong amidst the inevitable attacks that would assail his resolve.

The Narrow Gate – Sin is Our Business

The Narrow Gate – Sin is Our Business

Recently, I heard a priest addressing a large audience composed almost entirely of priests on the topic of the sacrament of Penance. He began his presentation, saying, ‘Sin is our (priests’) business.’

‘Our job,’ to lightly paraphrase, ‘is to reconcile sinners to God.’

The Narrow Gate: The First Priest I Ever Knew

The Narrow Gate: The First Priest I Ever Knew

The first priest I ever knew was Fr John Scarborough. He had already left deep impressions prior to this meeting. At this time he was on the verge of retirement and, though a towering figure, at least to me, he was always ready with a warm laugh, forever smiling, and the truest of gentle men.

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