Monday, November 05, 2007


Well, dear ones, if there are any of you left out there, I wanted to let you know that I will be posting again to Sober Joy in the next few days.

Life has been hectic and full with the first semester at seminary. I have neglected writing because I wanted to get acclimated to our new surroundings and to observe a period of silence so I could foster a student's heart.

Not sure if I've succeeded, but I wanted to ask your continued prayers for Connie, little Alexandra, and myself as we approach our spiritual labors here at Holy Cross.

You may be surprised to learn that I have found Holy Cross to be a hotbed of spiritual growth opportunities! Filled with human persons, all struggling with their own failings and shortcomings, this environment is perfect for trampling down the foolish and childish notions of rose colored glasses.

Dealing with REALITY is the key to spiritual maturity and not allowing the Evil One to con us into falling into either ditch on either side of this "narrow road."

In any event, dear reader, I will attempt to send you regular updates from these "front lines" of my own war with selfishness and the passions. Consider them "postcards from the battle" and don't expect too much wisdom but do pray for this struggling student.

Who knows, perhaps he will turn and have mercy. I have known Him to do that very thing.

Barnabas (by the way, I'm the one in the shiny robe with the beard in front! I'm in front of the chapel with two former police officers in my class, John Ferlakas and Jim Kiritsis)


David Bryan said...

God bless. Eric Michael has spoken highly of you. Good to know things are going well.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you made it to Holy Cross! I pray that you have a very meaningful first semester. I look forward to hearing how things are going. Joe R

Barnabas Powell said...

Thanks Gentlemen.

School is a challenge to anyone but when you've been out of school for as long as I have, well, let's just say that the gray matter is diminishing as fast as the hairs on my head!

But, I've met men here who will be my friends for the rest of my life and I am actually moving ever so slowly toward a Christian life.

I look forward to hearing your reflections of my rants.

Silverback said...

Hi Barnabas - grace and peace to you my brother.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say welcome back to the blogging word. I for one have missed you. :)

unalmas said...

Hi there! It's Michelle - I met you in Houston a few years ago by myself, as Jim was out of town.

He pointed me to this blog and I notice that you're going to Holy Cross - I'm living near Boston with my new husband and young daughter. Could I perhaps convince you to meet for a hug and a chat sometime? It would be wonderful to see you.

Much love,


Barnabas Powell said...


Great to hear from you. Thanks for the note.


Barnabas Powell said...


What a joy! So you're in Boston. Well, of course we can get together. I'd love for you to meet my dear wife and daughter.

We are off to Florida today for the thanksgiving holidays, but will be back soon.

Email me at and let's reconnect.