The Narrow Gate Blog

Reflections about faith, life, struggles, and our hope for our ultimate home, Heaven. But the only way through, is via the Narrow Gate.

To Love is to be Vulnerable

To Love is to be Vulnerable

This article first appeared at: fireupministries.com The one thing we all want, without question, is to be loved by others. Sadly, we assume that we get the love we want by working super hard to hide our flaws and weaknesses from others so that they won’t be repulsed...

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Making Our House a Home

Making Our House a Home

This article first appeared at: stpaulcenter.com The description of a Godly woman in Proverbs provides a table of contents for a topical Bible study for women using a wide range of Scripture.  My first study, Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage,...

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They Called Me “Nuke”

They Called Me “Nuke”

This article first appeared at: spiritualdirection.com My co-workers at the large Christian Apostolate where I worked as Director of Strategy Development used to call me “Nuke.” That’s because I was always one irritation away from going off, raining emotional shrapnel...

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Embracing the Commitment of Marriage

Embracing the Commitment of Marriage

This article first appeared at: stpaulcentre.com When a man and a woman discern the vocation of marriage, they move from a private promise to each other—I am my beloved’s, and he is mine—to a public engagement. They approach the Church, at least six months before...

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Distinguishing Heresy from Schism

Distinguishing Heresy from Schism

This article first appeared at: stpaulcentre.com So what is the difference between a heretic and a schismatic? St. Optatus, another of the great African Christian writers, wrote a surprisingly polite argument against a Donatist named Parmenian, in which he makes the...

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When Were the Gospels Written?

When Were the Gospels Written?

This article first appeared at: stpaulcentre.com Modern scholarship tends to date Mark’s Gospel around A.D. 70-75, Matthew around 75, Luke around 80-90, and John around 90-100. In part, these dates rest on the assumption that Mark’s Gospel was written first—a view...

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The Eucharist and the Apocalypse

The Eucharist and the Apocalypse

This article first appeared at: catholic.com The (Catholic) Eucharist appears in a striking and mystical way in the book of Revelation. On Easter morning, two disciples of Jesus are on their way from Jerusalem back to Emmaus. They might be husband and...

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What do “Soulmates” and Santa Claus have in common?

What do “Soulmates” and Santa Claus have in common?

This article first appeared at: chastity.com When my parents broke the news to me that Santa Claus didn’t exist, I stormed out of the room, blurting, “I don’t even want to know about the Easter Bunny!” Although the news was devastating at the time, I found solace in...

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