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.

The Narrow Gate: The Real Mary of the Nativity

The Narrow Gate: The Real Mary of the Nativity

I don’t know if it is true, but someone said to me recently that children who play the roles of Mary or Joseph in nativity plays possess better than average outcomes later in life. As I say, the evidence may not be cast in iron. Nonetheless, children the world over are playing these roles in community and school plays in the lead up to Christmas.

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The Narrow Gate: 2019 Year in Review

The Narrow Gate: 2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in review, Advent, Achievements, Learnings, Whats next in 2020?What a year it has been! Here we are in the final month of 2019 in the season of Advent. As I look at where we are and what has been achieved this year I can't help but feel so grateful to God...

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The Narrow Gate: Why Shepherds?

The Narrow Gate: Why Shepherds?

I don’t know if it is true, but someone said to me recently that children who play the roles of Mary or Joseph in nativity plays possess better than average outcomes later in life. As I say, the evidence may not be cast in iron. Nonetheless, children the world over are playing these roles in community and school plays in the lead up to Christmas.

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The Narrow Gate: Radiating the Culture of Life

The Narrow Gate: Radiating the Culture of Life

There is no question but that this has been a difficult year for the Australian Catholic Church. Debates around the seal of the confessional and religious freedom, the ongoing troubles concerning Cardinal Pell, the decriminalising of abortion in New South Wales: each of these has hit us with a blow that has left us reeling, and from which we are yet to come back.

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The Narrow Gate: Jesus is King

The Narrow Gate: Jesus is King

By naming his top-of-the-chart album Jesus is King, patron saint of the present moment, Kanye West, was making a personal statement about authority.

In Kanye’s life, there is one ruler, Jesus.

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The Narrow Gate: In Solidarity with the Holy Souls

The Narrow Gate: In Solidarity with the Holy Souls

In Solidarity with the Holy Souls

When I was 10 years old, my family befriended a retired gentleman. An early retiree, he volunteered virtually full time at his parish where my mum was housekeeper.

Salt of the earth, he wore a jacket and tie every day, and one of those hats you see civilian men wearing in World War II-era photos.

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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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