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

Advent with Mary: “In Haste”

Advent with Mary: “In Haste”

Two words about Mary from the Bible describe most of our lives in December: “in haste.”

We run in haste to the mall, post office, grocery store. In haste, we rush to the office parties and pageants. We pack the bags, pack the car or race to get the house clean and ready. There are only 24 days left to fit everything in, so all must be done with haste. While the month of December has moments of joy, for many, words like “stressed” and “overwhelmed” more adequately describe the norm.

But if there was ever a woman who had an excuse for feeling overwhelmed and needing to be “in haste” in the days leading up to Christ’s birth, it would be Mary.

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Bl. Miguel Pro: Anti-Fascist Martyr

Bl. Miguel Pro: Anti-Fascist Martyr

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?

It’s the truth that in Jesus God keeps the promise He made to David of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth”

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Death is Not the End

Death is Not the End

In death, the divide between hope and fear is unbridgeable. Each of the waiting dead knows what will happen to them at the time of the Final Judgment. They know if their body will be resurrected to death or to life. Those who hope, hope with certainty. Those who fear, fear with equal certainty. They all know what they freely chose in life—heaven or hell—and they know the time for making another choice has passed. Christ the Judge has pronounced their fate, and that fate is sealed.  

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The Narrow Gate: Are You Sure You Know About Purgatory?

The Narrow Gate: Are You Sure You Know About Purgatory?

When it comes to the most misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church, purgatory probably ranks at the top. Often, these misunderstandings are manifested in what everyday folks say about purgatory.

Let’s consider some of these catchphrases here.

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The Narrow Gate: Don’t Fall for Politicising the Bible

The Narrow Gate: Don’t Fall for Politicising the Bible

Why should anyone worry about the history of Scripture scholarship, especially reaching all the way back to the early fourteenth century?

The simple answer is that our peculiar situation today—in which priests, preachers, and people in the pews study the Bible as the inspired Word of God and academic Scripture scholars in universities study the Bible as an ancient book of mythology—is the result of the history of Scripture scholarship. We are searching for the reasons for this Great Divide, and that means searching for its ultimate origins.

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The Narrow Gate: The Powerful Battle Plan to Bring Family & Friends Back to Church

The Narrow Gate: The Powerful Battle Plan to Bring Family & Friends Back to Church

If I had a nickel for every time I’m approached at a speaking event or via email by someone lamenting their spouse, children, or friends who have left the Church…well, let’s just say I’d have a lot of nickels.It’s heartbreaking.

All of us know someone who has left the faith (or never fully grasped it to begin with). They walk away from the very source of eternal life and we’re beside ourselves as to what to do.

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The Narrow Gate: “The Rosary is Hard!” – 5 Keys to Get Started

The Narrow Gate: “The Rosary is Hard!” – 5 Keys to Get Started

Many great popes, saints, and Christian leaders have exhorted us to pray the rosary. It’s a powerful prayer, they say, one that can change your life, strengthen the family, bring peace to the world, convert entire nations, and win the salvation of souls.
But does the average person experience the rosary this way?

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