Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Narrow Gate

Virgin of Sorrows by Albrecht Durer
"Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!" ~Matthew 7:13-14
How often we have heard these beautiful words of our Lord. How often we have heard that true devotion of Mary is the fastest, more sure, safest way to become closer to God? We need to turn to Mary, give her all of our selves, sparing nothing and place within her Immaculate Heart all our spiritual and temporal needs. It is within this sacred vessel that we shall oneday break upon the shores of salvation.
Dear Blessed Mother, I ask, wilt thou be for me
and my family the Narrow Gate which leads to Heaven?

Mary, Mother of Sorrows, Mother of God, be our salvation!

O Mater Dolorosa ~ Ora Pro Nobis! Amen+

1 comment:

Cleghornboy said...

What an important post. Our Lady: Gate to Heaven. We pray with the Church:

"Hail, thou Star of ocean!
Portal of the sky!
Ever Virgin Mother of the Lord Most High!

Oh! by Gabriel's Ave, utter'd long ago,
Eva's name reversing, establish peace below.

Break the captives' fetters; light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling, every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother; offer Him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate did not thee despise.

Virgin of all virgins! to thy shelter take us:
Gentlest of the gentle! Chaste and gentle make us.

Still, as on we journey, help our weak endeavour,
till with thee and Jesus we rejoice for ever.

Through the highest heaven, to the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit, One same glory be.