The Narrow Gate

Which Road Shall We Take?

G.K Chesterton once said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Yet, what thing worth while is ever easy? The Christian ideal is indeed difficult, but very much so worth while. The Catholic faith and the Church is a treasure trove of Dogma, Doctrine and Tradition inspired by God and it gives us insight into what a holy and purposeful life truly is. There is, however, a catch. There is much to know and much to do and unfortunately many of us lack in that knowledge. We cannot love what we do not know and what we do not know is much. Through years and years of poor catechesis and formation, rare education on the Ten Commandments, beatitudes and Church teachings with a lack of proper discipline in and out of the confessional we have created a laity that is poorly informed and woefully uneducated in their great and rich faith. Indeed there is much for the lay faithful to learn. Truly, as we grow in knowledge we grow in love and when we grow in love we find things that were once laborious and difficult become less so. We must learn not only the truths of our faith, but also unlearn the lies that we have been fed by society. Our society is one that is filled with fallacies propped up as gospel. The things we are told to love and worship do not serve us, rather they serve to diminish our true natures, dehumanizing us and rendering us mere seekers of pleasure; they work to slowly eradicate our love and worship of God. Society would have us seek such pleasures to the point of exhaustion, but upon finding that “pleasure” we find that we are no more pleased that we were in the beginning. Thus, we sink into the depths of despair thinking how can we, when will we ever become truly happy? The good thing is the answer is simple and it comes directly from the mouth of our Lord, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 So we must ask ourselves, which road shall we take? Shall we take the low road, which is readily accessible, wide and easy, but leads to destruction or shall we take the high road which is narrow and difficult, but leads to life? On the outset the high road is difficult, but once one begins to not only love the end of one’s journey, but the journey itself the yoke becomes easy and the burden light. Join us as we look deeper into the scriptures and examine our faith. Join us as we take what we learn and know about our faith and apply it to our lives and to current events. Orate fratres, that our sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. God bless you.

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