Please join me in a Hail Mary for the Schmidt family…
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed if the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
May Jim’s soul and the soul’s of all the just – through the Mercy of God – rest in peace. Amen.
“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”
It may seem like a “lazy” post this morning, but please take the time to read the hyperlink that is a reflection on what it means to enter through the narrow gate. This is a beautiful reflection written by Cecil Maranville (of the United Church of Christ). I will warn you that Mr. Maranville at one point strays from one of the true traditions of the Catholic faith, but consider this a challenge to see if you notice what that is. Nevertheless, this again is a beautiful reflection on what it means to “pass through the narrow gate”.
Do something great for our Lord today – pray for those who have wandered onto the wide path, the smooth path of life, one that promises everything now. Pray for their conversion back to faith. Pray for my strength to forge ahead on the journey down this narrow path, pray that I can lead my wife and children with me. Isn’t that my role as a husband and father?
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus I trust in You.