Why is the Gate Narrow that Leads to Life?

Odds are you didn’t get to see this on my Twitter feed (thank you algorithm!), but it was a pretty substantial and relevant post that I wanted to make a permanent part of my body of work here on the blog. It’s a short one, as it was only meant to go on Twitter.

What can we learn from these words of Our Lord?

“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.”

Truth doesn’t have variations. The Truth is one thing, not various optional things. It has a high standard and is often hard for people to find and give assent to.

Lies—deviations from Truth—are numerous. Lies have stages, shades, and gradients. Where there is one Truth, there are countless stages of deviations from it (Lies). Truth is like a giant target that looks very small from far away. And so it’s hard to hit. But lies are the area around the target. Lies are easy to hit. Lies mimic the Truth, and people will often settle for those easy-to-hit imposters; they will accept them as the Truth because they seem “true enough.”

Few find the road to holiness because there’s only one of them, and it has a high standard. Many are on the road to damnation because it’s so vast (many lies, one Truth), and it’s easier to find and easier to walk.

Be careful never to underestimate the seductive power of lies. They often masquerade very convincingly as the Truth. Catholics are not immune to their seduction. Think well, pray often, and follow the Church always.

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