The Boston Pilot.com Vatican City, Aug 25, 2019 CNA The way to heaven is difficult and the gate to enter small, but Jesus’ Mother, Mary, who herself entered through the narrow gate, will help those who ask, Pope Francis said Sunday.
Mary was assumed into heaven in great glory … this is not the same as a narrow gate. Body and Soul she was assumed. She did not enter heaven as we may someday. I would like to ask … who does enter into heaven through the narrow gate? I never heard of a narrow gate into heaven. Please someone explain? Perhaps he means Purgatory? I Don’t think so!! And whatever ‘narrow gate’ Mary had to pass through on earth was done by her with all her will. She was “full of grace” due to the Will of God who created Her without Original Sin. She could have said “no” to any of the Fathers requests but she was so filled with grace that she probably never even thought of it. M.A.
“Mary can be invoked under the title ‘Gate of Heaven” he explained in his Angelus address August 25.
She welcomed Jesus with all her heart and followed him every day of her life, even when she did not understand, even when a sword pierced her soul.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is a “gate that exactly follows the form of Jesus, the gate of the heart of Jesus, demanding, but open to all, he said. “May the Virgin Mary help us in this?
A gate that follows the form of Jesus? The gate of the Heart of Jesus? Does the Pope mean ‘The Sacred Heart” as we understand it, and, as the Jesuits were requested by God through St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, to spread the devotion to it? M.A.
Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel passage from Luke, when someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
“This was a highly debated issue at the time, Francis said, and with his answer, Jesus turns the question ‘upside down'” Instead of focusing on the number of people who get to heaven, he speaks of the path to heaven, and how many will choose to follow it.
How does the Pope know this about Jesus turning the question upside down as “there were no tape recorders in the day of Jesus?” (according to a reported comment of Pope Merciful Francis) M.A.
Using the present tense, Jesus invites people to take personal responsibility, saying “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
Not a problem. They will simply be “annihilated” M.A.
With these words, Jesus makes it clear that it is not a question of numbers, there is no closed number in Paradise! But it is a question of going through the right passage, which is there, for everyone, but it is narrow.” Francis said.
He explained that Jesus does not deceive people, he does not say that the way to heaven is a big, beautiful highway with a large door at the end, to not worry.
“For us Christians, this means that we are called to establish a true communion with Jesus, praying, going to church, approaching the Sacraments and nourishing ourselves with His Word.” he explained.
We approach the Sacraments and we nourish ourselves with them. We LISTEN to the Word and hear it and try to live by it. M.A.
This keeps us in faith, nourishes our hope, revives charity” he continued. “And so, with the grace of God, we can and must spend our lives to the good of our brothers, fight against every form of evil and injustice.
Even homosexuality? Abortion? Even the injustice which the Pope himself shovels out against those Priests who remain traditional (or rigid as the Pope has called both Priests and people who remain rightly and with great difficulty in the cradle of Catholicism) M.A.
After the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about the ongoing fires in the Amazon, saying that “forest lung is vital to our planet.”
This above statement by Pope Francis opens a “wide door” for dialogue! M.A.
“We pray that, with everyone’s commitment, they may be tamed as soon as possible” he said.
The Pope is going on about the fires in the Amazon and he hopes that they will be tamed as soon as possible.. Preferably before early October 2019. M.A.
Francis also greeted the community of the Pontifical North American College (NAC) the American seminary in Rome, especially, he said, the new group of seminarians who arrived this month to begin their studies. U.S. seminarians studying at the NAC usually stay four to five years.
God bless you, dear seminarians, you will always be in our prayers. M.A.