The 'narrow gate'
Jesus' words in Holy Scripture...
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." (Our
Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 7:13-14)
him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?' He [Jesus] answered them, 'Strive
to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.'" (Lk. 13:23-24)
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account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be
saved." (Sr. Lucy of Fatima)
of the Elect is so small - so small - that were we to know how small it is, we
should faint away with grief" (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)
"For as in
earthly life the departure from right is exceeding broad, so he who goes out of
the path which leads to the kingdom of heaven, finds himself in a vast extent of
error. But the right way is narrow, the slightest turning aside being full of
danger, whether to the right or to the left, as on a bridge, where he who slips
on either side is thrown into the river." (St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the
the words, for they have an especial force, many walk in the broad way few find
the narrow way. For the broad way needs no search, and is not found, but
presents itself readily; it is the way of all who go astray. Whereas the narrow
way neither do all find, nor when they have found, do they straightway walk
therein. Many, after they have found the way of truth, caught by the pleasures
of the world, desert midway." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)
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