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How to Enter the Narrow Gate


The first thing should be that God is present in our life. 

baptistjjkThe sums of human life don't work out if God is left out: all that remains then is nothing but contradiction.  So we mustn't just believe in some theoretical way that God exists: we must consider him to be the most important and real thing in our life.  As Scripture says, he must penetrate every layer of our life and fill it completely: our heart must know about him and let itself be moved by him; our soul; the power of our will and decision; our intelligence.  He must be everywhere.  And our fundamental attitude towards him, our fundamental relationship to him, must be called love.

Often this can be very difficult…. Often assent to God seems almost impossible.  But those who abandon themselves to this rebellion poison their lives.  The poison of negation, of anger against God and against the world, eats them away from within.  But God wants from us as it were a down-payment of trust.  He says to us: "I know you don't understand me yet.  But trust me: believe me when I tell you I am good and dare to live on the basis of this trust.  Then you will discover that behind your suffering, behind the difficulties of your life, a love is hiding.  Then you will know that precisely in this way I have done something good for you." There are many examples of saints and great people who have dared to have this trust and who have thus found true happiness — for themselves and for many others — precisely in the greatest darkness.



benedictPope Benedict XVI. "How to Enter the Narrow Gate." from The Yes of Jesus Christ: Exercises in Faith, Hope and Love. (New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991).

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The Author

Benedict73smBenedict72Pope Benedict XVI is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, Vol II, Jesus of Nazareth, Vol I, Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi, God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est,The End of Time?: The Provocation of Talking about God, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the Millennium, God and the World: Believing and Living in Our Time, In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, The Spirit of the Liturgy, The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church, Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Introduction to Christianity, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, Behold the Pierced One, and God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

Copyright © 1991 The Crossroad Publishing Company
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