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[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Friday, August 11, 2017

POEM: Narrow is the Road

POEM:  Narrow is the Road
By:  Eric Gajewski
Matthew 7:14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!
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 The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane. In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.
 - St. John of the Cross

Be simple, Be empty

Ready art the hearts, so few

That you might not no longer “look”

But with inner eyes opened see

For amongst the modern men of self

Who wouldst dare to embrace brother poverty?

And Wisdom replieth,

“It is the man who follows the Gospel carefully”

For His eyes as an eagle searcheth for the needle’s own

And the truth in his speech is heard clearly

For Narrow is Love’s Road

And Wide is Hell’s Abode (Mt 7:13)

Which rejects His Sacred Heart’s Endless Mercy

To you who have an End

Hidden is my friend, this inward ascending Ladder

And as with each step a deeper Fire absorbs

And the devils only get madder

For a Path shall be there (Is. 35:8)

An inward peaceful blue sky

For this unseen air hast been prepared

For those that truly love Him

O’ Exclusive is this Door (Lk 13:23-25) to the Fortress

Which is opened only by prayer

Where within can be heard on high an angelic chorus

Where within along these dogmatic Walls

Are found the Saints portraits

I enter therein,

Where Our Lady takes thee by the hand

Who is seen in gentleness

Which is written uponst her face so gorgeous

For Narrow is Love’s Road

Which is soflty laced with the falling snow

For Purity points out to the hopeless which way to go

So few who follow her on Calvary’s long “lost” path

Which can only take a soul Home

And who can call this road their own?

Wisdom replieth “Only those, who, do not, of this world, know…

Nay, only those humble and low…”

For this Way “hugs” tightly against Love’s Mountain

It is seen on the Face of Our Beloved

For few are they who find this inward Fountain

Which stream from His Sacred Heart as Living Water

Yea, have ye courage and be ye brave

Let Faith and Hope guide

Fear not the night and embrace the day

For the soul’s journey is long and harsh

And those who abandon the Way

Fall off into the Abyss below

For Straight is the Way and Narrow is this Road

Take ye nothing with you but thy heart

For on this path “to acquire is to lose” and “to lose is to gain”

Trust not thyself; lean not upon thy own understanding

For the stiff-necked end in self's hell, unable to pay that which is owed

Whilst the Elect End in the Presence of Him standing

For Narrow is Love’s Road….

Isaiah 35:8 And a path and a way shall be there, and it shall be called the holy way: the unclean shall not pass over it, and this shall be unto you a straight way, so that fools shall not err therein.

If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.
- Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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