May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened. . . Ephesians 1:18

Gates and doors hold fascination for many of us. They signify both opening and shutting, receptivity and close-mindedness, a kind of paradox that carries with it personal history that we may simultaneously love and hate. We read in the Scripture that “the gate (to holiness?) is narrow,” and that few will enter it. But what can this mean? Who makes the gate narrow and hard to enter? Perhaps we have locked the door of our hearts and made it so.  Mary, called the “Gate of Heaven,” holds the key to this mystery. A simple path, a faithful resolve, a mindful way of living breaks down the barriers of our own making. Heaven is  then only a “yes” away.