The Narrow Gate: Introduction

Guest contributor:   Ed Trego

We live in a society that is dependent on rapid transportation. Automobiles, trains, and airplanes carry us all over the world. If given the opportunity, we will almost always chose the fastest and easiest route to our destination.

Unfortunately we also tend to look for the path to heaven in the same manner. We want the high-speed eight lane interstate highway, not the two lane dirt road. However, if we believe what Jesus tells us, the highway may be the way to ruin and damnation. The dirt road, though more difficult to travel, may very well be the most direct route to heaven.

In Matthew, chapter seven, Jesus told his disciples that they would have to enter via the narrow gate. The wide, easily entered gate is the way to destruction. He also admonished them that the way that leads to life is hard and those who find it are few. That admonition is as applicable to us today as it was to the people of Jesus’ time. The way to God may not be easy, but it is well worth the journey.

My earlier book, Thoughts of God, focused primarily on the spiritual. This time I’ve tried to look more at the practical. Our society is on a road to destruction and we need to be aware of that fact in order to change our direction. God and faith have been pushed aside and are continuing to be removed from the public square. We must not allow our Christianity and our faith to be limited to our Churches and homes. Jesus told his apostles to “make disciples of all nations”. We too have that mission. It can’t be accomplished from behind closed doors.

Find the narrow gate and prayer for the courage and strength to enter through it. Share your faith with others that they too may find their way to heaven. May God bless you, protect you from evil, and lead you to eternal life.

Scriptural references in this book are taken from the Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible.


The above text is the Introduction from Ed Trego’s new eBook The Narrow Gate:

  1. The Narrow Gate
  2. Children of God
  3. Childlike Faith
  4. A Well Formed Conscience
  5. The Spirit Within
  6. The Potter and the Vase
  7. Seeking God’s Help
  8. Make Disciples of All Nations
  9. Believing Christ
  10. Christian Strength
  11. A Spiritual Relationship
  12. Against Evil
  13. Trust In God
  14. The Garden of Gethsemane
  15. Simplicity of Faith

This book will appear exclusively here on Convert Journal over the next 18 months, at a rate of 1 chapter (more or less) per month.

Why wait? Show Ed your support and enjoy the convenience of the eBook format. The Narrow Gate is available NOW for only $1.99 on Amazon and Smashwords. It will also be available soon from many additional fine publishers.

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #144)

This week: Nancy Pelosi presents the hard-hitting facts of the Hobby Lobby decision (and of course, gets it completely wrong). Steve Ray is asked if he is saved. The Chosen faith formation program. EWTN offers an excellent alternative to biased evening news programs. An ex-terrorist places blame for the Palestinian / Israeli conflict. Input on the administration’s carefully crafted border crisis from Chicagoans. Bill Whittle also takes a look at illegal immigrants and history.

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Nancy Pelosi speaks about the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. As usual, few truthful words are manifested. Same ole same ole, easily addressed by Megyn Kelly:

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Last December I wrote about the question Are you saved?. Steve Ray talks about a friendly dinner party “ambush” where he is asked this.

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I recently posted one of my Resources pieces on the excellent Ascension Press Chosen faith formation courses. In future weeks, individual preview videos will be featured here. To give you a flavor, here is Chris Stefanick with an overview of the program:

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I have written often about biased news reporting. It is blatantly so and frequently anti-Catholic. EWTN (with the support of the Knights of Columbus) launched News Nightly last September and it is very good. This half-hour program is broadcast weekdays (6pm, 9pm and 2am ET for me; check your local EWTN schedule).

If you still enjoy paying for cable, EWTN may be one of your channels (or at least available channels).

If you “cut the cable” like me, watch it free online or via the free EWTN mobile apps. If you use a Roku box to receive Netflix or Hulu+ (or a zillion other things) on your TV, EWTN is available as a free channel.

All of these free means of watching EWTN live also offer archived copies of the show. It is similarly available on YouTube (this link works nicely). I watch the most recent archived version on YouTube at my convenience via my Google Chromecast. For example, here is a recent show:

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Who causes the Palestinian / Jewish turmoil? Not Israel and not Palestinians (at least directly). It is Hamas. Much of the Arab world admits this. Here an Egyptian doctor (and terrorist in his youth) explains:

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Residents from the southside of Chicago weigh-in on the administration’s manufactured border crisis and the president’s related and extravagant spending proposals:

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Bill Whittle looks at that carefully engineered border crisis and finds some parallels in history:


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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Resources: Chosen courses

We fail to reach too many children with outdated and boring catechetical programs. This is beginning to change with excellent programs from publishers like Ascension Press. Their Chosen offering is outstanding. It is available in two 24 lesson formats, one for faith formation and a modified version for confirmation preparation.

While both are targeted at teens, the faith formation series can also be used in any setting people are learning or refreshing their knowledge of the faith. That could be classes welcoming people back, RCIA, parish rediscovering classes or even religious education.

These lessons are exciting, fast-paced and include excellent videos from some of the best young apologists out there. Here, Chris Stefanick (whose videos I often feature in my 7 Quick Takes Friday posts) introduces the program:

The course also has a boat-load of heavy-hitter endorsements, including bishops:

This is more of a parish resource than a personal one. That is, it is probably something that you individually will not buy but is perfect for your parish. Talk to your Religious Education director or pastor about this. Send them the URL for this program: http://ConfirmationStudy.com/. There they will also find previews of the program’s exceptional videos. Watch these videos to see how they will appeal to young folks. They will appeal to you too!

Chosen Introduction

What are you looking for? (Chris Stefanick)

What Happens at Mass? (Brian Butler)

The Problem of Suffering (Fr. Mark Toups)

The Symbols of Baptism (Sarah Swafford)

Where Am I Going? (Chris Stefanick)

“Are you talking to me?” (Jackie Francois)

The Power of Confession (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

What Happens at Confirmation? (Chris Stefanick)

What is a Sacrament? (Sr. Maris Stella)

What is Marriage? (Jason Evert)

How Do I Build Virtue? (Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers)

The Beatitudes (Mary Ann Wiesinger)

Building the Kingdom (Chris Padgett)

This is the new evangelization.

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #143)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is ready and calling you. NOW adds The Little Sisters of the Poor to their Dirty 100 list. The adult life of one downs syndrome man. A pro-abortion representative speaks frankly with those supporting life. Dinesh D’Souza’s America is in theaters now and has been very well received by audiences. Costco fashions a yarn explaining why their (solidly liberal) management initially removed the best selling (now #1) book of the same name. Costco’s executives are amateurs compared to the whale of a story being told by the IRS.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #19, July 2014, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from June. This month brought these great topics: seek Him, holy events, infant spirit, mystical songs, real truth, what you do, Esheth Yahil, ABC disasters, still en route, one body, several things, bird day, of the winds, discussing sex, phileo and agape, Italy lessons, love song, evolving world, make symbols, awesome stories, the path, God inside, religious liberty, evangelization, beginning again, rock and net, ember week, transitions, sharing steps, Lord’s day, procession, grieving, Ignatian way, justification, first martyrs, outward sign, Catholic sex, daily joy, perspective, prayer pillar, presence, Samson, thirst, the mandate, sacraments, lifeguard, David’s tears, piety, barnyard analogy, our heroes, lucky penny, good advice, rhythm, praying, enchanted, opening doors, Sacred Heart, silence, NABRE, miscarriage, arisen, judging, publishing, Corpus Christi, Bread of Life, ragamuffin, listen, Facebook, gay and Catholic, fully fed, parish hopping, unbelievers prayer, book reviews, Jerzy Ciesielski, Sola Scriptura, Uganda, end times, enthroning hearts, what things, treasure and heart, son Father, which religion?, salt / light, watchers, no worries and waywards.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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We learned this week that the Little Sisters of the Poor are DIRTY. I never knew that, but this is the finding of the National Organization for Women. The sisters have been named to NOW’s Dirty 100 list. Here are some of the dirty sisters, being their usual dirty selves:

Here, Patricia Ireland (former NOW president), comments on these dirty sisters:

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About 90% of women given a Down syndrome diagnosis for their baby abort that child. That child’s life has just as much value as any other (which is immense). Here is how one such fetus (clump of cells / Tim Harris) turned out:

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Yet despite the irrefutable science of when life begins and the equal human dignity of every person, many people staunchly support abortion. Here, one representative of that position eloquently offers carefully reasoned arguments in support of her side.

(FAIR WARNING: language that would make a sailor blush is liberally used. I am not kidding. BE FORWARNED.)

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Dinesh D’Souza’s new patriotic film America has opened (in time for Independence Day) and been extremely well received by viewers:

“True patriotism is not loving your country just because it is yours, but because it is good.” The film refutes, point by point, the liberal contention that America is a society based on theft.

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Speaking of the new America film, it was based on a best selling book of the same name (currently #1 on the Times best-seller list). The book was being sold by Costco until their management (huge Democratic supporters, BTW) had it pulled. After public outcry, they reversed course claiming it was all just an innocent mistake.

The facts, told well by Bob Adelmann in Costco Pulls, Then Restores “America” to Its Bookshelves tell a somewhat different story. Why couldn’t Costco just be honest? They didn’t have to go into detail, but could have said “we made a mistake, have corrected it and are sorry.” Instead, they fashioned this story, much as the IRS fashioned their lost e-mail story. You just have to be really gullible to believe some of this stuff.

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Speaking of IRS lost e-mail brings us to the topic of joint probabilities. That is, what are the odds all 7 hard drives of key IRS leadership failing in the same month? Answer: if they are very unreliable drives with an average failure rate of 36 months, then the answer is 1 in 78 BILLION (36**7). Let’s compare these odds to other possibilities:

  • 1 in       22,957,480 – odds of winning the Florida state lottery
  • 1 in     175,223,510 – odds of winning the Powerball
  • 1 in     258,890,850 – odds of winning Mega Millions
  • 1 in 78,364,164,096 – odds 7 critical IRS hard drives failed the same month

Put another way, what is more likely than this Obama administration fabrication:

  •    300 times more likely to win Mega Millions with 1 ticket
  •    450 times more likely to win the Powerball with 1 ticket
  • 3,400 times more likely to win the Florida lottery with 1 ticket

Not only must the gullible accept this happened, but they must also believe (1) the failures were a complete and total loss with no chance of any data recovery whatsoever (the “failed” drives were quickly recycled so we have to take their word on this) and (2) that the IRS does not backup their data.

This is not politics. This is a criminal conspiracy and an insult to intelligence. I remember a time when political criminals at least worked for plausible deniability.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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