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  • Writer's pictureLisa Livezey

O Ancient of Gates

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. - John 10:9 (NRSV)

The gate may appear antiquated, but beautiful nonetheless. Most critically— it is THE gate which the gate keeper opens for those who draw near, seeking Him.

My Lord and my God,

take from me whatever keeps me from thee.

My Lord and my God,

grant me whatever brings me to Thee.

My Lord and my God,

take my self, to live wholly in Thee.

~ St. Nicholas of Flüe, 1447-1487

(photo: Lisa Livezey, "Gate to Greyfriars, Scotland")

"The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it." ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


Read more about Greyfriars Abbey in my travel essay published in the National Catholic Register. Scotland Is My Cup of Tea: Of Sisters, Shortbread and Scions| National Catholic Register (

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