Podcast #14: Key of Love & Locked Gates

The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates

Miss Bertram longs to pass through a locked gate:

Yes, certainly the sun shines and the park looks very cheerful, but unluckily that iron gate . . . gives me a  feeling of restraint and hardship. I cannot get out, as the starling said . . .

Jane Austen, excerpt from Chapter 10, Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park is a celebrated novel by Jane Austen, written in the spirit of a cautionary tale. Its memorable characters wrestle through a plot peppered with a host of powerful passages, witty turn of phrases, and sharp insights on the human condition.

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Miss Bertram expresses a wish of passing through the locked gate into the more promising park beyond, that . . .

“. . . their views and their plans might be more comprehensive. It was the very thing of all others to be wished, it was the best, it was the only way of proceeding with any advantage . . . Go therefore they must to that knoll, and through that gate; but the gate was locked.”

But. For. The. Key.

And . . . there IS a key. That thing uniquely designed to open the locked gate so “their views and their plans might be more comprehensive.”  So, they might see all things perfectly.

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What do you do when you face locked gates in your life, blocking you from moving forward? Do you wait for the key, or seek to cross the threshold by . . . another way? 



READ ONLINE: This post is the audio version of my article featured in the February 2017 issue of RUBY MAGAZINE:

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Fragrant Fields: Poetic Reflections for Journaling
Blessings as you wait
For your Beloved by the gate.
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Sharing The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates this week with:

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Enjoyed your podcast:) You have a beautiful voice, clear and articulate, making it a pleasure to listen to. Great job!

    • Gretchen, your comment made my day!! Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I love sharing beautiful words and inspiring stories with others. Blessings to you!

  2. I really enjoyed Mansfield Park. Thanks for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

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