If you’ve ever listened to Curtis Martin through his FOCUS apostolate or seen him on his football themed TV show: Apologetics Dumbed Down for Men, you know he does a darn good job with the exegesis of the phrase: The Gates of Hell will not prevail.
That’s one of the more common English translations, albeit not the one used in my Jerusalem Bible.
Curtis explains that gates don’t prevail in the common sense of the word and it’s better to understand that they won’t withstand as the Church breaks through them.
With that in mind, consider the subtitle of one football fan’s book on the Rosary: Chaining the Gates of Hell with the Rosary
Why does one chain a gate? It’s usually to make it more secure; less impenetrable. You chain a gate if the gate is insufficient by itself. No?
Doesn’t a phrase like this perpetuate the misunderstanding many people have of that biblical passage? Why would Our Lady assist Hell in keeping us back?