“The most important goal of a single Catholic man is to get his soul to heaven, but the most important goal of a married Catholic man expands to getting not only his own soul to heaven, but also those of his wife and children. It’s almost as if, as a result of the love that you share, you have one soul as a family.”
-Greg Zuerlein, Kicker, Los Angeles Rams
This guy is the goods. Full interview HERE.
Please note, this goal is not in any way selfish. It’s literally the reason God made us… so that we might know, love, and serve him in this world, in order to be together with him in the next. It’s basic Baltimore Catechism, which today lies buried beneath decades of felt banners and SJW virtue signalling of the post-conciliar era. This guy just gave greater witness in two sentences than sixty years worth of milquetoast catechesis. And yes, the husband as the head of the family does have a grave duty to get not only his own soul to Heaven, but also the souls of his wife and children.
Do you think a major reason some people are not practicing Catholics is that they see Catholicism as merely a religion of rules rather than a religion of love that also has rules?
“Some people see it as an either-or situation, as if you could love and then not be bound by any obligations. The opposite is true: The more you love, the more you willingly submit to obligations. They aren’t even seen as obligations by someone who loves, since the concern is showing love for the other person.
Maybe if people knew how much they were loved, they would love more in return. Thinking of the extensive sufferings Christ went through specifically for the good of our souls is really helpful. He suffered so intensely in the Garden of Gethsemane that he sweated blood. Then he was betrayed by someone close to him, publicly lied about, abandoned by almost all his followers, mocked, tortured and murdered.
That was all freely done so that we would be able to rise up from sin and become heirs to heaven. It helps us to see that being required to go to Mass on Sunday is not an arbitrary notion, but designed to draw us closer to the Source of holiness. It’s a matter of transforming us from sinners into saints.”
The commandments of God are the love of God. The way we show our love to God is by following them. They are not merely “ideals” which are impossible to live by. They are a road map to Heaven, revealed to us by a loving God. They are for our own good, because who knows what’s better for us than God does? Living by God’s law is the very means by which we grow in our relationship with Him… that “personal relationship with Jesus Christ”… that’s what this is. The commandments are love, the commandments are God, God is love, God is the Law. His commandments are the key to attaining the supernatural happiness which awaits us within the Beatific Vision, of which our human minds cannot remotely imagine, but they are also the key to finding contentment here in this vale of tears. And if you ever find yourself flirting with pride as you progress on this spiritual journey, remember that your success depends on, and comes only through, cooperating with grace; on our own, we merit nothing.
“I am so fortunate to have parents who take the Catholic faith seriously. In our family, it was made clear that certain things are required of us in order to get to heaven. The Church is there in so many ways for us to achieve that goal, so it is a matter of whether we want to cooperate with the grace available through the sacramental and devotional life of the Church. It’s all centered on Christ and radiates out through Mary, Joseph, the apostles, angels and so forth. I learned that growing up, but it’s becoming even clearer now.”
How many people alive today in the West are repulsed by the idea that something might be “required of them?” The entire culture is saturated with an unholy alliance of effeminacy, apathy, and acedia, to the point of being repulsive. It’s absolutely disgusting. I could go on, but this is supposed to be a good feelz post.
This next part is when I knew our favorite kicker was a ringer:
“…I finished Four Witnesses by Rod Bennett in two or three days. It’s about what Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons learned from the apostles. It indicates how Catholic the early Church was, since things like the importance of bishops and the unity of believers are written of.
The writings of the first leaders of the Church after the apostles are good things to point out to Protestant friends who tend to see history as having a 1,500-year gap between the apostles and the origin of Protestantism. The Church was Catholic from the beginning; we’ve always been a family in faith, led by bishops and priests who can trace their holy orders back to the apostles, who themselves were ordained by Christ. Apostolic succession means the continuation of the life of Christ in the world.”
Four Witnesses is my number one go-to book for Protestant friends who may be on the verge of converting. The arguments therein are absolutely devastating to the notion that the “true church” was underground for 1500 years. The content is truly irrefutable. I would be interested to hear from the readership any converts for whom this book was like scales falling from their eyes. Even if you are already firmly Catholic, buy this book.
Let’s move on from apologetics and talk about apostacy:
“I know someone who said he doesn’t go to Mass because of Pope Francis (sic). There seems to be a lack of understanding that infallibility is a limited gift. We can disagree with what a pope says in a press conference; what we are called to believe in is what the Church has passed down to us through the generations. Even if today’s leaders don’t teach this clearly, it remains what it is, and we are still supposed to believe it and live it — especially at Sunday Mass.”
On the one hand, you might say that anyone who quit going to Mass because of the current Roman Fiasco didn’t have much of a faith to begin with. But I’m not sure about that. Two guys in white behind the Vatican walls, one of them a full blown Lutheran (at best)… is bound to be a little disconcerting to the average pewsitter, no? Not everyone is granted the same level of grace when it comes to faith; it’s a gift that is given in different measures. Since we know to expect a religious deception so diabolical that unless those times be shortened, even the elect would be deceived, we best tread carefully. First and foremost, we need to get out the word to all with ears to hear, that Bergoglio is an antipope who has usurped the Petrine see, and he must be removed (not deposed, mind you, because he holds no office and no legitimate power).
“It is unfortunate when Catholicism is not taught clearly, because then people can get really confused about the most basic things, even things that aren’t specifically Catholic. Abortion is sometimes presented as one issue among many or even overlooked, but you don’t even have to belong to the Church to know that killing babies is wrong and that it is more important than other issues.”
Maybe Greg can be the next governor of Virginia.
Amen and Go Rams.