Robert Barron | – Why Men Need the Sacraments // Jared Zimmerer (Director of the Word on Fire Institute)

An excerpt from the “Into the Breach” series produced by the Knights of Columbus, featuring Jared Zimmerer, Director of the Word on Fire Institute. Used with permission. Click here to watch the full video: [support us]


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  1. Traditional Christianity and especially Catholicism, is grounded in fear, guilt and shame. The Church emphasizes how unworthy we are and its prayers require expressing that unworthiness: “Oh Lord I am not worthy that I should come into thy presence….” and many other examples. During my Catholic school years in the 1940’s and 50’s, I, along with my Catholic schoolmates, went to Confession almost every Saturday to avoid the pains of hell (explicitly stated in the Act of Contrition) and to reduce our suffering in Purgatory. Based on Catholic teaching taught by nuns, brothers and priests and not CCD teachers, the very best outcome for a baptized Catholic would be to die before reaching “the age of reason” unequivocally defined in the pre-1992 Catechism as age 7. That kid would go straight to Heaven with no detour to the horrible suffering in Purgatory. But if a pubescent kid willfully retains a sexual thought and dies in an accident before going to Confession, that kid goes straight to hell! Purgatory was a frightening destination for almost everyone who was not destined to hell. So we sought all those indulgences sprinkled throughout Our Sunday Missal indicating the exact number of days we could lessen our time there by performing the specified action such as a novena, stations of the cross, etc.. Many of the prayers at Mass were offered for “the poor souls in Purgatory”.

    In short, Catholic indoctrination in those days was psychological child abuse.


  2. Because without the sacraments we may become weak enough to believe evolution is an explanation of actual events.

    Do you respect your father? What if your grandfather walks in the room? Do you both then respect your grandfather as the authority in the room?

    So why don't you respect Adam? Jesus taught 6 day creation, are you smarter then Him? Man's authority comes from Adam and if we don't believe he existed how can anyone inherit his authority?

    Authority from the consent of the governed? Do you ask your toddler of he consents to your authority before time-out? If it wouldn't work for a toddler how would it work for a man.

  3. Thank you Jared.I do agree that our GOD's one way of showing HIS great plan of salvation begins with the Holy Family of Nazareth and now been extented to all of our families throughout the world and will continue until all will be one in HIM.

  4. God, the father of Jesus, created at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, a talented serpent (thus created by this God) who easily succeeded in seducing our two first parents Adam and Eve who were very naive, very gullible, ignorant of good and evil and had no experience and who had the predisposition to fall by anyone from the first ordeal like innocent little children (thus created by this ingenious God) … unjust and inequitable creation !

    But there are my remarks :

    – the snake, at the beginning, ie had the ability and the power to speak but now, no !!!

    – the snake, at the beginning, it could eat everything, but his ingenious creator judged that it should eat only the dust of the ground (have you already seen snakes which eat the dust of the ground) !!!?

    – the snake, at the beginning, it had the power to walk or to fly (according to the words of the bible), but his ingenious creator judged that it should not walk any more but on its belly !!!?

    – there is also a blatant biblical stupidity concerning this ridiculous and bizarre story. Because Eve ate the fruit and God punished her by suffering in childbirth as well as all her daughters; but the funny thing is that this punishment or curse has not only affected humans but also animals : the females of many animals suffer a lot when they give birth … do you already have the childbirth of the hyena (very painful who can go to death …) !!!? Or maybe the Eve of the hyenas, too, ate the fruit of the tree of Eden !!!!

    There are many holes in the Bible which prove that Christianity is a religion based on a very very very fragile base …

    Original sin is a human and not divine invention and its veracity is totally false.

    Wake up, dear gullible and naive Christians and do not be as gullible and naive as your two parents (thus imagined by your bizarre bible).

    reading the words of the bible shows these realities :

    Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

    Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

    Genesis Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

  5. Nailed it. As a woman I certainly got a lot out of this. Being reminded of the sacramental worldview blessed me. The thought that a father who leads his family in faith is exercising his kingly role gave me chills. Echoing what Mitchell said, one of the best edited videos I've seen from WoF.

  6. The coronavirus pandemic is preventing us from meeting as a community to celebrate Mass and receive the Eucharist. It's hard. Once I came around to realizing the centrality of the Eucharist and lived it for over a year, losing access to it disturbs me.

  7. Nice video and message. Thank you. Can we say rightly say that Vatican II licensed a new "all carrot, no stick" breed of churchmen to try to compete with the pleasure-seeking culture of modernity? Because obviously the best reason to do the sacraments is that we can't go to Heaven if we die outside a state of grace, right? One of the best reasons to go to Mass on Sunday is that you leave a state of grace if you miss without a genuine excuse. Is the post-Vatican II West in a period of trying to overcome theological rules via theological exceptions for some strategic reason? Would love your thoughts on that. Thanks!

  8. It takes a very mature young man to nurture , stimulate, and find the religious experience more or less of a stale repetitious …… antiquated obligation. A personal religious experience comes …… with a serious price ….. and a serious thoughtful intention. …… Loose …… worldly wits do not fill the pews!