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God has made you a caretaker of his vineyard. So what do you know about growing grapes? Deacon Matt offers six practical and essential elements of Christian discipleship in this homily preached on Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, cycle A).…
 
Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A), preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church on July 5, 2020. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden li…
 
Homily by Deacon Matthew Newsome on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (A), preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC on June 7, 2020. "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to co…
 
Preached by Deacon Matthew Newsome to a group of catechumens, candidates and their sponsors and godparents the afternoon before the Vigil of Pentecost when they would receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
 
Homily preached by Deacon Matthew Newsome on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. “You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and p…
 
Homily preached by Deacon Matthew Newsome on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no lo…
 
A homily for the Solemnity of All Saints preached at the WCU Catholic Campus Ministry chapel on November 1, 2019. "See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet b…
 
A homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C), preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, October 6, 2019. "I remind you, to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed …
 
A homily for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC, on September 1, 2019. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may ap…
 
Join us in learning about two influential medieval heretics, John Wyclif from England and John Huss from Bohemia. Both these men not only criticized (justifiably) certain abuses of the Church hierarchy, but also denied the validity of the hierarchy and the authority of the Church.
 
Waldo (Valdes) was a rich merchant in Lyons, France, who gave up his wealth to dedicate himself to a life of radical poverty and preaching the gospel -- but without the approval of the Church. Waldo and his followers would go on to develop many theological errors that would put them at odds with Catholic doctrine. Vestiges of the Waldensian movemen…
 
Spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, which is what it means to evangelize, is a duty that belongs to every one of us. In its document on missionary work, the Second Vatican Council says that “the work of evangelization is a basic duty of the People of God.” A homily preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC, on July …
 
A homily preached on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 28, 2019, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our love by which we are related to God a…
 
While the West was confronting Pelagianism, both Nestorianism & Monophysitisim rocked the eastern Church during the 5th century. Nestorianism taught that there were two persons in Christ, one human and one divine, while Monophysitism taught that Christ only had one divine nature. In confronting these heresies, the Church definitively formulated the…
 
Pelagius was a British monk who taught that salvation was possible through upright moral living apart from God's grace. He denied the reality of original sin and the necessity of grace for salvation. His chief opponent was St. Augustine of Hippo, whose writings against Pelagius helped to develop Catholic teachings about original sin, grace and bapt…
 
This week we take a look at the first major Christological heresy, Arianism. Arius claimed that Christ was a creature made by God. He was the greatest of all God's creation, but he was a creature and therefore not himself God. In responding to this heresy at the Council of Nicea in 325 and the Council of Constantinople in 381, the Church would give…
 
As we begin our tour of historic heresies, we begin with Gnosticism, which actually pre-dates Christianity in origin, but quickly became one of the chief heretical movements that the early Church had to contend with. Learn about this esoteric belief system, how it tried to corrupt Christian orthodoxy, and how some aspects of gnostic thought still e…
 
CCM "Summer School" is a 10-part podcast series dealing with Church history that will be released weekly over the summer. Each episode will look at a different heresy in the history of the Church, who the major players were, what the heresy taught, and how the Catholic Church responded. By learning about how the Church responds to heresies, we will…
 
Preached at the Catholic Campus Ministry Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation at Western Carolina University on May 5, 2019. "Jesus said to them, 'Come, have breakfast.' And none of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' because they realized it was the Lord" (Jn 21:12).
 
Preached on May 5, 2019, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. " Jesus said to him... 'Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.' He said…
 
Homily preached on Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, April 14, 2019 (the anniversary of my ordination), at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. " The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and per…
 
A homily for the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C) preached at the 11:00am Mass at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. " Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even…
 
The first greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Shouldn't loving God be enough? Why must we also love our neighbor? A homily on the two greatest commandments preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC, on Nov. 4, 2018.…
 
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