How Luther Stole Christmas: Bro. Matthew Heynen, O.P.

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Monk's Cellar
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

"You can see what our papists and Junkers, who have chosen innumerable saviors, have felt about this faith. Indeed, the papists still want to retain the mass, the invocation of saints, and their invented works by which we are to be saved. This is as much as to say, I do not believe in the Savior and Lord whom Mary bore; and yet they sing the words of the angel, hold their triple masses [at Christmas] and play their organs."

These fightin' words preached by Martin Luther on Christmas day, 1530 get to the heart of the beef between protestants and Catholics. Are we justified by faith alone - or by faith and works? Even Pope Benedict XVI, in a little known address to a papal audience, claimed, "Luther's phrase: 'faith alone' is true if it is not opposed to faith in charity." So did He fall into a Protestant error? After all, St. James' famous statement that "a man is justified by works and not by faith alone" (James 2:24) clearly shows that good works justify us as well, right? Discover why the key to making sense of the truth on justification is none other than the mystery of Christmas. 

Don't miss this presentation led by Brother Matthew Heynen, O.P. 

Brother Matthew Heynen is a solemnly professed Dominican Friar currently in studies at the DSPT. We are especially honored to welcome him to speak at Veritas as he's a home-grown vocation who helped found the group over 10 years ago when we started out in Dixon, CA. 

We invite any young adult (typically 18-39... or close), Catholic or not, to join us.

If you are not a young adult, please do not join us. 

We are most grateful to our friends at Monk's Cellar who have welcomed us at no cost. You buying an amazing dinner while present is a great way to thank them for their hospitality. The beer starts flowing at 7pm. It is purchased by St. Joseph Marello parish - and is completely free to you. Come early for a good seat. These events usually fill up. Please invite your friends, family, and anybody who could use a good talk, good beer, and good company. New faces are always welcome.



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