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The Most Reverend George J. Lucas leads the Archdiocese of Omaha. In this series of programs he breaks open the rich teachings found of the Roman Catholic Church as expressed in the United States Catholic Catechism of the Church. Hosted by Kris McGregor, this series isa wonderful resource for Christians to learn more about the faith of the Catholic Church.

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The Most Reverend George J. Lucas leads the Archdiocese of Omaha. In this series of programs he breaks open the rich teachings found of the Roman Catholic Church as expressed in the United States Catholic Catechism of the Church. Hosted by Kris McGregor, this series isa wonderful resource for Christians to learn more about the faith of the Catholic Church.

    Moving Forward in Faith – Why it Matters Special with Archbishop George J. Lucas Podcast

    Moving Forward in Faith – Why it Matters Special with Archbishop George J. Lucas Podcast

    Discerning Hearts special with Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

    In this episode, Archbishop Lucas discusses the particulars concerning the lifting of some restrictions implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic.



    * How will this look in individual parishes?

    * How will this affect ministries?

    * How will this touch the lives of individuals and families?

    * Do we know how this will affect Religious Formation programs and Catholic Schools?

    * What about the elders in our community?

    * What are the spiritual dynamics of this present reality?

    * What can we do to help our parishes?



    He also offers words of hope and encouragement to all the faithful, especially those who are suffering this period.

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    For more teachings and information about Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, visit:   archomaha.org

    • 57 min
    Feeding us in the desert – Holy Week 2020 with Archbishop George Lucas podcast

    Feeding us in the desert – Holy Week 2020 with Archbishop George Lucas podcast

    Discerning Hearts special with Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

    In this episode, Archbishop Lucas discusses the challenges we all are facing in the light of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.  He reminds us that God is not mad with us, but loves us all more deeply than we could ever know and is pouring out extraordinary grace to individuals as well as to the world.  We want to be sure to open our hearts in order to receive that grace and mercy. He would also ask to us remember that the mass continues to be celebrated by parish priests on behalf of their people and to be open to that grace particularly during this extraordinary Holy Week. We need to trust in God and to show us the way forward.  We should also meet the challenge to notice our neighbors in need. He would encourage all of us to enter into the mystery of Holy Week by reading the scriptures of the mass for the day, to seek out live streams of the liturgy, and to take to be with the Lord during this sacred time.

     

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    For more teachings and information about Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, visit:   archomaha.org

    • 37 min
    WM15 – Why Prayer Matters pt. 2- Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    WM15 – Why Prayer Matters pt. 2- Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    Episode 15  Why Prayer Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

    In this episode with Archbishop Lucas, we continue the conversation on why prayer matters?

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    “…for you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.“

    St. Augustine, Conf. 1,1,1:PL 32,659-661

     

    From Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday Audience, May 11, 2011

    Dear brothers and sisters, we learn to stay more in front of God, God who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, we learn to recognize in the silence, deep within ourselves, the voice that calls us and leads us to the depths of our existence , the source of life, the source of salvation for us to go beyond the limit of our lives and open ourselves to the extent of God, our relationship with Him who is Infinite Love. 

    Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn to pause longer before God, who revealed himself in Jesus Christ, let us learn to recognize in silence, in our own hearts, his voice that calls us and leads us back to the depths of our existence, to the source of life, to the source of salvation, to enable us to go beyond the limitations of our life and to open ourselves to God’s dimension, to the relationship with him, which is Infinite Love.

    For more episodes in this series visit the

    Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast page

    For more teachings and information about Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, visit:   archomaha.org

    • 28 min
    WM14 – Why Prayer Matters pt. 1- Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    WM14 – Why Prayer Matters pt. 1- Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    Episode 14  Why Prayer Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

    In this episode with Archbishop Lucas we begin the conversation on why prayer matters?

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. –

    St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.

     

    Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle Locations 14417-14418). United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Kindle Edition.

    From Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday Audience, May 11, 2011

    Dear brothers and sisters, we learn to stay more in front of God, God who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, we learn to recognize in the silence, deep within ourselves, the voice that calls us and leads us to the depths of our existence , the source of life, the source of salvation for us to go beyond the limit of our lives and open ourselves to the extent of God, our relationship with Him who is Infinite Love. 

    Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn to pause longer before God, who revealed himself in Jesus Christ, let us learn to recognize in silence, in our own hearts, his voice that calls us and leads us back to the depths of our existence, to the source of life, to the source of salvation, to enable us to go beyond the limitations of our life and to open ourselves to God’s dimension, to the relationship with him, which is Infinite Love.

     

    For more episodes in this series visit the

    Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast page

    For more teachings and information about Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, visit:   archomaha.org

    • 28 min
    WM-Special – The Clerical Abuse Crisis and the Response by the Bishops – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    WM-Special – The Clerical Abuse Crisis and the Response by the Bishops – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    Special Episode – The Clerical Abuse Crisis and the Response by the Bishops – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

    In this episode, Archbishop Lucas addresses the Clerical Abuse Crisis now plaguing the Roman Catholic Church and the deeply disturbing behavior of the former Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.,Theodore McCarrick.  He also discusses the allegations of the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that the Holy See, and in particular Pope Francis, was aware of  McCarrick’s actions, yet allowed him to maintain a high profile role in the Church.

    Archbishop Lucas also speaks of the need to protect the young and the vulnerable, as well as the concerns for seminarians and the state of our seminary system in the United States. He unequivocally states that we should not be afraid of the truth in dealing with this serious situation.  He reiterates the vital need for transparency in this matter and the necessity of listening deeply to the pain brought about by this grave and disturbing sin.  He joins with his brother bishops in their call for answers to the questions brought forward by this issue in order to restore trust,  reestablish integrity, and bring about healing, through Jesus Christ, to all those touched by this crisis.





    Letter On Clergy Sex Abuse And The Abuse Of Power

    By Archbishop Lucas





    August 25-26, 2018

    Dear Brothers and Sisters Christ,

    News in recent weeks has shown that a number of bishops and priests, over many years, have been personally responsible for the sins and crimes of sexual abuse of minors and the abuse of power. Many have been hurt and shamed by this abuse. This hurt and shame are enduring because they took place where people should have been safe and respected. My shame is deepened by the knowledge that so many in positions of responsibility and trust ignored the cries of the victims and turned away when those who are so dear to the Lord needed their protection and care.

    Several days ago, I met with a representative group of our archdiocesan priests. We shared experiences of the pain and anger of our parishioners. We spoke of our own desire for proper accountability and for healing in the Church. Like so many of you, my brother priests are hurt and demoralized by what we have heard. Please let me encourage us all to turn to Christ and beg his companionship in these days. I am committing to fast and pray each Thursday, for mercy and healing for the Church, and I have invited our priests to join me.

    In addition, the priests have encouraged me in my commitment to insist with the other bishops of this country that there be structures put in place for judging allegations of misconduct on the part of bishops. All must be able to have confidence that there are transparent and effective ways for bishops to be held accountable for their actions.

    Here in the Archdiocese of Omaha, we remain committed to the protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We remain committed to healing for victims of past abuse. In cooperation with members of law enforcement, we remain committed to responding deliberately and professionally to any claims of abuse. Anyone concerned about the actions of clergy or any Church worker should contact our Manager of Victim Outreach and Prevention, Mary Beth Hanus, at 402-827-3798 or toll-free at 1-888-808-9055.

    Be assured of my prayers for all of you in the days ahead and of my gratitude for the privilege of serving as your archbishop.

     

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    Most Reverend George J. Lucas

    Archbishop of Omaha

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    WM12 – Why Confirmation Matters pt. 2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    WM12 – Why Confirmation Matters pt. 2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

    Episode 12  Why Confirmation Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

    In this episode with Archbishop Lucas we continue the conversation about the action of the Holy Spirit and why the Sacrament of Confirmation matters?

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – his actions, his gifts, and his biddings – in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.127

    1310 To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit. More intense prayer should prepare one to receive the strength and graces of the Holy Spirit with docility and readiness to act.128

    1316 Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.

    1317 Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life.

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    Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast page

    For more teachings and information about Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, visit:   archomaha.org

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