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Annual Lenten series begins

Five free talks planned at St. Teresa Church in Lincoln

Story by Lesa Tines

LINCOLN (SNR) - Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, moderation, and self-denial. The 2015 season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, and lasts until Easter Sunday, April 5.

During this time, Catholics reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. It is a time to grow in faith through daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, prayer and the study of the scriptures.

The Diocese of Lincoln is offering a chance to dig deeper into the study of the scriptures with a  series of five speakers centered on the theme “Reclaiming the Word: Bringing the Scriptures Back Into Our Lives.”

According to Father Andrew Heaslip, director of religious education for the diocese, reclaiming the scriptures is an important way to understand God’s plan for mankind.

“Thinking scripturally means we are thinking with the mind of God and that’s the way we need to approach our lives,” he said.

The weekly series, held Monday nights begining Feb. 23 and lasting until March 23, will give listeners a chance to do just that.
Each week a new speaker will present a lecture highlighting a way to reclaim the Word of God: Understanding, Praying, Proclaiming, Teaching and Reading.

The series begins Feb. 23 when Emeritus Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz will share his message, “Understanding the Word.” The bishop will help listeners better understand Scripture and weave through the difficulties that can be found with interpreting the messages that were written thousands of years ago.

Father Steven Thomlinson, pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Exeter and St. Wenceslaus in Milligan, will present “Praying the Word” March 2. He will focus his talk on the Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading, using Scripture as a way to grow closer to God through prayer.

“Proclaiming the Word” will be presented by Father Scott Courtney March 9. Father Courtney, who is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Steinauer and Sacred Heart Parish in Burchard, said he wants Catholics to be excited about God’s word. His talk will help listeners understand that knowing scripture is an ordinary part of being Catholic.

Father Heaslip will present “Teaching the Word” March 16. As the director of religious education, his focus is on helping the people of the diocese understand what the Church teaches about the scriptures. His lecture will focus on the most important points found in scriptural writings.

Finally, Father James Divis, spiritual director at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, will speak on “Reading the Word.” In his lecture, Father hopes to inspire his listeners to read the Word of God in order to find His wisdom within the sacred texts.

All are welcome to attend any of the presentations, and are encouraged to bring a Bible. The lectures begin Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and each will last about an hour. St. Teresa Parish is located at 735 S. 36th St., Lincoln.

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