‘Lenten Outlooks on Pleasure, Power, and Possessions’ Feb. 23-25
WAVERLY (SNR) - Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz invites all men to begin the 40-day journey of Lent with a weekend retreat Feb. 23-25 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly, entitled “Lenten Outlooks on Pleasure, Power, and Possessions.”
At the beginning of Lent, the prophet Joel challenges, “Rend your hearts, not your garments!”
Lent is nothing short of a radical invitation to reject the dictatorship of pleasure, power, and possessions—the superficial and disordered idols that too often sully lives and communities.
All people experience temptations, Bishop Bruskewitz noted, and in a certain sense all sinful temptations can be put under one of the categories of pleasure, power or possessions.
“It is precisely to assist us in confronting the three P’s that the Church gives us the holy season of Lent, this Christian ‘Springtime,’ he said. “The three traditional Lenten activities of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving help to control our urges toward pleasure, our drive toward power, and our striving for possessions.”
“Rather than allowing pleasure, power and possessions to become our masters,” the bishop emeritus continued, “this retreat will prepare and enable men to imitate Jesus in the desert: finding spiritual strength in prayer and in scripture to resist the temptations of the evil one.”
He noted that the gospel of Jesus being tempted in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent, and that each of the diabolical temptations of Our Lord were also these three categories: pleasure—turning stones to bread, power—commanding the angels, and possessions—all the kingdoms of the world, as recorded in Luke 4 or Matthew 4.
Bishop Bruskewitz became the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln in 1992. He retired in 2012 and has now been a priest for 57 years and bishop for 25 years.
Father Gary Coulter, director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, said wives might consider this retreat as a Valentine’s gift to give their husbands.
Other upcoming retreats will be Feb. 14, an Ash Wednesday recollection for men and women; March 2-4, a Scripture retreat with Father Joseph Faulkner, and March 16-18, a women’s Magnificat retreat.