LINCOLN (SNR) - Every quarter, the Office of Evangelization of the Diocese of Lincoln launches the “One Book + One Diocese” initiative, suggesting good Catholic books and informing local book stores so they can have extra copies on hand.
The book is suggested as a kind of diocesan-wide book club. Individuals are invited to read the book and parishes are encouraged to have study groups. This summer, the Evangelization Office is recommending a book that anyone in southern Nebraska can access for free through Formed.org.
The book is, “The World’s First Love,” by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Father Heaslip said Sheen presents in the book the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering insights into her life and ours at every turn.
“Sheen also presents how Mary helps open the world’s eyes to the great dignity of women and their irreplaceable role in healing the world’s problems,” Father Heaslip added. “It is especially for everyone who wants to grow in his or her devotion to Mary by seeing more clearly her maternal love for us. In this way we always grow closer to Christ her Son.”
Formed.org is an online platform for several top educational organizations such as the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media. Other partners are Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Users can access professional-quality movies, audio recordings, books and other programs that inspire and instruct.
The recent Joy of the Gospel capital campaign provided for subscriptions to Formed.org for all parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln for the next two years.
Father Andrew Heaslip, diocesan director of religious education and evangelization said choosing a book for “One Book + One Diocese” this quarter was an easy choice.
“Formed.org is a wonderful resource for all Catholics in the Diocese,” Father Heaslip said. “We were glad to help people utilize it with One Book + One Diocese.”
To access the book at no cost, go to Formed.org, click ‘Books,’ and choose the format in which you would like to download it, e.g. Kindle, Nook, iBooks, or Android.
If you haven’t got a chance to take advantage of your free formed.org subscription check out the simple beginner’s guide at: www.lincolndiocese.org/formed.