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Fr. Philippe talk on prayer open to all

LINCOLN (SNR) - Internationally known author and retreat master Father Jacques Philippe will give a reflection at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Personal prayer and a deep relationship with God.” The spiritual conference is free and open to the public.

Father Philippe entered the Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1976. Through his work as a spiritual director and preaching retreats, he consolidated his principal themes into books on spirituality, which have sold more than one million copies in 24 languages. Many of his books will be available for sale at the event.

In his book “Time for God,” describing how people can learn to give themselves completely to God in prayer, Father Philippe writes, “We should strike a balance in the spiritual life, and this is not always easy.  On one hand, we must accept our misery and not wait to be holy in order to begin praying.  On the other hand, however, we must aspire to perfection... the deep and constant desire to be holy.”

Anne McNeely, a member of St Teresa Parish in Lincoln, highly recommended Father Philippe.

“I think Father Philippe has saved my life,” she said. “His writings have meant more to me than I can express. I have children all across the country who have read and been greatly helped by his books; they would drive several hours to hear him speak. He gives such encouragement which we need today, teaching us about trusting Our Lord far more deeply than ever before.”

The Feb. 20 talk, for men and women of all ages, will include Eucharistic Adoration throughout the evening at the Newman Center, and a brief reception with Father Philippe. A free-will offering for the Community of the Beatitudes is requested.

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