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March 2010

Sometimes earthquakes can help us know God better

I need earthquakes. This is not the text of an off-beat bumper sticker. It is the truth. Day in and day out, it is possible for me to exist in a world that is rarely touched by anything more stressful than a late bus.

I have a home. I have a loving spouse. I have employment. I have working utilities. I have access to transportation. Our daughter is happy and healthy. And so, during this season of Lent, more than ever, I need an earthquake.

Balancing principles in favor of life

One of the important and "hot" pro-life issues in our Legislature this session is whether Nebraska should continue providing prenatal services to unborn children of undocumented mothers. Nebraska has been providing these important services for three decades under Medicaid.

The federal government, however, notified Nebraska late last year that prenatal services cannot be provided under Medicaid to unborn children in their own right; eligibility for these services is based on the pregnant mother, and undocumented immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid.

Legislation not needed for changes

During the remaining couple dozen working days in their current session, Nebraska legislators are likely to spend some time and energy deciding the extent to which they should use state law to dictate organizational, governance and policy changes regarding the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA).

All of us can help in defense of our faith and the church

Bashing Catholics continues to be acceptable by many in our culture.

How many times have we seen the priesthood and our Catholic beliefs ridiculed in TV comedies, dramas and movies? Too many to count.

Despite the many inspirational stories happening every day in the life of the Catholic Church, the entertainment industry and secular press focus on the occasional scandal that rocks the church. These scandals are disturbing but few in comparison to the countless good works performed by the church.

Bishops' statement on immigration remains timely as our journey through Lent continues

Just over one year ago, the bishops of the three dioceses in Nebraska published a pastoral letter. The letter was titled "Immigration: A Call to be Patient, Hospitable and Active for Reform."

The statement remains timely as we continue our Lenten spiritual journey this year. The challenge to express solidarity and support to our immigrant neighbors in their human need remains. The challenge to shed the light of the Gospel on the need for just immigration reform remains.

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

March 5

» Read to Kids Day, Holy Name School, Omaha.

March 6

» Confirmation, Divine Mercy Parish, Schuyler.

March 7

» Confirmation, Holy Ghost Parish, Omaha.

March 8

» Directors of Religious Education (Rural) meeting, Osmond.

March 9

» Omaha Archdiocesan Association of Consecrated Life (OAACL) meeting.

» Mass, Serra Altar Server Awards, St. Patrick Church, Fremont.

Prayer booklet gives way to pray for priests

In this Year for Priests, prayer might be one of the ways Catholics are celebrating their pastors and the priesthood in general.

And to guide their prayer, many are using the "Praying for Our Priests" prayer booklet written by Omaha's Vicki Herout and Msgr. Peter Dunne.

The 85-page booklet, which includes all the mysteries of the rosary, Stations of the Cross and other meditations themed on the priesthood, debuted and was distributed at the Serran International Convention in Omaha last summer.

Liturgy for soon-to-be Catholics draws hundreds to Cathedral

Dotty Ryck was anxious as she and her daughter, Marci, waited in line to meet Archbishop George J. Lucas at the Rite of Election Feb. 21 in Omaha.

The two quietly discussed who should introduce whom to the archbishop, but "then we kind of got flustered when we met him and didn't introduce either of us," said Ryck, who is going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process and will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus.

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