Communications Manager, Archdiocese of Omaha
Episode | September 11th, 2020 | 19 mins 54 secs
In America today, we hear people lament frequently about how divided people are. In the news media, we see and hear division constantly. Catholics, however, are supposed to be one--Jesus prayed that we would be one; we profess one faith, one baptism, one Lord.
So what does it mean to be united with one another in a time of such evident divisions and disagreements? How do we engage in honest debate and discussion about matters of policy and morality without harboring uncharitable judgments against our fellow Christians?
Episode | July 2nd, 2020 | 22 mins 44 secs
As we mark the 4th of July, Archbishop Lucas tackles questions about the role of the Church in the political sphere. What does it mean to be a "faithful citizen"? How do we form our consciences? How should Catholics engage in public life?
Episode | June 8th, 2020 | 23 mins 16 secs
Injustice. Violence. Division. The fallen-ness of humanity is obvious, and it can be easy to lose hope. But the formula for announcing the world's salvation is simple, says Archbishop Lucas: "The Holy Spirit and you."
In this episode (recorded June 4, 2020), the archbishop reminds us that our mission is communion, and that it is possible. He also points out encouraging signs of the life of the Spirit here and now.
Episode | May 13th, 2020 | 17 mins 41 secs
Archbishop George J. Lucas and communications manager David Hazen recall last year's ArchOmaha Unite celebration, where thousands of Catholics from across the archdiocese came together to ask for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Archbishop discusses how we see the Spirit at work now in very different circumstances, and how the encouragement experienced at that event can be very useful as we face the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Episode | May 1st, 2020 | 25 mins 13 secs
We've seen unprecedented rises in the level of unemployment over recent weeks as many segments of the economy have ground to a halt. "It looks bad on a graph, but it's really a terrible experience for the people who are now out of work - those who may be furloughed, may be fired, without a clear sense of a path into the future for their own security and for their families," says Archbishop Lucas.
The feast of Saint Joseph the Worker gives those of us who do have work the chance to appreciate it more fully, and should help us to notice and pray specifically for those who are suffering the loss of work at this time. Joseph is also a refuge and model for those who are facing the loss of gainful employment.
Episode | February 25th, 2020 | 19 mins 34 secs
It can be easy to see the sacrament of penance as a chore, a sort of spiritual spring cleaning. But as we head into Lent, Archbishop Lucas invites us to see this sacrament as a path to freedom, as something great Jesus wants to do for us.
Episode | February 6th, 2020 | 15 mins 47 secs
Archbishop Lucas talks about his recent meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, and his subsequent trip to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Episode | January 7th, 2020 | 19 mins 35 secs
For National Migration Week 2020, Archbishop Lucas reflects on our Christian responsibility to face the needs of migrants and refugees. He acknowledges the complexity of the issues surrounding immigration and invites us to look at them in light of the Gospel first, and not simply according to common political categories. #NMW2020
Episode | December 16th, 2019 | 17 mins 32 secs
There are many distractions this time of year, but during Advent and Christmas, the Church repeatedly points us toward Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom. How can we receive this announcement anew this Christmas? How do we see the glory of the Lord here and now, especially in the faces of the poor?
Episode | December 4th, 2019 | 24 mins 5 secs
Archbishop Lucas reflects on gratitude and the Christian's vocation to stewardship: "The challenge of the Scriptures and of our Catholic faith is to begin with a stance of recognizing our dependence on God, of giving thanks and then making an offering to him without a lot of fanfare. We say to him in our own minds, and practically in our checkbooks, 'This significant portion of what I have received I am dedicating to you and to your purposes, and you will help me see how best to make use of it.'"
Episode | November 16th, 2019 | 28 mins 44 secs
Archbishop George J. Lucas discusses the listening session he attended in Omaha on Nov. 2, in which local Catholics shared how they have experienced racism. The conversation took its themes from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recent letter, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism".
Later in the episode, the archbishop reminds us that it's especially urgent to work toward the common good in what promises to be a polarizing and divisive election year.
Episode | November 4th, 2019 | 26 mins 20 secs
Many Catholics struggle to "get something" out of their experience of Mass, with huge numbers reporting (according to recent surveys) that they don't believe the Church's pivotal claims about the Eucharist. Archbishop Lucas offers an introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina, and discusses why and how praying with the Word helps us to receive the Word both spiritually and physically.
Episode | October 21st, 2019 | 27 mins 46 secs
abortion, common good, public policy, respect life
In our second Respect Life Month podcast, Archbishop Lucas talks about how Catholics are called to bear public witness to the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life.
Episode | October 11th, 2019 | 25 mins 37 secs
equipping disciples, living mercy
October is Respect Life Month! For the first of two podcasts on that theme, Archbishop Lucas talks with Whitney Bradley, coordinator of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Respect Life Apostolate.
Episode | September 16th, 2019 | 33 mins 58 secs
The Society of St, Vincent de Paul is dedicated to living mercy by accompanying people in need. In this installment of The Shepherd's Voice, Omaha council president Diane Mead joins Archbishop Lucas to talk about the concrete ways in which the Society shares the love of Christ with thousands of people throughout our archdiocese.
Episode | July 9th, 2019 | 25 mins 26 secs
In this mid-summer episode, Archbishop Lucas talks about
- the display of faith evident at the ArchOmaha Unite event
- the US Bishops' June meeting in Baltimore
- how he sees the local Church after 10 years in ministry here
- advancing the vision and mission of our Archdiocese, and the key role the laity play in sharing the Gospel