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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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Sister Olga Arias visits a family of nine, including seven children, in early March in rural Cuba. It can be daunting to transmit the values of the church when families are focused on day-by-day survival, she said. (CNS/Rhina Guidos)

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Encompassing 25 counties on the Llano Estacado and Rolling Plains of West Texas, the Diocese of Lubbock -- is a church of more than 136,000 Catholics who gather in 62 parish churches.  Ours is a delightfully diverse -- a truly "catholic" -- church.  Please feel free to visit us in person and discover how you might draw closer to Jesus Christ in our midst, living with us a life of sacramental grace and loving service.

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Vatican envoy speaks at UN about extremists' recruitment of young followers
Broken families, failed expectations, and alienation are factors in pushing young people into violent extremism, the Vatican’s delegate said in an address to the UN. “The family is the first educator of children,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza. “If states really want to reach young people before they are exposed to extremist ideologies, they should render appropriate assistance to the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities.”

Leader, son, friend: Cardinal George remembered through the eyes of his superior
A strong leader, yet humble.  Approachable, yet not preoccupied with a desire to be liked.  A high-ranking prelate and intellectual powerhouse, yet a friend to the poor who embraced the sufferings in his own life. The late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago might seem a man of contrasts, but his life was one of different virtues lived in harmony, said his superior in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Keep faith growing, Pope encourages bishops from Namibia, Lesotho
Pope Francis spoke of the “flourishing Christian faith” in Lesotho and Namibia, as he met on April 24 with bishops from those African countries. In his message to the bishops, who were concluding their ad limina visits, the Pope spoke of the great accomplishments of the Church in Namibia and Lesotho, including the schools, clinics, and hospitals under Catholic administration. “I encourage you to continue supporting and nurturing these great blessings, even when resources are sparse,” he said; “for the Lord promises that he will not fail to bless us.”

In jungle clinic, U.S. students learn tropical medicine -- and help poor
The indigenous families living in this South American jungle village came early to see the American doctors running a free health clinic. They paddled dugout canoes for miles on the placid waters of the Wakapoa Creek, gave their names and sat on wooden benches to wait for what may be their only doctor's appointment in a year. Nylon hammocks and silky mosquito nets in which the doctors slept hung on the walls around them. 

'48 Hours,' 'NY Med' among 20 Christopher Award winners 
The newsmagazine "48 Hours" and the documentary series "NY Med" are among 20 Christopher Awards winners announced April 21 by the Christophers, which is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The awards, to be conferred at a May 13 ceremony in New York, are presented to writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit.

Spanish film brings story of 'Three Rebel Monks' to life
“Three Rebel Monks” tells the story of Saint Robert of Molesmes, Saint Albéric, and Saint Stephen Harding, who overcame the challenges of monasteries that resisted their efforts. The film is an adaptation of the book with the same title written by M. Raymond. The film director, Aleix Forcada, said that he began with a short university project and ended up with a thorough production. The film was shot at the medieval monastery of Santa Maria de Huerta in Soria, Spain, where there is currently a Cistercian community.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

The Profound Dignity of Motherhood
Mothers are by far the most beautiful creatures in the world. There is nothing more beautiful than a mother. There has never been a beauty pageant winner more beautiful than a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman glows with the grace of God. She is one with God. Her love has borne fruit with the life in her womb. She is transformed into an other-worldly beauty. Anyone can naturally see this.

The Prayer of the Elderly
As I write this, I am eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of my third grandchild. I have been privileged to share many happy times with my granddaughter and grandson; and I look forward to making more memories that include their baby sister. Like my own grandparents, I want to share my life with them; and I want to be included as their lives unfold and blossom.

7 Essential Tips for a Better Marriage
Today I’m taking my observations from the marriages of others and my own experiences with my husband Tom, to try to lay out a very basic outline of what to do and what NOT EVER EVER to do if you want a successful, fulfilling marriage that is pleasing to God.  This is not comprehensive, so please don’t write me that I’ve left out the very major issue of ____________________ (insert your pet issue here.) As I said, this is culled from my own observations of married folk, Catholic and otherwise, in my forty-six years on the planet.  NOTE: my marriage is NOT perfect, but it is perfect FOR ME.  I hope you can say the same and I bet you can if you keep a few things in mind.



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