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Take, Lord, receive all I have and possess. You have given all to me; now I return it...
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Pope Francis celebrates the baptism of 13 babies from earthquake zones in Italy in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Jan. 14. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout)

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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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New embassy a sign of pope's love for Palestine, President Abbas says
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country's new embassy to the Holy See. "This is a sign that the pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace," Abbas told the pope Jan. 14 before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome. The pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, "It is a pleasure to welcome you here."

Cardinal DiNardo: encounter, solidarity can help overcome racism’s effects
In a brief message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that “while there have been real gains in our country, we must not deny the work before us to heal both old rifts and new wounds, including those created by the evil of racism and related mistrust and violence.” “Society cannot continue this work if its members are unwilling to engage in encounters of the heart that honestly immerse them in one another’s lives,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, as he called for an examination of “how well each of us is doing in walking together with others in true encounter and solidarity.”

Pope raps Christians who do not want change
In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.” Such Christians “have found in the Chuch a good place to park,” the Pontiff said. “And when I say Christians, I’m takling about laity, priests, bishops...” Such “stationary” Christians, he said, are a danger, like still water: “It is the first to go bad.”

President Obama pays tribute to religious freedom
President Barack Obama paid tribute to religious liberty in a presidential proclamation for Religious Freedom Day. The day, observed on January 16, commemorates the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. “Religious freedom is a principle based not on shared ancestry, culture, ethnicity, or faith but on a shared commitment to liberty—and it lies at the very heart of who we are as Americans,” President Obama wrote.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man's journey to priesthood
Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol and drugs, with a future so bleak, he considered ending his own life. He did not end his life, however, and today he is a priest who dedicates his time to serving the physical and spiritual needs of those trapped in poverty, prison and prostitution.  “The street brought me to the Church and the Church in the end brought me back to the street,” the priest told the Journal Metro.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Water is weird. Have you ever had that thought? I’ve been having it lately as I sip from my glass. Water is this transparent, tasteless substance that our bodies naturally thirst for; it composes 71% of the world and 65% of the human body (75% for infants); it is necessary for life. “Water, with its amazing dissolving properties, is the perfect medium for transmitting substances, such as phosphates or calcium ions, into and out of a cell… all life on Earth uses a membrane that separates the organism from its environment. To stay alive, the organism takes in important materials for making energy, while shuttling out toxic substances such as waste products.”

What Do You Want with All Your Heart?
Sure, I know the answer when the stakes are high. I mean, when push comes to shove, I know that eternal life is the deepest desire of my heart (not to say I would be able to follow the example of those amazing monks). But when you think about it, how virtuous is my decision to hand over to God those things that are clearly beyond my control? In leaning toward trust when there is no where else to lean? The truth is, I often don’t “lean” in areas where I most need to maintain my sense of peace – the “little” areas, where a modicum of peace would be most useful to my vocation as a wife, a mother, or my role as daughter, sister…friend.

St. Thomas Becket was an epic saint, and you should know him
Theobold introduced Thomas to the newly crowned king of England, Henry, in 1154. Immediately, the two men connected and formed a strong bond as friends, owing to their similar personalities. Eventually, Henry named Thomas Becket his chancellor and when Theobold died in 1161, Henry named Thomas Becket archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ecclesiastical post in England. There was one issue, however. Thomas was not ordained yet at the time of his nomination, even though the pope confirmed Henry’s decision. This was quickly remedied as Thomas was ordained a priest and one day after that, consecrated bishop. 



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