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Father Jose Kochuparambil gives ashes to Sister Olivia Rico as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center February 10. 

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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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Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation
 Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together. "I wish for Iraqis and for all of us -- for the whole world -- leaders like this," the pope said Feb. 10 as he gave the Iraqi leader a medallion featuring an olive tree -- a sign of peace -- that holds together a split rock.

Supreme Court, states give death penalty laws another look 
The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button -- which doesn't mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. This year, several states are looking at legislative reform of the death penalty and some are considering repealing it. In early February, both Delaware and Florida announced they were halting executions until the states' Supreme Courts determine the constitutionality of death penalty laws.

Lent is a time of pruning and reconciliation, Pope Francis says
In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance and acts of charity. “Lent is a beneficial time of pruning from falsity, from worldliness, from indifference: to not think that everything is ok if I am ok; to understand that what counts is not approval, the pursuit of success or consensus, but purity of heart and life,” the Pope said Feb. 10. It’s a time to rediscover one’s Christian identity, “which is love that serves, not selfishness that uses,” he said.

Live in relationship with God the Father, Pope tells Pompei’s youth
Pope Francis has sent an audio message to the Territorial Prelature of Pompei in support of its Lenten youth initiative. “Jesus asks us to do good for the sake of good,” he said. “He asks us to feel we are under the watchful gaze of our heavenly Father at all times and to live in relationship with Him – not in relationship with the opinion of others.”

Giving to the poor is part of jubilee year, pope says
A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said. "This pope isn't inventing that," he insisted. "It's in the Bible." At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis spoke about the description of a jubilee year in the Book of Leviticus. The religious feast also had serious social implications, he said, because it proclaimed a forgiveness of debts, the freedom of indentured servants and special generosity toward the poor and the stranger.


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere


Why You’ll Never See the “F” Word on My Blog
I get it: I’m older and crankier than some of you. There is an entire generation of young Americans, many of whom have a casual regard for the rules of polite speech which marked my early years. For some of these young people, the ‘f’ word is just another, more expressive means of communicating. To which I say: No, it isn’t.

Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym
I was reflecting on my first month of the new year and my resolution/theme of “stronger.” I’ve been going to the gym a lot this month and can see so much physical change in my body, along with emotional and mental change and discipline. But as I was reflecting on all this, my thoughts turned to a young woman I met in a class at the gym. She is 17 weeks pregnant with her third child and is in much better shape than I am; in fact, she barely looks pregnant—she makes me look pregnant!

St Paul: The Original Theology of the Body
Of all the books of Scripture and of all the writings of the early Church Fathers, it is St. Paul who first uses the concept of and writes about the “body of Christ” in those specific words. Although the various gospel narratives of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper recount Jesus’s declarations that “this is my body” and “this is my blood,” the gospels do not include the phrase “the body of Christ.” St. John, in the Last Supper Discourses, reports Jesus as saying several things about unity with Him and remaining in Him, but there is no mention of “the body of Christ”. John includes these passages:

What Should You Do For Lent? (Based on Your New Year’s Resolution)
The beginning of February is upon us – how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Lent allows us to take a look at the things we haven’t been doing well and make an effort to fix them. It’s all about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, folks! Consider what you will sacrifice this year.

 

 

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