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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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Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF shows Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the Diocese of Lubbock, August 19-20.

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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.

May God bless you and grant you prosperity as you live a life of authentic Christian discipleship and stewardship.


Papal message thanks Poland's Catholics for World Youth Day welcome
Pope Francis has sent a message to Church leaders in Poland, expressing his gratitude for World Youth Day and "your warm welcome and the zeal with which my visit was prepared."  The Pope's message-- addressed to Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, the president of the Polish bishops' conference-- praised the Catholic people of Poland for "your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies." 

Don't bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead
“We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” the bishops of Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Gallup said in a joint statement Aug. 18. “There is one seamless teaching on God’s gift of life that must be protected from birth to natural death,” they said. “It is always tragic and sad when a member of the community is murdered. These senseless acts must be prevented by calling for systemic change in society beginning with our youngest children. Crime can be prevented, and this is done by an investment in social capital.”

Vatican newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is authoritative church teaching
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says 
"She was very human -- she loved chocolate, she loved ice cream," the priest said. At the same time, her letters to her spiritual directors make it clear "she's among the great mystics of the church," having experienced the sweetness of hearing Jesus' voice and, later, the desolation of feeling he had abandoned her. "Mother Teresa was no plastic saint," said Father Kolodiejchuk, who is superior general of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers and postulator of Blessed Teresa's sainthood cause. Mother Teresa was a "very concrete, feet on the ground" organizer and hands-on minister to the poorest of the poor, he said.

Fragment of Christ's Cross stolen from California church
A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel. However, the theft is unfortunately a very immediate - and very difficult - reality for one California parish. “The first thing we want people to know is that if anyone has it or knows anything about it – just to bring it back,” Fr. Michael Hurley, OP, pastor of St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco told CNA. “We just want it back.”


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Do Not Be Afraid
How many times in the Bible does God or one of His messengers say, “Be Not Afraid!” Urban legend suggests that it is there 365 times although that is apparently not the case. I have never counted it myself. For me it suffices that the saying is there, many times. Perhaps someday I will find the time to do a more in-depth search of it, correlating admonitions to “fear not” with admonitions to “Fear the Lord.” That will be fascinating.

Good Atheists and Bad Catholics
The question of whether atheists can be good, however, is not the most important issue at stake. Quite frankly, it is a distortion of a more urgent question, which is how atheists can know what is good from the starting point of their atheism, and why they should live according to a moral code. If one believes that the universe is the result of a cosmic fluke, and that life on earth is governed by the survival of the fittest and random mutations that best help a being to survive, then why is a code of ethics (especially one that gives priority to the weak and vulnerable) so important?

21 Benefits of Making the Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross is a simple gesture yet a profound expression of faith for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. As Catholics, it’s something we do when we enter a church, after we receive Communion, before meals, and every time we pray. But what exactly are we doing when we make the Sign of the Cross?

A Work in Progress
Often times I get overwhelmed because in the mornings I pray to be a better, calmer parent and spouse and by 7:07, I’m already being short with everyone. I find myself trying to control every situation and especially my children’s reactions to situations. I find myself thinking, if only they would follow my directions, I wouldn’t lose my patience. It’s like I expect perfection. I expect that when one of my children calls their sibling a baby face, that they’ll handle their irritation by using their words and expressing their dislike for being called names. Now back in reality, I realize that I have young kids and that is nearly impossible, so I’ll chalk it up as a goal to shoot for.



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