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Take, Lord, receive
all I have and possess.
You have given all to me; now I return it...
+Suspice, St. Ignatius of Loyola




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Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who is vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives the closing keynote address Jan. 19 at Vatican-sponsored conference on mass migration and humanitarianism at the University of California in Los Angeles. (CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, The Tidings) 

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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Concert marks one year after Pope's historic synagogue visit
One year after Pope Francis visited the Great Synagogue in Rome, the Hebrew Choir of Rome “Ha-Kol,” and the Choir of the Diocese of Rome joined together to give a concert Jan. 19 on the theme: “Sing to the Lord a new song.” The Pope's attention to Jewish-Christian dialogue continues to be welcomed by the Jewish community in Rome, and events such as the concert is one way they can contribute to that dialogue, Richard Di Castro, president of the Ha-Kol Choir Association, told CNA.

On eve of Trump inauguration, Catholic communities will pray for immigrants
“We offer these symbols of light as signs of solidarity for those who may be forced into the shadows of our nation,” said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. “Through action and solidarity, we hope to illuminate the dignity of our immigrant brothers and sisters, and the value of each individual’s contribution to this country.” The Ignatian Solidarity Network said St. Agnes Church in San Francisco and the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, also in San Francisco, “will declare sanctuary status” on the evening of the inauguration and others may follow.

God's forgiveness is call to sin no more, pope says
God forgives and forgets the faults of repentant sinners, unless they keep reminding him of their errors by pretending they have no need to change, Pope Francis said. The new covenant in Jesus Christ, the new relationship God wants to establish with each person, is sealed by being "faithful to this work the Lord does to change our mentality, to change our hearts," the pope said Jan. 20 during his morning Mass. Being a Christian, he said, is making a commitment to changing one's life by "not sinning again or reminding the Lord of that which he has forgotten." 

Pope offers congratulations, prayer to President Trump on inauguration
At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide. Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.

SDG Reviews ‘Paterson’
Those disappointed with Paterson will complain that “nothing happens.” That’s true, in a way. The narrative rises to a sort of crisis three times, none exactly pulse-pounding. One is so mundane that it leads to deadpan humor as characters speculate absurdly about how much worse it could have been. (This is a very funny movie, but like everything else, the comedy is low-key.)

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

God is interested in your love life
The Wedding Feast at Cana miracle is a manifestation of more than just Christ’s power. The story also allows us to see our Blessed Mother’s intercessory influence, Jesus’ approval of human marriage, and His care for humanity to the point of assisting us even with the more mundane items such as wine at a wedding reception. I have come to know these truths through personal experience in my life. When I was 22 years old, I was totally head over heels in love with a girl. We began our courtship with a double date to see the movie Bella with Italian food afterwards.

Joy in Dropping Everything to Follow: 3rd Sunday of OT
This Gospel reminds us of Pope Francis’ emphasis on the joy of the Gospel.  Life would truly be depressing without Jesus.  Among all the world’s philosophers and religious founders, Jesus stands out as a light, telling us of a God wants us to be his children, showing us the way to live a life of love in relationship with such a Father, teaching us that the sufferings of this life are the very means to draw closer to God.

Taking His Christian Faith to Mainstream Hip Hop: Meet “Chance the Rapper”
Part of the reason why Chance has been able to succeed with a gospel style is that he isn’t overbearing about it. The first thing that strikes you about songs like “All We Got” and “Ultralight Beam” isn’t how heavy it is on Christian imagery, but how much positivity and joy comes from it. Chance clearly uses his religion to inspire powerful lyricism, but he is wise to emphasize the music over the message.



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