By Frank J Casella
Back in 2004 when we started this Catholic men’s movement in Chicagoland, one of the things important to the founders was to instill the virtues of living as a Catholic man in Chicago.
What are virtues?
“Virtue”, says Augustine, “is a good habit consonant with our nature.” The Catholic Encyclopedia continues “According to its etymology the word virtue (Latin virtus) signifies manliness or courage.” (Appelata est enim a viro virtus: viri autem propria maxime est fortitudo). You can read more about this here on the Catholic Chicago Blog.
Author and speaker Matthew Kelly describes a person with virtue has a good and moral character. He or she acts out of principles and values rather than bending to impulses or desires. A list of virtues may include honesty, courage, respect, kindness, humility and self-control.
Thus we came up with the motto for CMCSVIrtues as “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.
It’s been a while, so I thought it be a good time to re-post Bishop Perry’s “Virtues of a Catholic Man” which you can find below. You can download it here also. Many men find it’s best to practice each virtue one at a time before moving to the next. It will change your life, you will see.
Living The Virtues of a Catholic Man becomes very rewarding and always a work in progress, yet what comes with it is sometimes the challenge of replacing bad habits with good ones. Once you have it down, and you will, the next step will be to pass this on to your family if you are married or a parent. Because living out these virtues ultimately leads to happiness for everyone.
Life is about relationships, and when we live with virtues, and have good relationships, we are happy. More about this in my next post.
Frank J Casella is executive director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland, and co-founder of the Catholic Chicago Men’s Conference along with Reverence Bishop Joseph N. Perry and Deacon John Rangel. CMCSVirtues.org
Virtues of a Catholic Man
By Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago
- A Catholic man has some sense of what or whom he would die for if
- A Catholic man passes his faith to his children and sees to their religious
- A Catholic man informs himself about his faith, reads Scripture, select
Catholic literature, and studies the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- A Catholic man insures that there are sacred symbols in his household,
such as, a crucifix(es), Bible, use of sacramentals such as the Advent
wreath, Christmas cre`che, etc.
- A Catholic man leads prayer in his household at significant domestic
events, such as, birth, Baptism, graduation, marriage, illness, death, and
other special meals and events with use of a passage from Scripture or
other Catholic sources.
- A Catholic man practices presence with his wife and children.
- A Catholic man invests himself in some project or apostolate at the
parish or diocesan level.
- A catholic man is faithful to his wife, his children, his Church and his
friends, indeed all his commitments.