Manhood Monday: Firstfruits of a New Creation

Your weekly dose of “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia JAS 1:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

* [1:18] Acceptance of the gospel message, the word of truth, constitutes new birth (Jn 3:56) and makes the recipient the firstfruits (i.e., the cultic offering of the earliest grains, symbolizing the beginning of an abundant harvest) of a new creation; cf. 1 Cor 15:20Rom 8:23.

For just as the Church cannot survive without the sacramental priesthood, so too, the father is an essential element of a healthy family. Fathers have a significant spiritual impact on their (and all men with) children precisely because of their unique role in the order of creation.

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Architecture at the Quigley Center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The far left statue looks like St. Paul; the middle one St. Thomas More and the far right one St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

While dining with sinners, Jesus was dreaming of their becoming saints.

Ike Reighard

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “in the Old Testament, God ordained or permitted the making of images that pointed symbolically toward salvation by the incarnate Word: so it was with the bronze serpent, the ark of the covenant, and the cherubim” (CCC 2130).

Thanks for Reading.

Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

A larger collection of photographs can be viewed on my portfolio.


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Author: Catholic Men Chicago Southland

Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) fosters Catholic Men in personal holiness to make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives, and sponsor of the Bishop Perry Catholic Chicago Men's Forum. CMCS is Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of Chicago. Executive Director, Frank J. Casella Vision: To Nurture Catholic Men's Spirituality in the Chicago Southland

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