Manhood Monday: Living the Word

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia  HB 4:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The word of God is living and effective,
able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Are we willing to place our lives in the care of the God who created us out of love? Or do we know better than God about our needs?

Here are some ways to support living as a Practicing Catholic Man right now today:

Prayer:  Ten minutes each day, tell Jesus how much you love him, and make time to listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you.

Reading:  Subscribe to a daily Catholic devotional or read your Bible.  Tip: Ask God to speak to you, and then open the Bible and start reading the first thing that jumps off the page at you. IT WORKS!!

Virtues:  Read Bishop Perry’s Virtues of a Catholic Man.  Work on one at a time, but make it a goal to work on them.  Okay, some guys don’t like goals, so look at them as solving a problem (to grow in virtue).

Support:  Join or start a Parish Small Men’s Group. Join the CMCS Blog community and make comments (“Follow” here). Be at the next Bishop’s Men’s Forum each year on the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

Click here for the full list of points.

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: Copyright 2014 Frank J Casella on Fine Art America Prints | Cards

Whatever your challenges are today, remember to take baby steps towards your goals. Ask God to show you the way. Then let Him.

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: A Change of Heart

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia  Mk 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

With repent, John the Baptist calls for a change of heart and conduct, a turning of one’s life from rebellion to obedience towards the gospel of God: not only the good news from God but about God at work in Jesus Christ.

Repent, yes.

Believe, yes.

But a different kind of obedience; rather Jesus invites by saying, follow me. He wants us to want to do it, his will, not ours; out of love

It is not only important for us to repent and believe, but then to be ambassadors of the faith through our actions, of God’s promises. All true repentance begins in the heart, and only God can give us a new heart.

God bless your week.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘At the Heart of Everything’ Copyright 2015 Frank J Casella on Fine Art America
Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich, makes time for Holy Adoration before Mass at Infant Jesus of Prague Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Draw Near to God

God is love, and invites us to draw near to Him. So that we can be illuminated with His Light, and allow Him to remove the fog we often have with finding our purpose.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds.”

James 4:8

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Ministering to a Great Multitude

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The theme from the readings for today, in 1 John 4:1 it says, “Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Those who fail to acknowledge Jesus Christ in the flesh are false prophets and belong to the antichrist. Even though these false prophets are well received in the world, the Christian who belongs to God has a greater power in the truth.

In other words, only Jesus was given by God the power to heal, and the more time we spend to know God, the more we can tell when someone is not of God.  The more we know God, the more God can heal us and those Jesus sends into our lives  … through our example and through prayer.

God bless your day.

The CMCS Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

‘Bird Walking on the Line’ Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella on Fine Art America

A Pigeon runs over the yellow safety line on a train platform in Chicago, Illinois.

In life, there are times when we need to draw the line if nothing else than for our own health and safety.

Whether it’s the noise of the news media, or the internet in general, or politics, it’s important to know where we stand or we’ll fall for anything.

We build strong character and peace of mind when we stay on our side of the line that we draw for ourselves.

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: The Authority of Jesus

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Alleluia  PS 85:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us, LORD, your love,
and grant us your salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

From today’s Gospel in Matthew [21:27], since through embarrassment on the one hand and fear on the other the religious authorities claim ignorance of the origin of John’s baptism, they show themselves incapable of speaking with authority; hence Jesus refuses to discuss with them the grounds of his authority.

As Catholic men, how important is it for us to respect authority?  What type of leadership do we have with others, in the community, at work, with our family?  In order for us to expect authority, we have to first respect others authority.

Jesus commands authority because he is submissive to the will of the Father, and thus his holiness is magnetic.  He is not on his own agenda.  For example, if you work for a company and practice your own authority, usually you won’t work there very long. Likewise, with your family, if you are a dictator instead of a servant leader, then you show yourself incapable of respecting authority.

One purpose of Advent is to bring us back to God, and to foster renewal for the mission of our salvation through the Christ Child. Because when men put God first all else falls into place.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘When Men Put God First‘ Copyright Frank J Casella. Prints | Cards

“See, our vision is very clear. Really, one of the biggest challenges we have, as an apostolate, has been casting this vision and trusting God that it would land with church leaders — that when you nurture Catholic Men’s spirituality, and foster men in holiness, everybody wins

…… there are others who are going to benefit.

For CMCS, we know that when you foster a Man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes can create a upstanding man, husband, or father, and this impact can be felt for three generations

…. and everybody wins.”

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: The Women Among Us

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia  See Lk 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

In the Gospel reading for today, [1:3637] The sign given to Mary in confirmation of the angel’s announcement to her is the pregnancy of her aged relative Elizabeth. If a woman past the childbearing age could become pregnant, why, the angel implies, should there be doubt about Mary’s pregnancy, for nothing will be impossible for God.

Mary’s womb is known by the Church as the First Tabernacle, for her saying ‘Yes” and believing in the impossible. God needed a woman first to bring His plan of salvation into the world.  

This is why us men should place our own mothers and wives and daughters in the rightful place of honor and respect, and pray the Lord be with them and bless them among women.  Do you think this would bring a new light or perspective in your relationships with them?

The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank account, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the ‘love account’.

Zig Ziglar

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘True Prosperity’ Copyright 2011 Frank J Casella

True Prosperity

When we walk in the way that we should go, and treat others the way we would like to be treated, we find true prosperity.

Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Preparing for Salvation

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia  SEE PS 80:4

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come and save us, LORD our God;
let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

In today’s Gospel it reads: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

We pray this prayer every time that we worship at Mass. It is a prayer of faith and trust in the Lord.

When we let people under our roof, or into our home, they come to know more of who we are. How much more, then, Jesus Christ!  What religious subjects do you have in your home that tells of who you are?

Likewise, inviting the Lord under our roof could mean also to open up to Him our own lives. A way that our lives can be a work in progress, as men, is to humble ourselves to receive the Lord’s blessings that we may be saved.

This Advent, allow God’s vision of peace to inspire you: be vigilant and attentive, and be prepared.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

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Photo: ‘Let There Be Peace On Earth‘ Copyright Frank J Casella Prints | Cards

This war torn world needs healing.

More personal, though, under our own roof we all need healing of some kind.

I have found that when we look to the Lord for the healing of others, somehow it affects our own healing.

A simple prayer:

Come and save us, LORD our God;

Let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Let there be peace on earth. Let it begin with me.

PS 80:4

Thanks for Reading.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Living a Blessed Life

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia MT 24:42A, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The widow is another example of the poor ones in the Gospel today whose detachment from material possessions and dependence on God leads to their blessedness (Lk 6:20). Her simple offering provides a striking contrast to the pride and pretentiousness of the scribes denounced in the preceding section (Lk 20:45–47). 

Likewise, in the scripture verse above, the theme of vigilance and readiness is continued with the bold comparison of the Son of Man to a thief who comes to break into a house.

Do you remember not too long ago when the average person would work for the same company for two or more decades?  It still happens, but not that often. More like eighteen months to three years.

Our paycheck, and identity, and thus possessions, can be taken from us like a thief unless we stay awake with readiness. It is best to be detached from these, and work to truly make Jesus the center of our lives.  And this is the meaning behind the CMCS logo, with the four letters surrounding the crucifix – Christ as Center.

Dependence on God leads to blessedness. It’s not about our good intentions to love God, but how much we offer to Christ to fill our hearts, and He possesses our thoughts and actions, every minute of the day and night.

The CMCS-Team

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Frank’s Photo of the Week

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Photo: ‘In All Circumstances Give Thanks‘ Copyright Frank J Casella Prints | Cards

A Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue in a church hallway, silhouetted by window light.

“Failure is an event, not a person”. – Zig Ziglar

We either succeed or we learn.

When I sit in the presence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and give thanks for life and every breath I take, I realize how much it’s more about the big picture of things and less about me.

“In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thes. 5:18

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Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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