Manhood Monday: Being Light Through the Gospel

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Consider the deplorable conditions of life and political turmoil and crime that result in the massive trek of people from their homelands looking for relief and safety and a future for their children. We think of the children in cities across the country when they explode in racially charged violence. We think of Christian communities in Syria and Iraq who are remembered for their founding back in the days of St. Paul, but are today destroyed by unconscionable acts of fanaticism. We think of Bethlehem where the Christ savior was born mandated as a ghetto populated by a people who trace their lineage to Christ’s ancestors but who are pushed to the margins of society. All of this begs for prayer and a Christian voice. ….

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your faith and hope, your sober words of calm in the midst of conflict and mistaken reference. Thank you for your generosity so eloquently evident with various causes and programs that lift people to see more clearly the light of Christ in their lives.

From the CMCS archives by Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘In Daddy’s Arms‘ Copyright 2012 Frank J Casella

Instead of death and sorrow, let us bring peace and joy to the world. To do this we must beg God for His gift of peace and learn to love and accept each other as brothers and sisters, children of God. We know that the best place for children to learn how to love and to pray is in the family, by seeing the love and prayer of their mother and father. When families are broken or disunited, many children grow up not knowing how to love and pray. A country where many families have been destroyed like this will have many problems. I have often seen, especially in the rich countries, how children turn to drugs or other things to escape feeling unloved and rejected.

But when families are strong and united, children can see God’s special love in the love of their father and mother and can grow to make their country a loving and prayerful place. The child is God’s best gift to the family and needs both mother and father because each one shows God’s love in a special way. The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace.

– Saint ( Mother ) Teresa

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 Importance of Church, and the Sunday Mass

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

From Today’s Readings:

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Alleluia MT 16:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus’ church means the community that he will gather and that, like a building, will have Peter as its solid foundation. That function of Peter consists in his being witness to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God. The gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it: the netherworld (Greek Hadēs, the abode of the dead) is conceived of as a walled city whose gates will not close in upon the church of Jesus, i.e., it will not be overcome by the power of death.

From the CMCS Video Archive: Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, reflects on the importance of Sunday Mass to Catholic men and their families. Bishop Perry oversees Catholic Men Chicago Southland, an Apostolate that works to encourage Catholic men to grow spiritually and to bring Christ into their daily lives. This reflection was recorded in Saint James Chapel during the Year of Sunday Mass.

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Truth & Freedom:

Words of John Paul The Great from World Youth Day 1999 in St. Louis: “True freedom is a wonderful gift from God, and it has been a cherished part of your country’s history. But when freedom is separated from truth, individuals lose their moral direction and the very fabric of society begins to unravel.

Freedom is not the ability to do anything we want, whenever we want. Rather, freedom is the ability to live responsibly the truth of our relationship with God and with one another. Remember what Jesus said: “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Let no one mislead you or prevent you from seeing what really matters. Turn to Jesus, listen to him, and discover the true meaning and direction of your lives.”

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Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: To Judge Wisely and Discern Truthfully

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time.

Alleluia HEB 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.

O dear Lord, thou didst suffer in no ordinary way but unheard of and extreme torments. Indeed your agony still cries from the streets where we labor. This is the truth of the Gospel which has shaped my vision and my hope for all that is meaningful to me. You are the one foundation, Jesus Christ crucified. I know it O Lord, I believe it and I place this faith steadily before my eyes and heart. …


… I cannot do this task alone. All I know is that I am in sore need of your guidance and direction that I may judge wisely and discern truthfully; that especially in times of danger I may offer my life to you and for others and that in face of genuine encounters with the virtue of citizens I may praise them and be for them myself a symbol of honor and justice.

Bishop Joseph Perry – Prayer Of One Who Serves As A Member Of The Police

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Keep Going’ – Copyright 2016 Frank J Casella

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Frank J Casella,
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Dear Friends and Followers of Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS),

The gospel of John (13) gives us a small clue to the financial needs Jesus and his apostles incurred with the ministry. There was a purse, undoubtedly supplied by the donations of sympathizers and friends who supported Jesus and his apostles as they traveled up and down the roads of Palestine spreading the Good News. That purse was kept by Judas, who unfortunately, turned traitor (John 18). Nonetheless, we are reminded that ministry has its expenses. Not that this is the focus of spreading the Word of God, but also in our modern world there are expenditures connected with ministry. And we strive to keep those modest and accountable to those who generously support what we do to make the Lord better known by others.

What can you give to keep the purse of CMCS functional to deliver that WORD that changes your life?

What price can anyone place on the Lord’s message?

~ Bishop Joseph Perry, CMCS Episcopal Liaison and Co-Founder

Manhood Monday: How to Keep Your Faith Burning

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia  PS 119:105

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”

Saint (Mother) Teresa

To keep our Faith burning we have to keep putting work/effort in it.

“faith without works is dead.” James 2:26

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Scout’s Pancake Breakfast – Black and White Photograph Copyright Frank J Casella

“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.”

“The more you are grateful for what you have the more you will have to be grateful for”

“Do more than you are being paid to do, and you’ll eventually be paid more for what you do.”

“A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.”

― Zig Ziglar, Top Performance

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Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Dear Friends and Followers of Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS),

The gospel of John (13) gives us a small clue to the financial needs Jesus and his apostles incurred with the ministry. There was a purse, undoubtedly supplied by the donations of sympathizers and friends who supported Jesus and his apostles as they traveled up and down the roads of Palestine spreading the Good News. That purse was kept by Judas, who unfortunately, turned traitor (John 18). Nonetheless, we are reminded that ministry has its expenses. Not that this is the focus of spreading the Word of God, but also in our modern world there are expenditures connected with ministry. And we strive to keep those modest and accountable to those who generously support what we do to make the Lord better known by others.

What can you give to keep the purse of CMCS functional to deliver that WORD that changes your life?

What price can anyone place on the Lord’s message?

~ Bishop Joseph Perry, CMCS Episcopal Liaison and Co-Founder

Manhood Monday: The Love of God, for us, and for Humanity

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia MATTHEW 5:12A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad;
for your reward will be great in heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

“There are many ways to describe Catholic manhood – faithful, honest, virtuous – but let’s start with the most basic.

A Catholic man is a man who loves. That may sound simple or trite, but only because the word “love” has been so devalued through overuse and outright misuse. ….

The words of Jesus Christ, as he contemplates the Cross, are a model of Catholic manhood, the definition of Catholic love.

The love that Jesus expresses is the love of a Father, his own heavenly Father. We all know the “John 3:16” signs held up from the stands at ball games, and we may roll our eyes at those “fundamentalists.” But what does that particular verse say?

“For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son … that the world might be saved through him.” We’re talking about the love of God the Father for us, for humanity! This is very personal, very real, the essence of our purpose and mission in life.

Jesus Christ is the perfect expression – the full embodiment – of the Father’s love, and he passes on this love to us. “This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you …” (John 15:12). …

… A Catholic man is one who is sent on the mission of love that comes through Christ from the Father.”

Brian Caulfield

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Lakefront Vibe City of Chicago’ Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella

Jesus made our giving possible because He became our vine. If we remain in Him, we can bear fruit from Him to give to others with a servant heart. Because we have been served, we can now serve as Jesus did, and live the goodness of a Catholic man.

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Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Mary, Mother of the Church

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

From Today’s Readings:

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church,
you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

“As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved.  (Lumen Gentium, no. 53)

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.” The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.”

~ US Conference of Catholic Bishops

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Our Lady and the Catholic Church‘ Copyright 2013 Frank J Casella

Today the Church is celebrating a memorial that was instituted by Pope Francis in 2018 – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. It is celebrated each year on the day after Pentecost, which is the birth of her mission. Why is Mary the Mother of the Church? She was with the disciples in the upper room when the Holy Spirit descended upon them.

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Our Birthright As Christians

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Alleluia   COL 3:1

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 [3:14] By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (Col 3:12). They have died to these; but one day when Christ…appears, they will live with Christ in the presence of God (Col 3:34).

“The gospel is often called the Good News. But many of us receive it as though it were bad news.  We act as if being Christian prevents us from having friends. But the joy of the gospel, the good news of Jesus’ resurrection is our birthright as Christians.  We own the patent to the story!”

Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team

PS. Catholic Cemeteries will broadcast Memorial Day Masses online this Monday at 8:30 a.m. Information here, and will be available for viewing at https://www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Liberty for All’ – Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella
Prayer for Memorial Day

God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons
      and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

More Prayers for Those in Military Service

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

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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