Manhood Monday: Why It’s Important to Know What You Believe

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Alleluia   Jn 15:26b, 27a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
and you also will testify.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

If you know what you believe and if you believe what you believe, it follows that you must share what you believe with others. The prophet Jeremiah “could not hold it in” (Jer 20:9)

“If we want others to do more than just know about Jesus we need to do more than just tell the story, we need to LIVE the glory!  Unknown author

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘At the Heart of Everything‘ – Copyright 2015 Frank J Casella

My late father often said the words, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. This is why it’s important to know what we believe.  In fact, even an atheist knows what he believes.. That he doesn’t believe in God or Jesus … or the Eucharist.

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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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Manhood Monday: Jesus Christ Has Destroyed Death

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time.

Alleluia 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.

Jesus Christ has destroyed death. This fact changes everything. Without that, religion has no power. This is a very succinct summation of the Gospels.

Redemption from sin and the call to holiness of life are not won by personal deeds but are freely and graciously bestowed according to God’s eternal plan.

“It may appear to be something of a riddle. The stamp left on us by the popular culture is a mixed experience. We are drawn to the this-worldly in all its allurements. We are made to think that all that is popular is also good precisely because it is American and free and affordable or legal. We know we can be deceived as well as our children and grandchildren can be deceived. So, we come to church for direction to put all things in proper perspective so that the road-map to the kingdom can remain for us clear and uncluttered. It is a wise man who can sort out the goodness of the world from the evil the world generates.” ~ Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Believe’ Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella on Fine Art Aerica

There are several ways to believe. We can believe in ourselves or someone else. We can believe in a certain way to do something. We can also believe In what others tell us.

The important thing for me is when I believe that it’s my own thinking, and not what another person wants me to beleive. Sometimes, when I do this I can feel all alone.

So, there needs to be, I have found, a source for your convictions. A measuring stick if you will. That source for me is Jesus Christ — not because we live in a Christan nation or that the majority still believes in Christianity.

Rather because the words and actions of Jesus are proven, and have impacted my life to the point of that is what I beleive. Jesus also brings us to a form of independence. …

Those who live contrary to the designs and plans of God are courting destruction and Death — not simply the death of the body, but the death of the soul.

Living in a way contrary to the purposes of our human nature made in the image of God inevitably leads to suffering and mourning. The lies we tell ourselves, and those we accept from our culture, lead to ever more complex justifications which inevitably damage our spiritual health, sending us into spirals of sin which further blind us.

Such justification with out repentance ultimately leads to destruction. It is only by loving God’s truth more than human praise that we can come to true repentance, which frees us to live in accord with God’s purposes revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the perfect image of God.

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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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

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


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Click here to learn about the annual Bishop Perry’s Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum held on the Saturday after Easter each year. All men from around the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond are invited to attend.