Manhood Monday: The Holy Spirit Speaking to Us

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia JN 14:26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
and remind you of all I told you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lord,

What will be the right thing for me to persue right now so that I might be and do what you desire for me to be and do?    – Amen.

Pray the above prayer and let God speak to your heart. Close your drapes and make it time with only you and the Lord. When you think you are done and it’s time to leave, that is the point when you are to stay put.  For that is the time when you have ‘drained your brain’ of worldly concerns – talking to God from your human understanding – and are ready to open your ears to listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit speaking to us.  Give it time, and don’t rush it.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not;  In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. 

Proverbs 3: 5 – 6

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Dog Eyes – Copyright 2008 Frank J Casella

When you train your dog with leadership and love, he looks at you with dog eyes of trust and love back.

When you trust in the Lord, that is when God speaks to you through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

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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Stability of a Father

How a Father is like a Godly figure to his children.

father daughter child carry shoulders stability photo people
Stability – A Father is like a tower to a child’s life, a Godly figure of carrying us and being our hero. (Copyright 2013 Frank J Casella on Fine Art America)

I yanked this picture out of my archives, because I think it sends an important message. We need to have pictures like this as examples to carry through the generations. Because the importance of this is taken for granted.

I recently went to a parade with my family. Next to us was a little girl who wanted her dad to lift her up onto his shoulders. But dad refused, several times. The girl looked crushed, as did her mom. You might think because she didn’t get what she waned, but what I saw in her eyes was she wanted her Dad, and she wanted him to save the day and not only let her look down the road at the parade coming, but to carry her and be her source of stability.

Instead, Dad would rather stare at his phone, or put his hands on his wife’s butt. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for these, and a parade with family is not it. The roll of the Father is to set the tone for the household and to get his family to Heaven.

Likewise, my family has a rather old Golden Retriever Dog. He has been though so much we call him The Wonder Dog, and his name is Buddy. When Buddy comes into the house now he has trouble going up the three stairs, we have to lift up his butt to provide support because he can’t do it alone.

This got me to thinking how much God is always there to lift us up with a similar kind of support. How, like Buddy, when we are afraid or can’t do it alone, God is there to lift us up and to trust Him. And the same goes for what we do as dad’s, to lift up our family to provide support and stability … and trust.

This doesn’t matter how much money you make, or what your identity in the world is, when you are a dad you will always be a dad, and your children look up to you as a Godly figure no matter if they tell you this or not.

Frank J Casella