Manhood Monday: Faithful In the Journey

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia PS 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

* [Psalm 95] Twice the Psalm calls the people to praise and worship God (Ps 95:126), the king of all creatures (Ps 95:35) and shepherd of the flock (Ps 95:7a7b). The last strophe warns the people to be more faithful than were their ancestors in the journey to the promised land (Ps 95:7c11). This invitation to praise God regularly opens the Church’s official prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours.

When we stand before God, we will be accountable for our own lives, not for our ancestors

Reverend Franklin Graham

So many children are growing up in broken families, which causes great trauma. The devil loves to attach to our traumas and cause us to do things we don’t really want to do. That is why healing is such an important piece of what the world needs today. Without healing, these traumas get passed on from one generation to the next and they get worse. I believe that broken marriages and fatherlessness, which causes deep trauma, is the root cause for many of our societal ills today.

Fr. Burke Masters

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)

Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘The Door of our Hearts‘ – Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella

No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.

Woodro Wilson

Many of us lock the front doors to our houses, but do we do the same with our hearts?

When we fail to be open and welcoming, we fall to legalism and judgement, to name a few.

The paradox of leadership, both in the workplace and at home, is to ask what it means to be servants of those under us.

When we take the time to do the most humble tasks, we become a better leader, and find ourselves in the process.

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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The ‘Presence’ That Keeps on Giving

By ‘being there,’ dads give their families a great gift

By Bill Dodds

My dad wasn’t big on giving advice, but he was a star when it came to living advice. This became clear to me recently when my thoughts turned to my childhood and my father after reading Pope Francis’ two talks on fatherhood. Both are part of the pontiff’s series on the family in preparation for the World Meeting of Families this September in Philadelphia.

Dad never said, “This is how to be a good husband and a good father.” He demonstrated how it was done. He was a good husband. A good father. A good man.

Pope Francis would have liked my dad, and vice versa. Francis’ advice to fathers would have resonated with my father, just as it resonates with me today. Here are a few of my favorite teachings from two addresses the pope gave.

His first talk was on how fathers aren’t as domineering as they were in the past but now, too often, they are absent. The second talk zeroes in on the essentials of being a good father.

via The ‘Presence’ That Keeps on Giving | Fathers for Good.



Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked

In a world where many children grow up without one parent or the other, it is perceived as ill-mannered to ask a question like the title of Paul Raeburn’s book: Do Fathers Matter? Many people dismiss this question as irrelevant, not worth asking, or even offensive.

To illustrate this point, journalist Raeburn begins his survey of the social and behavioral sciences regarding fathers with a striking anecdote. He was attending a writers’ conference and making conversation with another participant. When he told the woman the title of his book, she responded, “Well, of course they don’t” (15). As a single mother, she may have felt threatened by what Raeburn was learning about the importance of fathers.

more via Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked « For Your Marriage.