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

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


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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

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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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

Taking it all in stride

God’s will is that we depend on Him.

Taking things in your stride means, as you go along the bumpy road of life, which most people will inevitably experience, you endeavor not to let the more challenging events you encounter blow you off course.

Much of the strength I get to take things in stride is through my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. Just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I don’t have problems. In fact, I probably have more. Because people it seems test you to see the power of your belief.

Anger, worry, struggles and the like are revelations that things are not going our way, and that we are not in control of everything. When I take things in stride, and wait on God and meet Him where He is at work (in my life), it’s always amazing how things unfold and come together in ways that I could never do myself.

Try it. Pray for your circumstances. Ask God to show you what to do. Wait for the answer. Don’t take it back … just wait … in HIS time not yours. You will see.

God’s will is that we depend on Him. So keep it all in perspective and take in all in stride.

Frank J Casella