From Today’s Readings:
Monday of Holy Week
Verse Before The Gospel Jn 12:1-11
Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our faults.
God bless “Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.” your day.Saint (Mother) Teresa, quoted in ‘No Greater Love’ edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos
Frank’s Photo of the Week
Growing up as the fourth of five children and the child of parents who owned a prominent business in the community, Casella Custom Draperies (later Dorothy’s Custom Draperies), I had a name to live up to. I was reminded all of my life while living at home what a Casella does and doesn’t do. People in the community would often tell my parents of their interaction with us kids, especially when my mom was measuring their windows. Because of this I have become proud to be a Casella, but more important the name that I and my family bring to Jesus Christ. For Christ and the Church was and is the foundation of our family. Below are some ways that we, as Catholic men, can live up to the virtues that Jesus modeled for us during His earthly ministry.
During this Holy Week, may we commit ourselves to living “in the name of the Lord.”
14 Ways To Becoming The Man God Calls You To Be
- Admit your weaknesses and limitations, while finding strength in faith and genuine love to overcome your sins and faults.
- Men need confession regularly. Also, ask your wife and children for forgiveness when you fail them.
- Learn what being a real man is all about, study and live-out the Virtues of a Catholic Man.
- Be leery of the demonic influences which destroys men and their homes.
- Be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength. Persevere and don’t quit.
- Focus on the right goal, live as a beloved son of God, and be a man that can become a saint.
- Acknowledge one’s faults and live according to the Holy Spirit. Trust in and live God’s agenda, and not in your own human understanding.
- Appreciate properly the differences between men and women, and how God made you to be a gift to each other.
- Be a man of true love and of wisdom, pursue holiness, and make a difference in the world.
- Be a roll model to your children, so they don’t have to look elsewhere for a mentor. Bring them to the pew on Sunday, and encourage this when they are out on their own.
- True manliness is not opposed to love but thrives on it, and knows the place of sexuality for the unmarried man as well as for the married man.
- Maintain your children’s trust by how you love their mother. Date your daughters, example to them what to expect from a man.
- Catch your kids doing something right.
- Develop a relationship with Christ that reveals your meaning and identity as a man.
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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