Manhood Monday: Our First Ministry

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

From Today’s Readings:

Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin

Alleluia  MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

[4:2325] This summary of Jesus’ ministry concludes the narrative part of the first book of Matthew’s gospel (Mt 34). The activities of his ministry are teaching, proclaiming the gospel, and healing; cf. Mt 9:35.

The time we spend with our family should never be a second thought. It should always be our first thought. ….it is our first ministry.  As husbands and fathers Jesus said we are the priest of our homes, and as dads our job is to get our family members to heaven.

“The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.” CCC 1666 and here.

St. Paul said: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church ….. this is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.” Eph. 5:25-32

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team

Frank’s Photo of the Week

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

When I see this moment of hands reaching out to God in prayer, in community, it illustrates to me the outword expression of the inner faith of a community of prayers, in belief of what is hoped for.

Said another way, sometimes, when we don’t have answers or can’t provide a soulution, praying to God and trusting Him in faith has proven to do what we can not. In His time and not in ours.

God wants us to depend on Him, and Loves us to the point to provide us the freedom to make that decision.

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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The Value of Hope

By Frank J Casella


As I go through my daily life the Lord is showing me more and more how everyone is in search of hope. The economy, employment, world affairs, policies and programs, health care, religion and politics, to name a few. 

All of these bring concern and cause us to look for a sense of hope. One thing I’m seeing since the big tax cut talked about in Washington, is businesses talking about more prosperity, and utilities talking about lowering pricing. But I’ve not met anyone who is experiencing this … in their pockets … yet they have much hope for when it starts to take effect. 

Some people say that the problems of the world have to do with racism, or intolerance of one kind or another. There seems to be a dividing line between people who have faith in God, and others who say faith in God is a distraction and only causes more problems to expectations or progress. 

The people I watch who do prison ministry say that over ninety percent of the men in prison have a broken relationship with their fathers. This is the root of their anger. Ministers find that when these men reconcile with their fathers, or if their fathers are not living to prayerfully and truthfully forgive them, that these men start on the path of hope towards inner peace and less anger. They no longer express anger through their actions.

Hope is so valuable to our lives, two of the many examples happens to be one of the most downloaded shows of the Zig Ziglar podcasts. It’s also one of the most used words or topics on the Seth Godin blog.

Pope Francis says of hope,

“We must help one another … in the many needs of everyday life, but also when we are in need of hope. “

And this brings me to my childhood, when I didn’t talk much and was thus studying people and behaviors. How I saw then the way people were searching for hope, and how today the purpose for my pictures (as a photographer) and how I co-founded this Catholic apostolate to men.  

This is what I call my ‘why’.

… When I help others to find hope, and see it living in the soul of their eyes, it gives me hope in the many needs of everyday life. Priceless!

Has anyone ever asked you “what is your ‘why'”??  If so, what do you tell them?  Also, what is your hope or what gives you hope in life?

Frank J Casella is a photographer, and co-founder of the Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum, and Catholic Men Chicago Southland