From Today’s Readings:
Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Alleluia MT 5:10
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Righteousness here, as usually in Matthew, means conduct in conformity with God’s will.
“God sustains the world, in good times and in bad. Catholics, along with many others, believe that only one person has overcome and rescued history: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, savior of the world and head of his body, the church. Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. Those who lie about him and persecute or harass his followers in any age might imagine they are bringing something new to history, but they inevitably end up ringing the changes on the old human story of sin and oppression. There is nothing “progressive” about sin, even when it is promoted as “enlightened.
The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It’s on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters. The Synod on the New Evangelization is taking place in Rome this month because entire societies, especially in the West, have placed themselves on the wrong side of history.”The late Francis Cardinal George – from “The Power of the Cross for Catholic Men”
God bless your day.
Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)
Frank’s Photo of the Week
“Effective fathers do not create robot sons who merely repeat verbatim what has been drilled into them. Rather, an effective father transmits wisdom right into his son’s core, enabling him to feel and act, to speak and judge with wisdom and righteousness.” It is not easy to transmit this heritage of wisdom; a father must be close, gentle but firm with his children.Pope Francis (February 8th, 2015) – from ‘Called To Holiness – Tools For The Catholic 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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