Manhood Monday: Being Light Through the Gospel

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Consider the deplorable conditions of life and political turmoil and crime that result in the massive trek of people from their homelands looking for relief and safety and a future for their children. We think of the children in cities across the country when they explode in racially charged violence. We think of Christian communities in Syria and Iraq who are remembered for their founding back in the days of St. Paul, but are today destroyed by unconscionable acts of fanaticism. We think of Bethlehem where the Christ savior was born mandated as a ghetto populated by a people who trace their lineage to Christ’s ancestors but who are pushed to the margins of society. All of this begs for prayer and a Christian voice. ….

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your faith and hope, your sober words of calm in the midst of conflict and mistaken reference. Thank you for your generosity so eloquently evident with various causes and programs that lift people to see more clearly the light of Christ in their lives.

From the 2015 CMCS archives by Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)

Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘In Daddy’s Arms‘ Copyright 2012 Frank J Casella

Instead of death and sorrow, let us bring peace and joy to the world. To do this we must beg God for His gift of peace and learn to love and accept each other as brothers and sisters, children of God. We know that the best place for children to learn how to love and to pray is in the family, by seeing the love and prayer of their mother and father. When families are broken or disunited, many children grow up not knowing how to love and pray. A country where many families have been destroyed like this will have many problems. I have often seen, especially in the rich countries, how children turn to drugs or other things to escape feeling unloved and rejected.

But when families are strong and united, children can see God’s special love in the love of their father and mother and can grow to make their country a loving and prayerful place. The child is God’s best gift to the family and needs both mother and father because each one shows God’s love in a special way. The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace.

– Saint ( Mother ) Teresa

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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CMCS-Men Are Pro-Life

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
— Saint (Mother) Teresa

My wife and I have three children. One of them we lost to Miscarriage. I still hold the pain from that loss, since 1997, and long to meet my child when, if God allows, I reach Heaven. With this, I can only imagine the pain men feel when the women whom we impregnate decide to abort the child. US. laws remove the father from this decision. Men are needed to conceive a child, yet our involvement is not considered until usually after that child is born.

Ninety percent of women said they would not choose abortion if the man in their life was supportive of their pregnancy. So if men fulfilled their role of protector and provider, abortion could be reduced by 90% even without a change in the law.

Knowing that is it any wonder the devil attacks authentic masculinity with such vengeance? Abortion is not just a woman’s issue … it is equally and probably more a man’s issue as their influence is critical.

Real men .. CMCS-Men … respect, protect, and provide.

This is one way our motto is “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”. The example of one good man helps form other good men.

Which brings me to the point on what us, as Catholic men, can do to protect women, and the unborn who have no voice: Lead by example.

Support the sanctity of life, and then live our own march for life in our own home with our own family. Our own families are hurting and falling apart. When we love our wives and children, and they see this, they too learn to love and respect children.

This action alone makes a tremendous impression on the community when they see a man loved by his wife and children. Because he first loves them. Dad’s do make an important impact on the family and the community.

All of this reminds me when I was Grand Knight with my local Council of the the Knights of Columbus, and how we said at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance .. “With liberty and justice for all .. born and the unborn”.

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