Manhood Monday: Firstfruits of a New Creation

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia JAS 1:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

* [1:18] Acceptance of the gospel message, the word of truth, constitutes new birth (Jn 3:56) and makes the recipient the firstfruits (i.e., the cultic offering of the earliest grains, symbolizing the beginning of an abundant harvest) of a new creation; cf. 1 Cor 15:20Rom 8:23.

For just as the Church cannot survive without the sacramental priesthood, so too, the father is an essential element of a healthy family. Fathers have a significant spiritual impact on their (and all men with) children precisely because of their unique role in the order of creation.

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Architecture at the Quigley Center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The far left statue looks like St. Paul; the middle one St. Thomas More and the far right one St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

While dining with sinners, Jesus was dreaming of their becoming saints.

Ike Reighard

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “in the Old Testament, God ordained or permitted the making of images that pointed symbolically toward salvation by the incarnate Word: so it was with the bronze serpent, the ark of the covenant, and the cherubim” (CCC 2130).

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: Why It’s Important to Know What You Believe

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

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Alleluia   Jn 15:26b, 27a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
and you also will testify.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

If you know what you believe and if you believe what you believe, it follows that you must share what you believe with others. The prophet Jeremiah “could not hold it in” (Jer 20:9)

“If we want others to do more than just know about Jesus we need to do more than just tell the story, we need to LIVE the glory!  Unknown author

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘At the Heart of Everything‘ – Copyright 2015 Frank J Casella

My late father often said the words, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. This is why it’s important to know what we believe.  In fact, even an atheist knows what he believes.. That he doesn’t believe in God or Jesus … or the Eucharist.

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Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Being a Disciple of Jesus

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

[14:6] The truth: in John, the divinely revealed reality of the Father manifested in the person and works of Jesus. The possession of truth confers knowledge and liberation from sin (Jn 8:32).

“Truth be told, however, Jesus doesn’t want our admiration of him. He wants our discipleship. There’s a difference. Simply, admiring Jesus Christ will not get you saved. Being a disciple of Jesus demands a conscientious, calculated, intentional and determined commitment made to Him and his counsel.”

Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

When I saw this moment in time, of a plow in a garden with a chair, it reminded me of my favorite verse from the Bible. Luke 9:62 – “Jesus Said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God”.

What this means to me is like when a farmer plows a field they must be committed to the task to reap the fruit of their labor. Likewise, Jesus in this scripture speaks of the seriousness, and the unconditional nature, of Christian Discipleship. That we must be committed to, and not distracted from, the proclaiming of the Kingdom of God, no matter how briefly.

So then looking at this picture, and the illumination from the morning sun, it’s as if the Holy Spirit is shining on this field with the plow. That there is no time to rest when it’s time to plow.

A picture with a good reminder that God is with us through our work in this world.

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Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: How to Know the Truth

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

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia JN 8:31B-32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Sin is doing what we want without God. 

Freedom is not about doing what we want, rather to have the ability to do the right thing.

But how do we know how to keep from sin, and to do the right thing? 

God’s Word.

The only way to ‘Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man’ is to know the truth with discipleship in Christ

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Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: ‘Backyard Morning in the Fall‘ by Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved

Each of the seasons bring with it elements and details of art created by God.

Life is too short, and the scenes of Fall colors from this year will be different next year, as they are different from last year.

Often times I feel that God is just waiting for us to show up to take part in the moment with Him.

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Make it a great week. See you here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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