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Welcome to our newsletter from Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS)! Since 2004, we have been dedicated to reminding men of the goodness of a Catholic man and helping them to be holy and courageous, improve their marriages, be better fathers, grow in virtue, and serve others generously. Join us in living the mission of personal holiness and making Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives.
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By Frank J Casella
 Encountering the Living Christ
For those of you who have been following my articles, you may already know about the numerous car accidents that I have survived. But there is one in particular that stands out, where I encountered Christ in a way that I never have before. It was a terrifying moment, as my car careened towards disaster and in that split second, I screamed out to Jesus for help. And then, something miraculous happened. I could feel two strong hands on my shoulders, firmly holding me down as if protecting me from harm. They stayed with me until the car finally came to a stop, sparing me from certain death. I know that some of you have also experienced a similar divine intervention, perhaps in a different circumstance, and have seen firsthand how God can work in our lives. It is a reminder that through our Baptism, we are called to be the shining Light of Christ in this world. The only question is, how much will we allow Him to participate in our everyday experiences? 
They say life is a constant prayer, and I couldn't agree more. But sometimes I feel like I am undeserving of the endless love of Christ. Yet, in the midst of life's chaos, small miracles happen. From stumbling upon a lost folder to snagging a last-minute parking spot, all it takes is a heartfelt conversation with God and your Guarding Angel. When you live your life as a powerful prayer, with every word spoken from the depths of your soul, something incredible happens. Jesus himself takes notice and transforms your entire existence. Trust me, you'll see.  


As a side note, that car accident was bad enough that in brought me to a NUCCA doctor.  The x-ray showed, among several things, that I had arthritic activity in my neck and vertebrae 6 and 7 where rubbing together.   Now, the most recent x-ray shows the arthritic activity gone and the vertebrae are , as the doctor says, perfect textbook spacing!!  For me, it is all about trusting God to do what only God can do.


Another extraordinary way to encounter the living Christ is through the power of sacrifice. It is in surrendering what we hold dear that we receive blessings beyond our wildest dreams. A prime example of this can be found in my personal journey on The Light Weigh program, where I shed a remarkable 40 pounds. By relinquishing my cravings and enduring redemptive suffering, not only did I shed excess weight, and kept if off, but I also grew in holiness. This incredible transformation was a result of God's abundant blessings when we selflessly give to others. It's about supporting each other on this journey we call life. Be it our time, talents, or treasures, when we open the floodgates of our resources instead of hoarding them, the living Christ works through people and circumstances to make a positive impact in our world.


How is your journey through Lent progressing? Is the sacrifice and transformation you are undergoing leading to a deepening of your holiness? The US Catholic Bishops also encourage us to take advantage of moments during Lent when our friends or colleagues express curiosity about Catholic traditions and symbolism. These are perfect opportunities to spread the good news! Here are six common questions one may encounter during this sacred season and some insightful responses to evangelize with.

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