A Manhood Moment from Frank J Casella.
A Dad's job is to balance out what Mom says, because there is something about the voice of Dad that determines in our children the image they see of themselves as a person and member of society.
In other words, Moms do the nurturing, but it is Dad who provides respect and stability in our families through, not long conversations but, little snippets of (Godly) wisdom.
Happy Father's Day!!
Catholic Men Chicago Southalnd
Bless Our Fathers
Heavenly Father,
Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers
for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.
We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;
for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity;
for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries;
for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.
Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals.
Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes.
Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all.
Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness,
instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.
We ask your blessing on those men who served
as father figures in our lives
when our biological fathers weren't able to do so.
May the love and selflessness they showed us
be returned to them in all their relationships,
and help them to know that their influence
has changed us for the better.
Give new and future fathers the guidance they need
to raise happy and holy children,
grounded in a love for God and other people -
and remind these fathers that treating their wives
with dignity, compassion and respect is
one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.
We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life
have been welcomed into Your loving embrace,
and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom.
In union with St. Joseph,
whom you entrusted with Your Son,
we ask Your generous blessings today and every day.
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The Fruits Of Christ's Redemption

Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Lk 9:11b-17
The Feast of Corpus Christi highlights the most precious gift we have of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, Who is "the source and summit of the Christian life"  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #132). 
In it bread and wine are changed substantially, and under the appearance of a little bread and wine is had Christ Jesus, God and perfect Man. In this sacrament sins are purged away, virtues are increased, the soul is satiated with an abundance of every spiritual gift. No other sacrament is so beneficial. Since it was instituted unto the salvation of all, it is offered by Holy Church for the living and for the dead, that all may share in its treasures.
With the abundance of food left over from the feeding of the twelve baskets, we learn that abundance is found not in power to purchase with money, but in the power of the Lord. And those who give receive back even more extravagantly.
Those who lead and serve can not operate out of power, rather always be conscience of the Lord's power at work in them. Commitment to serve teaches us how much we can learn from those we serve, and from the Lord.  Our Eucharist at Mass is the Center from which all leadership and service must flow. 
May your family to continue to grow in the life of Christ the True Vine. 
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