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CMCS Manhood Monday
Your weekly dose of "Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man".
September 28, 2020

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Prayerful Discernment and Action
From Today's Readings:

Alleluia  MK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

We should not abandon God when we face trials; we should cling to Him even stronger.  Prayerful discernment, and action of, Bishop Perry’s Virtues of a Catholic Man (PDF) will bring peace and stability to your life, marriage, and/or family.  

Commit to live one Virtue at a time before you move to the next towards “LIving the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.  

The Virtues of a Catholic Man
By Bishop Joseph N. Perry

A Catholic man has some sense of what or whom he would die for if necessary.

A Catholic man passes his faith to his children and sees to their religious education.

A Catholic man informs himself about his faith, reads Scripture, select

Catholic literature, and studies the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

A Catholic man insures that there are sacred symbols in his household, such as, a crucifix(es), Bible, use of sacramentals such as the Advent wreath, Christmas cre`che, etc.

A Catholic man leads prayer in his household at significant domestic

events, such as, birth, Baptism, graduation, marriage, illness, death, and other special meals and events with use of a passage from Scripture or other Catholic sources.

A Catholic man practices presence with his wife and children.

A Catholic man invests himself in some project or apostolate at the parish or diocesan level.

A Catholic man is faithful to his wife, his children, his Church and his friends, indeed all his commitments.

Frank's Photo of the Week
Photo: Good Speed

Good Speed - considered a good cycling speed. 

I know nothing about a bike race, but notice how some participants ride together in clusters, while others go solo.

Life itself can be like a race, to accomplish our goals before we leave this earth.  Do we go with the crowd or do our own things.

It’s a balance I think, and sometimes we just need to ride along as we wait for others. ... and speed up as they wait for us.

God’s will and ways have always included a fair share of mystery.  A spiritual director told me years ago to beware of those who claim to know God’s perfect will for every detail of life – especially for your life.

Many Saints endured setbacks and confusion as they pursued God with their whole hearts.  Even when everything around us seems to be changing, we can trust that Christ’s heart, His purposes, and His love for us are still as strong as ever.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” 

Hebrews 13:8  


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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