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Liberty For All

May 25th, 2024

Liberty For All

Photo Descripton: A man hands a boy an American flag from his antique car while participating in the Homewood (Illinois) Fourth of July Parade. What made me click the shutter of my camera is the symbolism of passing Liberty from one generation to the next.
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Liberty For All



"We don’t experience true liberty by throwing off all restrictions. We enjoy genuine freedom only in the context of laws. When the laws of a nation are just, reasonable, and good, its citizens know what is expected of them — in traffic, in business, in the community, in the home. And as long as they live within those laws, they prosper. …

The happiest people in the world are those who follow laws — God’s and man’s — and enjoy the liberty obedience gives them."

— From the Book ‘Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Ike Reighard'




Liberty for All is a concept that encompasses the idea of freedom and autonomy for all individuals, regardless of their background, beliefs, or circumstances. It is a fundamental human right that is essential for the well-being and prosperity of individuals and societies.

The concept of liberty for all has its roots in the American Revolution and the Enlightenment era. The idea of individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness was enshrined in the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The concept of liberty for all has since been a cornerstone of American democracy and has inspired similar movements around the world.

Liberty for all is a fundamental human right that is essential for individual freedom and autonomy. While there are many challenges and obstacles that prevent its realization, there are also many organizations and individuals who advocate for liberty for all. By working together, we can create a more just and equitable society where liberty for all is a reality.


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Anguish And Joy

May 11th, 2024

Anguish And Joy

Photo: A Mother's Love by Frank J Casella - A mother shares simple conversation with a young boy by a park fountain. - Click here to purchase - ://pixels.com/featured/a-mothers-love-frank-j-casella.html

Jn 16:20-23
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you."

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/16?20

I think this scripture speaks for itself, in that we we come to appreciate the joys in life from our experiences. In contrast, if we are given everything we want without the 'work' then how can we appreciate fully the joy.

As a man, I can not fully understand the depth of anguish a mother experiences with childbirth. I do appreciate though the joy she brings to the world through it. This is sacrificial love, as she is creating a new life with her body. This to me is what Mother's Day is all about.


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Anguish And Joy

May 11th, 2024

Photo: A Mother's Love by Frank J Casella - A mother shares simple conversation with a young boy by a park fountain. - Click here to purchase - ://pixels.com/featured/a-mothers-love-frank-j-casella.html

Jn 16:20-23
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you."

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/16?20

I think this scripture speaks for itself, in that we we come to appreciate the joys in life from our experiences. In contrast, if we are given everything we want without the 'work' then how can we appreciate fully the joy.

As a man, I can not fully understand the depth of anguish a mother experiences with childbirth. I do appreciate though the joy she brings to the world through it. This is sacrificial love, as she is creating a new life with her body. This to me is what Mother's Day is all about.


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Frank J Casella Digital Connection

May 5th, 2024

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

About:

Frank J Casella - American. Photographer. Catholic. Co-founder. Living in Chicagoland - USA. Pictures speak in ways that words can not. Since I was a kid, I've been perfecting how to put the viewer where my subject is - I call this "Pictures People Listen To".

I've been a Documentary and Stock Photographer since 1988, and Independent Artist and Blogger on Fine Art America since 2013. Though, I've had a camera in my hand since I was a young boy. I produce and sell pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

I'm also co-founder of Bishop Perry's Chicago Catholic Men's Forum, and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland, since 2004. When you foster a Man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes creates a upstanding man, husband, or father, and this impact can be felt for three generations.

I'm a product of Columbia College Chicago and, shortly after, my childhood dream became reality when I was assigned to photograph the ministry of the (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Chicago - the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.

My artwork style is inspired by Norman Rockwell. I'm privileged to be one of many mentored by John H. White - Pulitzer Prize photojournalist.




Life Mission:

My life mission is to share hope and God's Love in the World. 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.” ~ Luke 9:62



Testimonials:

"Frank Casella .... is like an Old World artist, creative yet meticulous, inspired yet careful, in awe of visual beauty yet not afraid to engage it through the lens of his camera. .... Frank Casella's work is what we mean when we say that photography can be an art".

-- Rev. Anthony J. Brankin, Chicago Priest and Sculpture


"Frank, I just wanted to Thank you again for coming to our photo club and your program on visual storytelling. I know we all got something from your presentation. It was a good idea the way you got us involved in your program. ....

.... For myself it was humbling to see how well you can design a moment to last forever. And your sense of getting the essence of the subject, that simple moment. I have a new respect for black and white images and I understand how it can enhance an image. Thank You again Frank it was a privilege for us to have you as a program presenter."

-- Tim McGrath, c/o Park Forest Photography Club


“Frank, Great Work and great job on your Website. Your work is thoughtful and good and you are an excellent Godly man and photographer”.

– The late James Klein Lenderink, Commercial Photographer



Stay Connected:

If you would like to see my latest updates and blog posts, sign up for my Official Artistic Website Email List for updates ... Direct to your Email box! Unsubscribe at any time.



I am very intentional about my use of social media....


To that end, here are positive reasons why I post primarily on my own blog or mailing list:


1. Having a home

This site is a creative outlet for me and my works. When I want you to know something, I'm going to talk about it here, both with the mails I send you and with the blogs. This is where you'll be able to find me over time and space. This is my home.

For example, people in my old neighborhood used to just drop by to sit on the front porch and catch up; this site serves the same purpose for me. It's something we can depend on so we can always be in contact.


2. Internet citizenship

This is called the "web" because our sites all interconnect with links. Hyperlinking is what gives the Internet its richness. Following links has helped me learn so much, and give back. My own blog site lets me do that.



Online Channels

Official Artistic Website Email List - Latest updates, and related posts from this blog..

CMCSMen - A Blog to Nurture Catholic Men's Spirituality.

Sunday Snapshot - A Wordpress blog sharing my nature photos and latest additions.



View My hometown photo project 'Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day' - moments in time photographs of Homewood, Illinois.

Read what I'm thinking about fjcasella.wordress.com also on Tumblr.

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View all my artistic inspiration on GETTR


Come back here to browse my website - bookmark this page

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Drop me an E-mail and - say hello. (Phone calls by appointment made via email.)



See my photos featured in the PENTAX Photogallery



“As a photographer, the big secret is entering into the charisma with the person you have in front of you. If you don't feel it, you'll never do it well.” ~ ARTURO MARI, Vatican photographer




Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

May 4th, 2024

Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

Thank you for visiting the blog for Frank J Casella Photographs. Pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world.

To start reading from the top, click the 'VIEW ALL" button above. Enjoy!

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I am very intentional about how I (don't) use social media to directly promote my artwork, because I choose to live a balanced life in a noisy high tech world ( though you can find more about that here ).

I've become passionate about designing my life around focused work and protecting my time from distraction and devices. After all, it's the only way to get thoughtful photography done.

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A Mother's Day Prayer

April 26th, 2024

A Mother

Photo Descripton: Flowers - White and Pink Hibiscus - Square. Pretty ruffles these flowers have on their skirts.
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Mother's Day is May 12, 2024

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Throw Pillow


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Cofee Mug


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A Prayer For Mothers



All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.

We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.

Amen.



Just like the Mother Mary said 'Yes", and her womb is known as the First Tabernacle, we look to all of you this day with reverence and high respect and celebrate your choice to bless the world with new life. Born and the stillborn. We can not have Birthdays without your Love.

To all Fathers, may we all be devoted to lead our homes to be a model of the Holy Family. As it is said, the best gift that you can give your Wife is to love your Children and the best gift that you can give your kids is to love their Mother.



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Lessons From Lent

April 14th, 2024

Lessons From Lent

Photo: Good Friday - Gritty Effect
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Panoramic framing of Jesus on the Crucifix, with Palms.

"He submerged himself into our mess and it was our mess that killed him. Easter is primarily a celebration of forgiveness, of reconciliation and absolution. What moves us to our depths; what shocks us in our surprise is the realization that God the Father did not take vengeance on us for what we did to his Son but has decided to start over again with us in such a remarkable way of raising his Son to life again and wrapping us up with him in that Life. This indeed is what Easer is all about. Each year on the feast of the Resurrection we Christians climb to the roof tops, as it were, and shout out to the world a piece of Good news that has disturbed the status quo of the world ever since, namely, that our God in Jesus Christ is alive when evil men meant him dead. For this reason, Easter is more than an event. More than one Sunday in the calendar when we munch on chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickadees. Easter is an attitude. Easter is liberation. Easter is Life, our life in the here and now and hereafter. Let this feast of feasts for Christians be the day to start over, to cross the chasm, to repair the broken, to rediscover God’s extraordinary grace transforming our most ordinary days." - Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago


Lessons From Lent

The purpose of Lent is to bring us back to God, to remove the distractions that become more important to us than God.

This past Lent of 2024 was most challenging, yet most rewarding. It is said that through our struggles is when we come closer to God and find ourselves.

At the start of Lent I had the apps and subscribed to the email prompts for my Lenten journey. And due to a health circumstance, I ended up doing none of it .. and this is what made it more rewarding.

A motto I follow for my photography is that simple things make big impressions. Well, this also applies to life itself!

So it was just me alone .... well .... with God.

And boy did He have some things to say.

Silence with God may feel like a waste of time .. not productive.

Yes it is. But not for God.

Because He then is productive as He has your attention.

This time was so silent that I actually noticed the church bells a few blocks from my house chiming every hour .. something I certainly took for granted. And the church music it played every evening.

I also learned how impatient that I didn't think that I was.

And how people and organizations I looked to for help are very independent and individualistic more than expected.

And how God's provisions helped me through people and organizations that I did not expect.

And how my photographs about simple moments are needed now more than ever, to do God's work to bring hope, joy, solitude, and love to a busy world divided and polarized.

But the lesson I learned from Lent the most is that in all the important things I have to do, the most important can be most simple.

Silence.



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Gratitude in the Face of Life's Obstacles

March 21st, 2024

Gratitude in the Face of Life

Photo: Fence and morning sunlight shadows - Being Thankful - Copyright 2019 Frank J Casella - Click here to purchase. https://pixels.com/featured/being-thankful-frank-j-casella.html




Gratitude in the Face of Life's Obstacles
Life's journey is full of twists and turns, sometimes leading us down paths filled with barriers. But in these moments of struggle, there is a powerful choice we can make: to embrace an attitude of thankfulness. The most successful among us use their hardships as stepping stones to growth, surrounding themselves with kindred spirits who see opportunities in every setback.

Moreover, when we shift our focus from ourselves to a the love of God and approach our challenges with faith, we begin to see glimmers of progress each day. It's as if a ray of light is guiding us towards a brighter tomorrow.

In the face of adversity, we have a choice: to dwell on our troubles or to choose the path of gratitude. Let us always choose the latter, for it is in thankfulness that we find strength and hope.


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Your Struggle Is Your Story

March 9th, 2024

Your Struggle Is Your Story

Photo: A bare altar with purple banner sets the tone at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, where faithful Catholics visit throughout the days for prayer and observing for Holy Week - 'Holy Week' Copyright 2016 Frank J Casella - Click here to purchase. https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/featured/holy-week-frank-j-casella.html



We all go through the dark moments in life. If you’re like me, you try to take the easy way out in moving towards the light. The thing is, often times until we go through the struggles we really don’t learn the full story.

For example, in times of struggles I often prayed for God to show me the way, but I never seemed to find any answers. Often times, after the fact, it is revealed to me that because I didn’t wait on God in His timing that I missed out on the blessing. Because I tried to avoid what I thought would experience pain or challenge.

Had I meant what I prayed for God to show the way, and not take it back as soon as I gave it to Him, because this is the easy way, then people and circumstances would have come into my path to show the way … and the rest of the story would be revealed.

I have lived through job layoffs, health setbacks, car accidents, people and their shortcomings, long-term unemployment, marriage issues, and the inevitable short on money when there is an ’emergency’ need, to name a few. In all of these I have learned that my viewpoint is not always God’s viewpoint. That I’m usually focused on my needs, and God is focused on using my circumstance to bring others into relationship with Himself, in addition to meeting my immediate need.

One other thing I’ve learned from all this is that, many times we struggle because we don’t know our life mission. That when we know our mission, some people call this your ‘why’, and we find a way to serve others through our mission, then we have less confusion in life. Because many times serving others without a mission we are fighting ourselves or getting in our own way. We should see others through our mission to know how to best serve them.

Broken relationships, for example, are like a vase that falls off the table and breaks into many small pieces. Depending how we look at it, if we try to put the vase (relationship) back together piece by piece seeking for God to show us through the struggle, instead of looking at serving self before the other person or giving up and taking the easy way out, that vase has the potential to become a beautiful mosaic.

You have to decide how important the struggle is to you, and grow through it, and how much you want God to complete the story in your life.

Jesus had to go onto the Cross to do the will of God. This struggle that He encountered was and is a part of His story. What struggles have you experienced that are a part of your story?

Reflect for a moment on how you can better allow God to radiate His love for a beautiful life from your past struggles and storms.

God’s will is that we depend on Him.



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Giving Things Away

February 25th, 2024

Giving Things Away

Photo Descripton: It's important to have family and friends. Sometimes, though, our friends are more like family, and our family can be more like friends. It all depends on what we need from each... or give to. The people around us most influence how and where we go in life, and us with them. So, it's wise to pick and choose who we spend most our time with. Life is too short ....
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Being that we are now in Lent, I am going to get a bit more spiritually deep than usual for this blog entry.

Lent is about turning back to God. About reconciliation and repenting.

The best way to help others to repent, is when we first do it ourselves.

The best definition of Sin that I have heard is: I want what I want.

What this means is that when we empty ourselves of sin and bad habits, we leave room for God to fill us up.

But when we work to help others to repent, and have not done so with our own lives, then we are working on our own agenda.

In other words, if you are not filled with Christ (or God), then you are full of yourself.

The fastest way to success, is when we replace bad habits with good habits.

Then when we are filled with Christ, we can then keep giving away as He keeps filling us up.

Then you are working on the purpose WHY God made you.

God does not need Lent, we do. Lent is not so much what we do for God, rather what God does for us when we let go and not always be in control.


" He who has a WHY can bear any How. "

~ Victor Frankl


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