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The Truth About Friendship

May 10th, 2021

The Truth About Friendship

I only got one click from the camera shutter of this guy before he leaped off into the woods.

There seem to be more deer in the preserve this year, and I wonder if it is because of the hard winter with heavy snow?

What is interesting, though, is that this deer seems to be quite young and is by itself. I usually see a pack of deer with the mother, and then, like this, when it seems the mother lets them go to be on their own.

You wonder if deer make friends, like we humans do.

Do you have friends?

What kind of friends do you have?

What kind of friend are you?

Good friendship is rooted in love and forgiveness, loyalty, honesty, dedication, and shows itself in times of crisis.

The best way to make true friends is to first be one.



Enjoy your day, you won't get it back,
Frank



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Anger

May 6th, 2021

Anger

When I decided to do the topic of anger, I quickly became overwhelmed and wanted to change it or give up. Because there is so much that can be said, it is simple yet complex.

So, I have decided to share what anger means to me. That when I become angry I immediately ask myself who or what needs my forgiveness? Let me explain.

A spiritual director once shared with me that anger most commonly happens when something is not going our way, or we react to an injustice of our world view that we can not control.

For example, recently there have been several delays with a house project where my wife and I depend on others to complete. I have also felt anger at times because a part of my work is not getting the results that I’m looking for .....

The only way I know to get through this, is to firstly forgive what is not working, and second seek for where God is at work in these situations. It often turns out that God has a better plan, and He is just waiting for me to meet Him where he is at work in it.

This can be difficult at times because it takes prayer, patience, and discernment with the Holy Spirit to find where I need to be in my thinking and my actions. As Fulton Sheen says, "the Holy Spirit is an artist who paints a picture for us of the vision that God has for us."

So, when you become angry, I hope that what I have to say helps you to pause and respond with forgiveness instead of react with anger.


Enjoy your day,
Frank



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To Have The Faith Of A Bird

May 4th, 2021

To Have The Faith Of A Bird

“Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?“ …

… “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?“

Matthew 6: 26, 30

When I look at the scene in this picture, these are the scriptures that come to mind.

Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs. but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave.

The word translated of little faith is used by Matthew of those who are disciples of Jesus but whose faith in him is not as deep as it should be.

Take a few moments to gaze at the picture above. Think about the birds who visit that bird house. Yes, it might provide shelter and food, but they are not attached to it.

Jesus asks us to surrender everything to follow Him. He asks us also to trust in Him with all that we have and are.

He asks us to come to Him with our sins and ask for mercy. He asks us to use the gifts He has given us for His glory.

He asks us to depend on Him for everything. He cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. How much more will He take care of us!

Not only does God ask us to trust in Him with our whole being, but He asks us to be His witnesses to the world.

I never feel like my faith is as deep as it should be, and I am too conditioned (by the world) to have the faith of a bird. But when I surrender myself to Him, it is amazing how much He shows me the way …





Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back,
Frank

Frank J Casella is cofounder at CMCSmen.net, an American, Catholic, photographer, independent artist, and blogger about hope and God's love in the world at blog.frankjcasella.com. Frank Casella's Email address is writeme@frankjcasella.com.




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The 5 Best Quotes On Art I've Ever Read

May 3rd, 2021

The 5 Best Quotes On Art I

In any profession it's common to learn from those who've gone before us, through their words or experiences. As an artistic photographer, here are the five best quotes on art I've ever read in random order, followed by how they speak to me.


“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people” ~ Vincent van Gogh


If you have come to appreciate my photography, then you know that I try to incorporate humanity in some form or way. Most of my life and childhood I would study people and human behavior, and then employ body language through my pictures to tell a story. Because of this, I deeply believe there is an art to love people, as in learning and getting to know (about) the human person.


“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.” ~ Ansel Adams.


I can relate to this because it has actually happened with me several times. Pictures are a tool to record a moment in time, and sometimes the timing of that can only be explained as a God moment.


"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face - the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited; and the wealth and confusion that man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man." ~ Edward Steichen - In "Time," 7 Apr 1961.


In this day and age of the smart phone camera, more pictures have been made than in the history of photography. I'm sure Steichen himself would be flabbergasted. So if you take the pictures of the here and now, and apply them to a decade or century from now, you get not only moments that speak to us today about our lives and culture but also make a contribution to history like never before.


“What's great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.” ~ Andy Warhol


All of us, no matter our position in life, are born into this world the same way. Our experiences help us to respond to circumstances, but they are all the same just with a different name on it. God loves all of us the same, and these words are the best example from Warhol used to humanize this. I also appreciate how he kept personal the secret behind his art, and yet to express through it his beliefs as a devout Catholic.


"Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life." — Norman Rockwell


I've always related to the works of Rockwell. Not because he called his paintings pictures, which they were, but because of the detail of the story telling he used and the message he worked on each one to deliver to the viewer. Likewise, I've never considered myself an artist as much as I've viewed my responsibility to be a documentary photographer with an artistic flare.


Thank you for reading. Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back.
Frank



View Forest Morning Light Impressionism - Square - Color Landscape Photograph - Copyright 2021 Frank J Casella - frankjcasella.pixels.com

The morning sunlight sprinkles between the forest trees with a hint of orange amungst the green. The Impressionism effect is added to bring out the details of this scene.

This image is from my Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve collection, found at - www.HIWP.FrankJCasella.com

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A Lovely Day To Read A Book

April 30th, 2021

A Lovely Day To Read A Book

A cloudy morning makes for a lovely day to read a book, without worry of sunburn. The light and shadow play here is not as harsh, and makes for a beautiful scene to inspire rest. I also like how the red flowers pop! I gave this a slight blur to soften the mood of this subject. Enjoy!



Blessed is the poor in spirit ....

In America, we live in a culture that says more is better, but is this a lie?

We all have our stuff packed away in the basements of our homes, sometimes extending to storage sheds that we pay to put our stuff. And, no matter our social rank, the more stuff we have, whether possessions or in our head, the more we get distracted from the true meaning life:

Our dependence on God, and our relationships those we love.

Did you know the biblical meaning of freedom means that we are free of attachments to be able to follow the will of God?

Recently I went through my stuff, with the mindset that if I die tomorrow what of it will end in the trash. It turned out most of it. I haven't touched this stuff in years ...

The poor in spirit: in the Old Testament, the poor are those who are without material possessions and whose confidence is in God, and those who recognized their complete dependence on God.

Do you allow yourselves to become attached to your possessions?

What came with this for me was a form of spiritual poverty, as small as it was ...

When we are free from stuff, we free ourselves from distraction. (read that again)

God's will is that we depend on Him, what more could you want?

This is the true meaning of life .. ... to keep our stuff in right perspective.


"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Mt. 5:3



Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back,
Frank

Frank J Casella is cofounder at CMCSmen.net, an American, Catholic, photographer, independent artist, and blogger about hope and God's love in the world at blog.frankjcasella.com. Frank Casella's Email address is writeme@frankjcasella.com.




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Backyard Morning Fog - Black and White

April 27th, 2021

Backyard Morning Fog - Black and White

There was much fog on this morning, which made the silence for this one Sunday a special one. Until the low flying airplanes came by. I don’t think I even heard any birds, but if I did the planes washed them out.

This got me to thinking how sometimes in life we can be in a fog, until something we least expect gives us a jolt. If we pay attention, and listen to it, we can come out of that fog that sometimes we don’t even know we have.

This picture is a classic local nature scene from my home town of Homewood, Illinois - USA. Sometimes when you remove the colors, the details of beauty present themselves more clearly ... even with the fog.

It is something how fog will come in and change how we see things, and then leave and we notice things again that we didn’t see when the fog was here. This is what is so special about the silence of fog.


Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back,
Frank

Frank J Casella is cofounder at CMCSmen.net, an American, Catholic, photographer, independent artist, and blogger about hope and God's love in the world at blog.frankjcasella.com. Frank Casella's Email address is writeme@frankjcasella.com.




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The Silent Power of God's Love

April 26th, 2021

The Silent Power of God

This picture of brightly colored flowers has a silent power to it.

Firstly, people love flowers.

Second, their fragrance is something we behold.

Finally, their beauty is an expression of God’s love to us, that we can choose to pass on to others through them.

Recently in church, the priest was talking about with the Scripture readings how power is used in the world. That world leaders use power to enforce their agenda; politicians use power to manipulate the laws; and people in general on social media can instantly condemn a persons name or integrity.

But, those of us who are believers, have the power to be witnesses of truth and love. And that power is not our own, but that of Jesus who dwells inside us.

As those readings say:

“You are witnesses of these things.
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
but stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high."

Which brings me back to these simple flowers. The purpose of photography is the power to see the every day in a different light.

When I was in college it was explained that you follow the form until you gain insight to take it out of the box. And that is a fine starting point if you don’t want to spend time or energy questioning the form.

But, I took it out of the box from day one because I couldn‘t figure out how to stay in the box. Because questioning the form, to me, was embracing the new part of the medium as precisely where forward motion happens.

The only right way is the way that helps you make the change you seek.




Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back,
Frank

Frank J Casella is cofounder at CMCSmen.net, an American, Catholic, photographer, independent artist, and blogger about hope and God's love in the world at blog.frankjcasella.com. Frank Casella's Email address is writeme@frankjcasella.com.




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Weeds

April 23rd, 2021

Weeds

Sometimes weeds are beautiful to look at, other times can grow so much when not cut back they can choke out flowers and other landscape growing around them.

In life, weeds are the distractions and noise that keep us from doing the deep work that we are called to do.

In our spiritual lives, weeds are the things that keep us from God. When you give God the place to speak, He has a lot to say.

All of this to say, that we need weeds in our lives to help us keep our focus, and the fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good ones.



Enjoy your day, you'll never get it back,
Frank

Frank J Casella is cofounder at CMCSmen.net, an American, Catholic, photographer, artist, and blogger at blog.frankjcasella.com. Frank Casella's Email address is writeme@frankjcasella.com.




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Free Bird In Flight

April 22nd, 2021

Free Bird In Flight

I've titled this picture 'Free Bird In Flight'. If you look at the lower left ( Click Here to view larger on website ) just above the tree line, you will find a bird in flight.

Makes me think of this quote:

"Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings."

--Victor Hugo


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Profound

April 20th, 2021

Profound

Often when I write these things I have to ask myself if I am trying to get profound. That what can be the most profound are simple thoughts, because what I’m thinking today may not be in a way that others are thinking, and often times they find my simple thoughts profound.


“Most of the time holiness is just about doing the ordinary things of everyday life really well.”

– Matthew Kelly


Most of the time what makes things profound, I think, is not so much what a person says, does, or creates. Rather it is how we respond to what they say, do, or create … based on our world view.

When the sky opens up after or before a storm, we may find its beauty profound or fear its threat to our person. Many of us who are not in touch with our faith may find a person who is profoundly holy, yet most of the holiest people I have talked with feel they fall short in practicing their faith.

So it goes back to what I often say, that we all need each other to make it through life, to inspire each other, and to do our part in making a positive difference in this world.

Have a blessed day,
Frank



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