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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An Important Announcement to All My Readers and Followers

Announcing The End of Our Run

After careful consideration, I have come to the decision to end all future posts to Faith of the Fathers blogs.

It has been a long journey since the blogs were started in 2005, but several factors are indicative that it is time to end.

  1. Our daily visits average has plummeted from 314 per day for all 23 blogs under the “Faith of the Fathers” banner, to just 81 per day for all of them now.
  2. Our blog subscriptions have also dropped off considerably, from a high of 989 to now being 501. Again, that is for all 23 blogs. The stats show that few subscribers are even clicking on posts at all.
  3. The one and most significant reason is, my eyesight has gotten progressively worse, and it is increasingly difficult for me to make any posts, and those I have been able to do have become fewer and fewer in number. In fact, it has gotten to the point, that I am also going to give up driving, for both my safety and for the safety of others.

I would like to thank all of the subscribers, readers, and benefactors over these nearly 13 years, for your kindness, encouragement, and support.

It has been a goof run, and at times a very satisfying one. My two favorite moments occurred when “Catholic Culture” recommended the reading of my post on Saint Polycarp of Smyrna on my “The Early Church Fathers” blog, and also when the “Ignatius Insight Scoop” blog recommended my2 long posts defending Pope Pius XII on my “Church Under Attack” blog. Having my posts recommended by those two sites, was both exciting, and humbling.

The Facebook Page for my blogs will remain, and you can still follow that page if you'd like, as there are several blogs that I follow there, and I have that set to share those blogs automatically. You can click on Faith of the Fathers Facebook Page if you'd like to be aware of those posts.

Once more, thank you all for your prayers, support, and encouragement over the years. May God Bless you, and Our Lady keep you in Her care!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Daily Mass Readings for Saturday, June 16, 2018

Christ Icon, 11th Century, PD-1923

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 19:19-21

19 And Elias departing from thence, found Eliseus the son of Saphat, ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen: and he was one of them that were ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen: and when Elias came up to him, he cast his mantle upon him.
20 And he forthwith left the oxen and ran after Elias, and said: Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said to him: Go, and return back: for that which was my part, I have done to thee.
21 And returning back from him, he took a yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled the flesh with the plough of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate: and rising up he went away, and followed Elias, and ministered to him.

PSALM: Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-10

1 Preserve me, O Lord, for I have put trust in thee.
2 I have said to the Lord, thou art my God, for thou hast no need of my goods.
5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: it is thou that wilt restore my inheritance to me.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding: moreover my reins also have corrected me even till night.
8 I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
9 Therefore my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; nor wilt then give thy holy one to see corruption.

GOSPEL: Matthew 5:33-37

33 Again you have heard that it was said to them of old, Thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord.
34 But I say to you not to swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God:
35 Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king:
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Daily Mass Readings for Friday, June 15, 2018

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-16

9 And when he was come thither, he abode in a cave: and behold the word of the Lord came unto him, and he said to him: What dost thou here, Elias?
11 And he said to him: Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord: and behold the Lord passeth, and a great and strong wind before the Lord over throwing the mountains, and breaking the rocks in pieces: the Lord is not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake: the Lord is not in the earthquake.
12 And after the earthquake a fire: the Lord is not in the fire, and after the fire a whistling of a gentle air.
13 And when Elias heard it, he covered his face with his mantle, and coming forth stood in the entering in of the cave, and behold a voice unto him, saying: What dost thou here, Elias? And he answered:
14 With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant: they have destroyed thy altars, they have slain thy prophets with the sword, and I alone am left, and they seek my life to take it away.
15 And the Lord said to him: Go, and return on thy way through the desert to Damascus: and when thou art come thither, thou shalt anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.
16 And thou shalt anoint Jehu the son of Namsi to be king over Israel: and Eliseus the son of Saphat, of Abelmeula, thou shalt anoint to be prophet in thy room.

PSALM: Psalms 27:7-9, 13-14

7 Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.
8 My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
9 Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.
13 I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.

GOSPEL: Matthew 5:27-32

27 You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery.
28 But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell.
31 And it hath been said, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.
32 But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.


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