Friday, July 30, 2010

Our Five Year Anniversary

August 1, 2010 marks an important date for “Faith of the Fathers” blogs. That is the day these blogs will be 5 years old.

I would not have guessed that we would still be “blogging” about Catholicism five years later when we began on August 1, 2005.

If I had known we were going to last this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

Seriously, we would not have made it this long without our regular readers, and especially without the good writing and insights of Marie, Ginny, and Emmy. They, and our regular readers and subscribers are what have kept this blog going.

I also want to thank Matthew at A Catholic Life, Andrea at Catholic Blog Directory, and John at Saint Blogs Parish for being the first pages to link to us. Their following and reputation brought us readers, and I dare say friends in the Catholic blogging community. We will always be grateful.

We have undergone a few changes since these blogs began. We began with 14 blogs, and later added some additional blogs, including the “Kids Corner” blogs for the younger set of Catholics, that swelled our number to 24 blogs. Of our four original contributors to these blogs, I am the last left. The look of the blogs may have changed but the essential message of the truth that is the Catholic Church is unchanged, and never will change.

In the five years of these blogs existence there have been (as of today’s date) 457,124 page loads, and 304,299 visitors. These blogs have had visitors from around the world. They have come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Lebanon, the Russian Federation, Poland, the Holy See, and more places than I can list here.

From the beginning, we obtained permission from the Vatican Information Service to reproduce their news in its entirety on the blog “Pope Benedict XVI”. I always found it amusing that when these blogs were visited by The Holy See, that was the only blog they ever went to.

Once again, thank you to our readers, our subscribers, our contributors and all who have helped to keep these blogs going.

I hope we can last another five years!

May God Bless you and Our Lady keep you in her care.

The Holy Fathers Prayer Intentions For August 2010

Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for August is: "That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties".

His mission intention is: "That the Church may be a 'home' for all people, ready to open her doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries".

Read more on Pope Benedict XVI.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Join Us In Prayer

The current economic situation has found many people struggling to meet their needs and obligations. They struggle to feed their families, to keep their homes, and to pay their bills. Many have seen their jobs disappear, not just for a time, but gone for good.

The politicians in this country, and around the world have shown repeatedly that they do not know how to handle this economic mess they have gotten us in to. They have done more to create it, than they have to alleviate it. They seem only capable of digging us into a deeper hole. A hole in which we are in danger of not being able to climb out of for a long time.

The politicans for all their bravado and endlessly empty rhetoric (how they love to talk, especially in front of the television cameras and all those microphones) are either incapable or unwilling to fix the problems they have created.

They may not be able to do anything, but you and I know someone who can.


God alone is in charge, and everything is under His control, and His control alone. No president, no earthly king, no earthly prince, no chairman, no bank, no one of this world can help us, can save us, can give us true salvation, and true freedom in these times and for all eternity, like God can. Our so-called leaders may think they are in charge, may believe they are in charge, and no doubt have people who have faith in them, when we all know that the only One we should have faith in, and believe in, to do all things is God.

Therefore, I ask the readers of "Faith of the Fathers" blogs, and the readers and owners of other Catholic blogs, to join us in praying to God for the spiritual and economic salvation of our country and for the whole world.

Let us begin this period of prayers to our most merciful and loving Heavenly Father, with a Novena to Saint Jude the Apostle, the patron saint of desperate situations. I ask all of you, to include your prayer intentions in this novena.

For non-catholics who visit these blogs, a novena is defined as follows : "Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the nine days that the Disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday. Over the centuries many novenas have been highly indulgenced by the Church. In modern times the one before Pentecost was prescribed for parochial churches." (Etym. Latin novem, nine.) (From The Pocket Catholic Dictionary, by Father John A. Hardon, S.J., page 287)

The novena is below.

Your brother in Christ,

Steve Smith

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Novena to Saint Jude

Come to my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Almighty God, Father of mercies
and giver of all good gifts,
I come before you to honor you in your saints,
and ask their help in my many needs.
You promised that those who ask, would receive,
those who seek, would find, those who knock,
would have doors opened to them.
Hear the prayers of your church, grant my requests,
and pardon my sins.

Good St. Jude, chose by Jesus as a messenger of His kingdom,
and bearer of God's power,
I entrust myself to your care
and place in your hands this request of mine (make your request)
You are a witness that nothing is impossible with God and
that all will be well by God's grace.
Pray that I may have a simple faith
and strong hope to believe and trust in God,
my Master, who makes all things possible
and brings all things to good.

Day 1

Lord Jesus Christ,
you promised that mountains would move for someone with faith
the size of a mustard seed. Plant the seed of faith in my
heart and help me believe in the power of your promises.

Day 2

Lord Jesus Christ,
You taught that God who cares for the lilies of the field
and the birds of the air, also cares for those of little faith.
Lord, come and care for me.

Day 3

Lord Jesus Christ,
In the storm at sea you told your disciples not to fear
but to believe in your power to calm the winds and the sea.
Speak to my troubled spirit, and calm my fears.

Day 4

Lord Jesus Christ,
no one comes to you, even those desperate and poor,
whom you do not welcome and refresh,
I come tired and burdened, make my spirit light.

Day 5

Lord Jesus Christ,
you listen to our prayers, and grant what we ask.
Hear my prayers and listen to my voice,
for I am in need.

Day 6

Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Garden of Gethsemane you prayed in fear and sorrow.
Turn to me when I am afraid, and give me strength to bear
my cross.

Day 7

Lord Jesus Christ,
when you died on the cross, all seemed lost and gone,
yet you came to life again.
When all seems lost for me, bring me life again,
O Lord.

Day 8

Lord Jesus Christ,
you rose from the dead and brought life to all creation.
I hope in your promise of life.
Bring me the joy of your resurrection.

Day 9

Lord Jesus Christ,
you prepare a place for us in your heavenly kingdom.
Grant me a place at your side and bring us all safely home.

To conclude this novena, say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Our Father

Our Father
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
And Blessed is the Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be.
World without end.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - GOP Lawmaker Blasts White House for $23M Spent on Kenya Constitution Vote - GOP Lawmaker Blasts White House for $23M Spent on Kenya Constitution Vote

What did I tell you? See article below or by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

From Pope Benedict XVI

'It is inconceivable', as Benedict XVI remarked, 'that believers should have to suppress a part of themselves - their faith - in order to be active citizens. It should never be necessary to deny God in order to enjoy one's rights. The rights associated with religion are all the more in need of protection if they are considered to clash with a prevailing secular ideology or with majority religious positions of an exclusive nature'".

Read more here

Monday, July 12, 2010

Some Explanations and Other Stuff

As many long time readers and followers already know, when these blogs began almost five years ago (Faith of the Fathers blogs will celebrate our five year anniversary on July 31), there was a total of four contributors to these blogs.

As time has passed, only I remain. One contributor, Marie in fact, became very ill, and was forced to cut back on many activities for the sake of her health. I hope all of you will keep her in your prayers. The other two contributors have had many other pressing obligations that have prohibited them from being able to participate on these blogs as before.

So, I alone remain, and let me tell you, it is quite a job for me to try to keep 24 blogs going, and I am afraid that my best is not good enough. I have been primarily concentrating on Saint Quote of the Day, Daily Mass Readings, and Pope Benedict XVI.

I have attempted to post to the others as time permits, and to be frank, I do not have the insight, knowledge and wisdom of Marie when it comes to such topics as Spirituality and Mysticism, Spiritual Warfare, or Saints of the Faith. She wrote her posts with a lively style and insight that I could never hope to equal or remotely imitate. At least that’s my opinion.

Ginny always had a way of "speaking" to the younger generation...her generation... that is far beyond my meager abilities. She also knew how to talk with, and "explain" our Faith to kids, and that is why she was the one who undertook the "Kids Corner" blogs (five of those) for our younger readers. She did such a great job, that one young lady (I think she was about 8 or 9 years old) wrote a comment about a year back in which she said, among other things, "I love your sight". That was a compliment that belonged entirely to Ginny and her efforts.

Lastly, Emmy had a way of finding many prayers from various saints, to Our Lady, and more that made me want to learn more of these prayers and include them in my prayer life. She also provided some very good articles on Approved Apparitions.

All in all, I have some very big shoes to try to fill, and I find myself lacking. I will try to do better, as time and my job permit.

Now, let me address one thing here also. There have been a few questions about some of the advertisements and items that have been placed on "Faith of the Fathers" blogs sidebars.

I have placed these items there in order to attempt to earn a little extra to help pay for my internet access and other expenses related to research materials, and some hard to find traditional materials related to the Church and our faith. With the economy as it is, I am very blessed to still have a job. However my hours have been cut, but my bills have not. I know I am not the only one in this boat and I am not complaining.

There are book offerings on various Catholic topics from Barnes & Noble for example. Some of those sidebar ads show particular books that are relative to the blog on which they are displayed. It is not an attempt to get you to buy those particular books, but a suggestion as to the types of books that are available on that particular topic. I  hope to be able to offer books and items from the husband and wife author team of Bob and Penny Lord very soon.

I also created an e-book called "My Daily Saint Quotations" for $1.99 that is in PDF format. I worked hard on this little 30-page offering,. So far, the people who have purchased it have been pleased with it.

Lastly, I created a free toolbar that can be downloaded and installed in your browser if you have Internet Explorer (versions 6 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (versions 1 and above). I make a few cents from it when you download, install, and use it. The search box in it is Google Search (by default), it has a menu with shortcuts to Faith of the Fathers blogs, a news ticker, a radio player (Catholic radio stations such as EWTN, and Catholic podcasts by default), and some other functions you might find useful or entertaining. I also joined the Conduit (creators of free toolbars) Affiliate program that enables me to earn some cash for those who create toolbars for their blogs or web sites. You can create your own toolbar by a Click Here.

I just wanted to explain to everyone what is going on and why I have taken the steps that I have. I hope to make this blog as good as it once was, and with your continued readership, and most especially, your prayers, I know that I can.

Thnak you, and God Bless you all!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Abortion Lobbying By White House In Kenya Alleged

The Obama administration is alleged to have offered “incentives” to Kenya to approve a new constitution that would legalize abortion in that country for the first time.

Three members of the United States Congress have asked in letters to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and U.S. Agency for International Development for a federal probe to determine whether the administration violated federal law with its assistance. The letters were sent to the three named departments by Republican Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey.

One of the letters sent this past May states, "Any advocacy by the administration in support of the proposed new constitution would constitute lobbying for abortion. There is no doubt that the administration is advocating for adoption of the proposed constitution."

Article 26 of the proposed constitution states that abortion is allowed if "in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other written law."

Many pro-life organizations point out that this wording of the Article is too broad to interpretation. Some have said that a “trained health professional” could be anyone who has health training “including a student or physical therapist”. They also say that this includes any kind of health including psychological or emotional health. They also point out that it leaves the way open for the passage of more pro-abortion laws.

Vice-President Joe Biden gave a speech in Kenya last month in which he urged the Kenyan people to pass the constitution in a referendum scheduled for August 4. In the speech Biden said, “The United States strongly supports the process of constitutional reform. ... Dare to reach for transformative change, the kind of change that might come around only once in a lifetime.” He also added, "If you make these changes, I promise you, new foreign private investment will come in like you've never seen."

It has also been alleged in reports that the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger told Kenyan officials last May that the U.S. has offered 2 million dollars in taxpayer funds for civic education to support the process of enacting the new constitution.

It has not been a healthy climate in Kenya for those who oppose the new constitution. Three members of the Kenyan parliament were arrested for “hate speech” that related to their prominence in opposing the new constitution. Three more opponents of the new constitution were accused of hate speech including the Higher Education Minister. A Kenyan newspaper, The Standard also reported that a peaceful anti-constitution protest and prayer service turned deadly when 2 bombs exploed killing 6 and injuring 100.

A federal law known as the Siljander Amendment passed in 2006 makes it illegal for the U.S. government to lobby on abortion in other countries, whether the lobbying is either for or against abortion.


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