Today is the Memorial of the Beheading of John the Baptist, Martyr (died c. 30), and it was on this date in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor (died 430). It was also on this date in 2012 that Hurricane Isaac made its first landfall in Louisiana.
Today we honor Saint Monica, Widow (died 387).
With no Saints for us to honor this day, we turn to the Year of Our Lord 1992, when on this date Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Louisiana. And one year before that, Richard’s grandniece Alyssa was born, the granddaughter of his brother here in town (1991).
Today we honor Saint Louis, King (died 1270) and Saint Joseph Calasanz, Priest (died 1648).
Today is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, and today is the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle (died first century).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima (died 1617).
Today is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the octave after her Assumption into Heaven.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope (died 1914).
On this day we honor Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot (died 1153) and today is the birthday of my kids’ friend Josh, one of the Assembled (1977).