Daily Update: April 22, 2014

04-22 - earth day

Alleluia! Today is Easter Tuesday. With no Saints to honor, today is the Lyrid Meteor Shower, Earth Day, and the birthday of my brother Michael in Seattle (1955).

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Daily Update: April 21, 2014

Anselm of Canterbury and Grounation Day and Boston Marathon 2014

Alleluia! Today is Easter Monday, the second day in the Octave of Easter. Today we also honor Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor (died 1109). Today is also Grounation Day, the second holiest date in the Rastafarian calendar (after Coronation Day on November 2). And as today is the Third Monday in April, today is the date of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Finally, today is National Tax Freedom Day, when on a national average basis Americans have worked enough to pay for their 2014 taxes.

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Daily Update: April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday and 04-20 - 420 and 04-20 - Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Alleluia! Today is Easter Sunday, the most important Feast of the Church Year, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.We also note that today is 4-20 (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which killed 11 workers and caused a major environmental disaster, and the birthday of my Internet friend Sonya in Colorado.

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Daily Update: April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

Today is Holy Saturday, the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday.

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Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job by Kerry Weber

Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job by Kerry Weber

This book was my Lenten reading this year, as suggested by the people who maintain the ministry web site for Creighton University; I did not realize until after I finished the book that the author is also the Managing Director of my Jesuit America magazine, which I think is a nice confluence. I very much enjoyed this book, and recommend it to all sincere persons.

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Daily Update: April 18, 2014

Good Friday - Grunewald Crucifixion and Cornelia Connelly

Today is Good Friday, the commemoration of the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus. We also honor Venerable Cornelia Connelly, Religious (died 1879).

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Daily Update: April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Today is Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday.

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Daily Update: April 16, 2014

Bernadette Soubirous

Today is Wednesday of Holy Week, and we honor Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Religious (died 1879).

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Daily Update: April 15, 2014

Pesach 2 and 04-15 - Tax Day

The great Jewish feast of Pesach (or Passover) continues, which started last evening at sundown, and today is Tuesday of Holy Week. Today is also Tax Day, being the day when tax returns for the  previous year (statements about income taxes) are due to the federal government from U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and certain nonresident aliens. Finally, today is the birthday of Richard’s niece Jenny, one of the daughters of his sister Susan in Iowa.

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Daily Update: April 14, 2014

Pesach

Today is Monday of Holy Week, and at sunset today begins the great Jewish feast of Pesach, commemorating the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt.

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Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

I read this book for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (April 15, 2014); it is a funny, mordant novel about the ways that one can view the world, and the very strange ways that past can affect the present.

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