Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Damien, Bishop and Doctor (died 1072 or 1073).
This nonfiction book is a set of essays, introducing the major ideas of philosophy from antiquity to the modern age, and I think it is a great resource.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Blessed Jacinta Marto (died 1920) and Blessed Francisco Marto (died 1919). It is also the World Day of Social Justice, and since today is the Third Monday in February, today is Washington’s Birthday (Observed) / Presidents Day.
This disturbing little novel is the book I finished reading, as usual, one day ahead of our Third Tuesday Book Club discussion tomorrow evening (February 21st, 2017) of the novel. It is a book about imprisonment, and the choices that people make when they are literally sent off to wait to die, and I enjoyed reading it.
Today is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have no Saints to honor this day, but on this date during World War II in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps (and on this date in 1976, President Gerald Ford rescinded Executive Order 9066).
We have no Saints to honor on this date; but in 1885 Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United States.
Today we honor the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites (last founder died 1310).
Today is another Saintless day. On this date in 1862 the American Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson ended with a victory for the Union forces under Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant.
With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Susan B. Anthony Day, the anniversary of her birth in 1820.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Cyril, Monk (died 869) and his brother, Saint Methodius, Bishop (died 885). In the more secular world, today is Valentine’s Day.
Today is the Remembrance of Servant of God Lúcia de Jesus Rosa dos Santos (died 2005).
Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. With no Saints to honor, we note that today is the Celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday, and Darwin Day, celebrating the great naturalist’s birthday (both in 1809). And today is Red Hand Day, the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.