Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr (died c. 250).
We have no Saints to honor today, but on this date in 1703 the Forty-Six Ronin honorably committed seppuku in Japan after avenging the death of their daimyo. Today is the Midpoint of Winter, being the day between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (died 316) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Ansgar, Bishop (died 865). Today is also the Day The Music Died in 1959.
Today is the the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and as today February 2nd we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life in the Church (we will celebrate the Day in the Parishes on Sunday). In the secular world, today is Groundhog Day.
We have no Saints to honor on this first day of February (which has 29 days this year), but on this date in 1896 the world première performance of La bohème took place in Turin at the Teatro Regio and was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.
Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest (died 1888). Today is also the birthday of my friend Linda in West Virginia, who I knew while growing up in West Virginia (1957).
Again we have no Saints to honor today. On this date in 1969, the Beatles performed what turned out to be their last concert on the roof of their Apple headquarters in central London.
We have no Saints today to honor, but on this date in 1845 Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was published in the New York Evening Mirror.
This book is the ninth in the Aubrey-Maturin series of books having to do with the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars; I first read this book in August of 2001, and again in December of 2006; and I am thoroughly enjoying reading the books once again, including this one, which has both seafaring action (Captain Aubrey’s department) and spying (Dr. Maturin’s department).
Today is the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor (died 1274). And on this date in 1984, at a time when I was totally unaware that this was the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Richard and I were married in Baton Rouge, making this our 32nd Anniversary.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin (died 1540). Today is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and today is also the birthday of Callie’s mother Lisa, who is also, of course, my son’s mother-in-law, and the other grandmother of my granddaughter (1962).