Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor (died 735), the Optional Memorial of Saint Gregory VII, Pope (died 1085), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin (died 1607). And among those who follow The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in whatever form (radio show, book, movie, what have you), today is Towel Day.
Today is the World Day of Prayer for China – Our Lady of Sheshan, Help of Christians. And today is the birthday of Chelsie, one of my daughter’s friends (1988).
With no Saints to honor, we note that on this date in 1911 the New York Public Library was dedicated.
Today is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious (died 1457).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop (died 1861), the Optional Memorial of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, Priest and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1927), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Layman and Martyr (died 1943). Today is the third of three Ember Days for this season of the year. We note that today is Armed Forces Day and the day on which the Preakness Stakes is run. (Will this year give us another Triple Crown in horse racing?) It is also the birthday of my Internet friend Denise in North Carolina (1954) and of Kyran, one of the Assembled (1985).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest (died 1444), and today is the second of three Ember Days for this season of the year.
With no Saints to honor today, we note that on this date in 1536 the second wife of King Henry the Eighth, Anne Boleyn, was executed. (Being Henry’s Queen was a high-risk occupation; in 1542 he had his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, executed as well.)
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John I, Pope and Martyr (died 526). And today is the first of three Ember Days for this season of the year.
And now, most regretfully, we come to the twentieth and last book in the series about the Royal Navy during (and just after) the Napoleonic Wars, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend Dr. Stephen Maturin, who is a physician, a surgeon, a naturalist of note, and an intelligence agent (albeit an unpaid one) for the British. I first read this book in September 2001, and again in February 2007; and I almost wish I had not read the books, so that I could re-read them again.
With no Saints to honor this Tuesday, we note that on this date in 1954 the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, and that on this date in 1976 (precisely forty years ago, back when a web site was where the spiders hung out) I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana (Go Spartans!). Today is also the birthday of my Aunt Diane in Connecticut and of one of my co-workers at the casino, Tracey, who works on the day shift at the casino (1969).
We have no Saints to honor this Monday, but on this date in 1770 Louis Auguste de France, Duc de Berry, married Archduchess Maria Antonia, a union that ended rather badly in 1793. Today is also the day when one’s Louisiana Income Tax returns are due for the calendar year 2015 (normally, they are due on May 15th, but May 15th of this year was a Sunday.)
Alleluia! Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, which ends the Easter Season. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore the Farmer (died 1130) and the Remembrance of Servant of God Edward Joseph Flanagan, Priest (died 1948). Today is also the day when one’s Louisiana Income Tax returns for 2015 would have been due, except that today is a Sunday (they are due tomorrow), and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Gail (1948).