With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Giving Tuesday, an initiative begun in 2012 in response to increasing commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.
Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle (died mid- to late 1st century), and today is the last day of the annual six-month Hurricane Season.
Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the first day of the Catholic Church year. Today is also the Remembrance of Servant of God Dorothy Day (died 1980).
No Saints today, although today is the last day of the current Church year, so we will turn our attention to this date in 1520, when after navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
No Saints for us to honor today. And, as today is the Day after Thanksgiving, it is Acadian Day (by proclamation by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal) and Native American Heritage Day (by proclamation by President Barack Obama).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John Berchmans, Religious (died 1621). And today is Thanksgiving Day.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr (died about 305).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest and Martyr (died 1839) and Companions, Martyrs (died 1745 – 1862). And today is the birthday of my kids’ friend Mitch, one of the Assembled (1986).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr (died c. 101), the Optional Memorial of Saint Columbanus, Abbot (died 615), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Miguel Augustín Pro, Priest and Martyr (died 1927).
Today is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the church year (next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Cecelia, Virgin and Martyr (died 117).
Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And today is the Louisiana Gubernatorial General Election.