Today is the Optional Memorial Saint Crispin and Saint Crispinian, Martyrs (died c. 286), which means that today is Saint Crispin’s Day. And Early Voting begins today in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop (died 1870), and today is United Nations Day.
Today is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial of Saint John of Capistrano, Priest (died 1456). Because today is the second-to-last Sunday in October, today is World Mission Sunday.
Today is the Memorial of Saint John Paul II, Pope (died 2005). And according to the chronology of Bishop Ussher (died 1656), the Creation of the World occurred on the night preceding Sunday, October 23rd, 4004 B.C., so tonight we can celebrate the Creation of our world, without which my Five or Six Loyal Readers (and my Legion of Followers) would not be reading my Weblog entries.
No Saints today, but it was on this date back in 1805 when during the Napoleonic Wars a British fleet led by Vice Admiral Lord Nelson defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain under Admiral de Villeneuve in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross (died 1775). And today is the birthday of Rob, the eldest son of Richard’s sister Bonnie in Texas (1965), and of Ted, the second son of Richard’s sister Susan in Iowa (1970).
Today is the Memorial of Saint Isaac Jogues (died 1646) and Saint John de Brébeuf (died 1649), Priests and Martyrs, and their Companions, Martyrs. (It is also the Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest (died 1775) for the Universal Church, but because today is the feast of the North American Martyrs, Saint John of the Cross’s Memorial in the United States is celebrated on October 20th). And today is the birthday of Rachel, the oldest daughter of Richard’s sister Juanita in Georgia (1986).
Today is the Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist (died c.74). And today is the anniversary of when I first started working at the casino (1999).
Since sunset last night it has been the beginning of the Jewish feast of Sukkot, the harvest festival. Today is the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr (died 107).
This gripping novel is the book I read for our Third Tuesday Book Club (which meets tomorrow, October 18th, 2016). The author has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards, given annually “for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic”. As a longtime reader of Jackson’s work, I can attest that this novel in many ways is like her work, and I very much enjoyed (although that is perhaps not the right word) this book, which won the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Novel in 2015.
Once again, a novel (the fifth in the series) about Thursday Next, living in an alternative universe England, and working both with fiction in the real world and fiction in the Book World. I first read the book in March 2011, and enjoyed my reading of the book a second time.
Today is the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Optional Memorial of Saint Hedwig, Religious (died 1243) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (died 1690). At sunset today begins the Jewish feast of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles.
Today is the Memorial of St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin and Doctor (died 1582). Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. And since today is the Third Saturday of October, today is also Bridge Day at the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia.