Daily Update: Friday, February 6th, 2015

Paul Miki and Companions

Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is the Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1597).

The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Turning to our Saint, he was born about 1562 in Tsunokuni, Japan, the son of the wealthy military leader Miki Handayu, and felt a call to religious life from his youth. He became a  Jesuit in 1580, having been educated at the Jesuit college at Azuchi and Takatsuki, and became a successful evangelist. When the political climate became hostile to Christianity, he decided to continue his ministry, but was soon arrested. On his way to martyrdom, he and other imprisoned Christians were marched 600 miles so they could be abused by, and be a lesson to, their countrymen; they sang the Te Deum on the way. His last sermon was delivered from the cross. He was one of the Martyrs of Nagasaki, who were twenty-six Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries and Japanese converts crucified together by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and he is the Patron Saint of Japan. It should be noted that the the Japanese style of crucifixion was to put iron clamps around the wrists, ankles and throat; a straddle piece was placed between the legs for weight support, and the person was then eventually pierced with a lance up through the left and right ribs toward the opposite shoulder.

On Thursday evening our LSU Women’s Basketball beat Auburn by the score of 60 to 49; our Lady Tigers next play a home game with Alabama on February 8th. And our LSU Men’s Basketball lost their game with Auburn by the score of 77 to 81; our Tigers next play a home game with Alabama on February 7th.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading and ironed my Casino shirt du jour. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once at work we found Amish Friendship Bread from our coworker Deborah, and Richard and I put in for ten hours of PTO to cover the times we got out early during this pay period. I also called the Pharmacy and renewed a prescription, and we decided to attend the Meeting with Max scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, February 24th (so I will not be going to my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting that evening). When we clocked in, Richard was first the Relief Dealer for the sit-down Blackjack table and Three Card Blackjack. He then was the dealer on the $5.00 Blackjack table until they moved him to Pai Gow. Meanwhile, I spent my entire shift on Mississippi Stud. At 7:30 am we were asked if we wanted to go home early, but we said no.

After work I picked up my prescription at the Pharmacy. Once home from work I read the morning paper and ate my lunch salad. I then took a nap for the rest of the day, so I did not do my First Friday Devotions, and I did not do my Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Remembrance of Blessed Pius IX, Pope. On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Friday, February 6th, 2015 via WordPress for Android, then I will start reading The Martian by Andy Weir. After lunch I will go to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. And tomorrow evening our LSU Men’s Basketball team will play a home game with Alabama.

Our Friday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Maxine Kumin, American poet and author. Born as Maxine Winokur in 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Jewish parents, but attended a Catholic kindergarten and primary school. She received her B.A. in 1946 and her M.A. in 1948 from Radcliffe College. In June 1946 she married Victor Kumin, an engineering consultant. In 1957 she studied poetry with John Holmes at the Boston Center for Adult Education. There she met Anne Sexton, with whom she started a friendship that continued until Sexton’s suicide in 1974; together they co-authored four children’s books. Kumin taught English from 1958 to 1961 and 1965 to 1968 at Tufts University; from 1961 to 1963 she was a scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study. Kumin published her first collection of poems, Halfway, in 1961. She held appointments as a visiting lecturer and poet in residence at many American colleges and universities. She was awarded the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize for Poetry in 1972; in 1973 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Up Country. In 1980 she received an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award for excellence in literature. In 1981 to 1982, she served as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. She received an Academy of American Poets fellowship in 1986. In 1994 she won the Poets’ Prize for Looking for Luck, and in 1995 she won the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Selected Poems 1960–1990 (1997), was a New York Times notable book of the year. In 1999 she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The Long Marriage: Poems, published in 2002, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets. From 1976 she and her husband lived on a farm in Warner, New Hampshire, where they bred Arabian and quarter horses. Her output included four novels, several children’s books, and several collections of essays, besides a total of eighteen collections of poetry. Kumin’s last poetry collection, And Short the Season, was published in 2014 (died 2014): “I was a closet poet always. I didn’t stop writing poetry just because Wallace Stegner told me I was a terrible poet. I went underground.”

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