Daily Update: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Julian of Norwich and Our Lady of Fátima

On this date we have the Optional Memorial of Blessed Julian of Norwich, Anchoress (died c. 1423), the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatíma, and the last of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church. Today is also the anniversary of the Renaissance of my marital relationship with Richard in 1997.

Almost nothing is known of the early life of Julian of Norwich, except that she was born about 1342; we don’t even know if she was from Norwich or chose to move there. Either way, she was a recluse under the direction of Benedictines in Norwich, England. Her book, Revelations of Divine Love, which contains sixteen revelations she received while in an ecstatic trance and meditated on for twenty years, is still in print. She meditated on, spoke on, and wrote on the power of love of evil, Christ’s Passion, and the nature of the Trinity. In her early 60s she shut herself in complete seclusion at Conisford, Norwich, and never left again. She was never formally beatified, but is considered “blessed” due to popular devotion, and I count her as one of my favorite saints (recognized by Rome or not). Today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima, commemorating the date in 1917 when Our Lady first appeared to ten year old Lúcia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who were tending sheep near their town of Fâtima, Portugal. Her message to the children was to pray, and to especially pray the Rosary for personal and world peace. Francisco Marto died in 1919 at the age of 10, and his younger sister Jacinta Marto died in 1920 at the age of 9; they were both honored as Blesseds by the Church in 2000, with Jacinta being the youngest non-martyr child to be so recognized. Lúcia Santos entered the convent in 1925 and received further visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, including one in 1925 when she was asked to spread the First Saturday Devotion; she died in 2005 at the age of 97, and her cause for sainthood was opened in 2008, making her a Servant of God. This Wednesday is the last of three Minor Rogation Days (the three days before the Feast of the Ascension), and is a day when we ask for the blessings of God upon our crops and our undertakings. The Minor Rogations were introduced by Saint Mamertus, Bishop of Vienne, and were afterwards ordered by the Fifth Council of Orléans, which was held in 511, and then approved by Leo III (795-816). They were removed from the General Calendar in 1969, but I note them in this weblog. Finally, today is the anniversary of the day in 1997 when Richard and I experienced a Renaissance of our marital relationship. We have been trying over the past year to awaken things again, but I keep on falling into the same old ruts; I am hopeful that this year will be a very good year for our relationship.

Last night our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team won their single game against the University of New Orleans by the score of 9 to 1.

I woke up at 9:45 am, and took my Blood Sugar Reading. (I have been doing that each morning, and I am disgusted by the fact that my reading keep getting higher.) I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading and ate my breakfast toast while reading the morning paper. Richard suggested that I use Debrox on my ears and then flush them out with the water syringe; I did so, and my ears cleared up amazingly. (Thank you very much, Richard.) I then started my laundry and started the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I then got a text message from Callie including a photo of my granddaughter; she asked that we not post or Email any photos or announcements until Matthew can see the photos when he gets off the boat, and I responded that I would wait to Email or post any photos or announcements until my son called me when he is holding my granddaughter.

Richard and I left the house at 1:30 pm, and ate lunch at D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse. We then went to the Hit-n-Run, where Richard got gas for my car and where I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for tonight’s drawing. At Wal-Mart Richard got some groceries and a card that we will send to Matthew and Callie congratulating them on the birth of their daughter (it’s not all about us, after all), then we went to Champagne’s where Richard got some bread.

We arrived back home at 3:00 pm, and I finished with the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I then cancelled my hold at the Lafayette Public Library for Time and Again by Jack Finney, and purchased the book on my Nook instead. At 4:30 pm I watched Jeopardy!, and Richard researched flying up to see the kids and the baby the week after next on our days off. (Nothing is written in stone; we want to talk to Matthew first, to see if our coming up for a day and a half would be ok for him and Callie.) I then finished my laundry, and ironed my casino pants, apron, and shirts. I then got on the computer to do today’s Daily Update early and to do the Weekly Virus Scan; we will eat dinner, and then watch the two-hour season finale of CSI: Cyber.

Tomorrow is the Traditional Date for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, but where I live, we will celebrate that feast on Sunday. Tomorrow is also the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle; it is also the birthday of Richard’s oldest brother Butch (1941) and of the kids’ friend Logan (1984). I do not have anything special scheduled for tomorrow except for buying my salad supplies and making my lunch salads. Tomorrow evening our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team will begin a three-game away series with Missouri, which will end the regular season.

On this Wednesday evening our Parting Quote comes to us from Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, television personality and columnist. Born as Joyce Bauer in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, her parents were Jewish attorneys. After high school she entered Cornell University, double majoring in home economics and psychology, and earned her Ph.D degree in psychology from Columbia University. During this time she married Milton Brothers, an internist, in 1949. The American Association of University Women AAUW awarded Brothers the American Fellowship in 1952, which enabled her to complete the doctoral degree. Brothers gained fame in late 1955 by winning The $64,000 Question game show, on which she appeared as an expert in the subject area of boxing. Originally, she had not planned to have boxing as her topic, but the sponsors suggested it, and she agreed. A voracious reader, she studied every reference book about boxing that she could find; she would later tell reporters that it was thanks to her good memory that she assimilated so much material and answered even the most difficult questions. After seven weeks on the show she became the second person, and only woman, to win the $64,000 top prize. Two years later, Brothers appeared on a successor program, The $64,000 Challenge, which matched the contestant against experts in the field. Again, Brothers walked off with the maximum prize. Her success on The $64,000 Question earned Brothers a chance to be the color commentator for CBS during the boxing match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson. She was said to have been the first woman boxing commentator. By August 1958 Brothers was given her own television show on a New York station, but her topic was not sports; she began doing an advice show about relationships, during which she answered questions from the audience. She claimed to have been the first television psychologist. In 1959, allegations that quiz shows were rigged, due to the Charles Van Doren controversy on the quiz show Twenty One, began to surface and stirred controversy. Despite these claims, Brothers insisted she had not cheated, nor ever been given any answers to questions in advance. During a 1959 hearing in the quiz show scandal, a producer exonerated her of involvement. Brothers presented syndicated advice shows on both television and radio, during a broadcasting career that lasted more than four decades. Her shows changed names numerous times, from The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show to Consult Dr. Brothers to Tell Me, Dr. Brothers toAsk Dr. Brothers to Living Easy with Dr. Joyce Brothers. In 1964 she interviewed and posed for publicity photographs with The Beatles on their first visit to the United States. Brothers also had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine for almost four decades, and a syndicated newspaper column that she began writing in the 1970s and which at its height was printed in more than 300 newspapers. By the early 1970s she was famous enough that she appeared in several television shows (both dramas and comedies) as herself in the person of a psychologist, and also appeared in The Lonely Guy (1984), Analyze That (2002), and Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002). She also published several books including the 1981 book What Every Woman Should Know About Men, and the 1991 book Widowed, inspired by the loss of her husband in 1989 (died 2013): “Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.”

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