Daily Update: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Augustine Zhao Rong

Today we honor Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest and Martyr (died 1815), and Companions, Martyrs (1648 – 1930).

Most of the Companion Martyrs honored on this day (87) were born in China and were children, parents, catechists or laborers, ranging from nine years of age to 72. This group includes four Chinese diocesan priests. The 33 foreign-born martyrs were mostly priests or women religious, especially from the Order of Preachers, the Paris Foreign Mission Society, the Friars Minor, Jesuits, Salesians and Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. They were martyred because of their ministry and, in some cases, for their refusal to apostatize. Zhao Rong was a Chinese solider who accompanied Saint Gabriel-Taurin Dufresse, M.E.P. (Missions étrangères de Paris, the Paris Foreign Mission Society), Bishop, from his conviction as a Christian in Chengu to his martyrdom in Beijing (a distance of some 1,,200 miles) in 1815. Zao Rong was moved by the patience of the Bishop and had then asked to be numbered among the neophytes. Once baptised with the name of Augustine, he was sent to the seminary and then ordained a priest. Arrested, he was tortured and died in 1815. Beatified in groups at various times, these 120 martyrs were canonized in Rome on October 1, 2000.

Last night I finished reading 4000 Years of Uppity Women: Rebellious Belles, Daring Dames, and Headstrong Heroines Through the Ages by Vicki León.

Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb before I woke up at 10:00 am. I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, then read the Thursday papers. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Third Day of my Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Then I did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for 4000 Years of Uppity Women: Rebellious Belles, Daring Dames, and Headstrong Heroines Through the Ages by Vicki León.

Richard and I left the house at 12:45 pm; at the Hit-n-Run I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing. We then went to Wal-Mart, where I purchased some KT Tape© (more anon). On our way home we stopped at Little Caesars, where Richard picked up pizza pizza. We arrived home at 1:15 pm, and I uploaded my June 2015 photos from my phone to the computer while eating pizza pizza for lunch. I did a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts for my weblog, and at 4:30 pm I watched Jeopardy! Richard went to bed at 4:45 pm; I came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update. And before I go to sleep tonight I hope to start reading 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann.

Tomorrow we do not have any Saints to honor, so we will instead recall that it was on tomorrow’s date in 1553 that Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England, after the death of her first cousin once removed Edward VI. (She only held the throne for ten days, and was executed the next February, aged only sixteen or seventeen.) And tomorrow would have been my parent’s 61st wedding anniversary, were they both still among the living (1954). Before I get dressed tomorrow I will put the KT Tape© on my foot. Tomorrow being a Friday, Richard and I return to the casino for the beginning of our work week, and on my breaks at work I will start reading Lock In by John Scalzi for my Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club meeting on Tuesday evening. When we get home from work I will make my lunch salads for Friday and Sunday, and eat one of the salads while reading the morning paper. And I do not have anything else planned for tomorrow afternoon, save for the production of yet another Daily Update for the edification of my Three or Four Loyal Readers and Army of Followers.

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist and short story writer. Born as Jessica  Queale in 1916 in Gayndah, Queensland, to an English mother and an Irish father, she was brought up in Brisbane. As a child she always wrote poetry and stories and thought about being an architect, but felt that becoming one was not possible in Brisbane for a woman. She left school at age sixteen and attended the Brisbane Technical College Art School for a year, but moved to Sydney when she was 18 and was drawn into the bohemian life there. She lived most of her life in Sydney, though she also lived in London for two and a half years. Twice divorced, her first husband was the artist Ross McGill. Anderson started writing novels in her early 40s but had written stories and plays and adapted novels for radio prior to that. Most of these earlier works were published under pseudonyms; as her writing got better and she moved away from formula plots, she got more rejection slips. Her first published novel was An Ordinary Lunacy (1963). She came from a politically active family and joined the Australian Labor Party in 1976. In 1978 she received the Miles Franklin Award and the Australian Natives Association Literary Award for Tirra Lirra by the River. In 1980 she received the Miles Franklin Award for The Impersonators (published in the United States as The Only Daughter), and the next year won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction for the same book. In 1987 Anderson won The Age Book of the Year Award for Stories from the Warm Zone and Sydney Stories (died 2010): ”I was very much, and always have been, preoccupied with people who are strangers in their society.”

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