Today is the Memorial of Saint Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor (died 397). It is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (1941).
Today’s Saint was born about 340 in Trier, southern Gaul (modern Germany), his family was of the nobility, and he was educated in the classics, Greek, and philosophy at Rome, Italy. A poet and noted orator, he converted to Christianity without being baptised. In about 372 he was made consular prefect or Governor of Liguria and Emilia, with headquarters at Milan, which was then (beside Rome) the second capital in Italy. When the bishop of Milan died, a dispute over his replacement led to violence. Ambrose intervened to calm both sides; he impressed everyone involved so much that though he was still an unbaptized catechumen, he was chosen as the new bishop. He resisted, claiming that he was not worthy, but to prevent further violence, he assented, and in 374 he was baptized, ordained as a priest, and consecrated as bishop. He immediately gave away his wealth to the Church and the poor, both for the good it did, and as an example to his flock. A noted preacher and teacher (his name of Ambrosius was punned upon, and he was called ‘the honey tongued doctor’), a Bible student of renown, and writer of liturgical hymns, he stood firm against paganism and Arians. His preaching helped convert Saint Augustine of Hippo, whom Ambrose baptized and brought into the Church. Ambrose’s preaching brought Emperor Theodosius to do public penance for his sins. He called and chaired several theological councils during his time as bishop, many devoted to fighting heresy. He welcomed Saint Ursus and Saint Alban of Mainz when they fled Naxos to escape Arian persecution, and then sent them on to evangelize in Gaul and Germany. Proclaimed a great Doctor of the Latin Church by Pope Boniface VIII in 1298, he is the Patron Saint of all things having to do with bees and beeswax, and of the city of Milan, Italy. Today is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, to remember and honor those who died in the Japanese attack on the American naval base of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and damaged 188 aircraft. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt, in a speech to Congress, stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Today is not a federal holiday, and government offices, schools, and businesses do not close; however, some organizations hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor.
I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, then I gathered up the trash. I then put the flag out in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day while Richard wheeled the trash bin to the curb. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Ninth and Final Day of my Immaculate Conception Novena. Once at the casino Richard went to the gift shop for some Claritin©. After 3:00 am I was fasting for my appointment at the Clinic at 11:00 am to have Blood Drawn and a Urine Specimen done ahead of my December 17th, 2015 Appointment with the Renal Specialist at the Clinic. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Macau Mini Baccarat (which late in the shift, after our Macau players left, became a regular Mini Baccarat table). I was on Let It Ride, closed that table, then became the Relief Dealer for Mississippi Stud and Three Card Poker. On my breaks I continued reading the September / October, 2015 issue of The Bible Today.
After work we went over to the Clinic. Richard picked up some of his prescriptions at the Pharmacy, and I had my Blood Drawn and a Urine Specimen done ahead of my December 17th, 2015 Appointment with the Renal Specialist at the Clinic. We picked up lunch via the drive through at McDonald’s in Kinder, and I finished reading the September / October, 2015 issue of The Bible Today, and started reading the November 2015 issue of National Geographic. Once home I read the morning paper, and while Richard washed his Casino shirts (more anon), I took a nap for the rest of the day. I thus did not light the Advent Candles or my Candles for the Second Night of Hanukkah, and I did not do my Daily Update. In the latest College Basketball Rankings, both of our LSU teams are unranked. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their home game with the Boston Celtics by the score of 93 to 111; our Pelicans will next play the Washington Wizards at home on December 11th.
Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation for the faithful. Tomorrow also begins the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis on April 11th, 2014 (the Sunday of Divine Mercy). Tomorrow is also the birthday of the youngest daughter of Richard’s sister Nita in Georgia, Mary (1994). Richard will bring his Casino shirts to exhange at Uniforms after work. On mu breaks I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Monday, December 7th, 2015 via WordPress for Android. Once home from work I will take a nap, then watch Jeopardy!, light the Advent Candles and the Candles for the Third Night of Hanukkah, and start putting up Christmas decorations.
Our Parting Quote on this Monday afternoon comes to us from Ken Weatherwax, American actor. Born as Kenneth Weatherwax in 1955 in Los Angeles, California, one of his maternal aunts was dancer Ruby Keeler, and two of his paternal uncles were the trainers and owners of the first dog to play Lassie. Additionally, his older half-brother Joey D. Vieira, using the stage name of Donald Keeler, played Sylvester “Porky” Brockway, a farm boy and Jeff’s friend in the first four seasons of Lassie from 1954 to 1957. Weatherwax’s first television credit was at the age of nine in a 1964 episode of Wagon Train. He was then cast as Pugsley Addams, the son in black and white television series The Addams Family; although relatively normal (compared to the zaniness of the other characters), he had a pet octopus named Aristotle. The show ran for only two years (from 1964 to 1966, with an eternal afterlife in syndication), with Weatherwax in 39 episodes (out of 64), but afterwards he was typecast and had trouble finding acting work. At age seventeen he entered the United States Army. In 1973 he voiced Pugsley Addams in the animated television show The Addams Family, and in 1977 he played Pugsley Sr. in the television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family. In 1992 he worked behind the scenes as a grip for the movie Unlawful Entry. Beginning in the 2000’s, he also appeared on various retrospective shows about child stars and 196os television (died 2014): “Frankly, I didn’t deal with [being Pugsley] very well. I was kicked out of like, six or seven schools, and went into [the Army] at the age of 17. I did kind of draw a lot of fire from that.”
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