Daily Update: Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Paul Miki and Companions

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

The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 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.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Sixth Day of my Lenten Novena. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow, and (once) for a Blackjack table in an overflow pit early in our shift.

On our way home I read the March 2016 issue of Consumer Reports. Once home I set up my medications for next week (I have no prescriptions to renew), then read the morning paper. I then headed for the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. During my Hour I finished reading the February 1st, 2016 issue of my Jesuit America magazine, and started reading the February 8th, 2016 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. After my Hour I ate lunch at McDonald’s, and continued reading Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich by Veronica Mary Rolf. Meanwhile, Richard put in for 7.00 hours of PTO to cover his Early Out time, and did not hear from his sister Susan, although he did call and talk to his brother Butch in Baton Rouge.

When I got home at 3:00 pm, I went to bed for the rest of the day. I thus did not do my First Saturday devotions or my Daily Update. Our LSU Men’s Basketball team beat Mississippi State by the score of 88 to 77; our Tigers will next play an away game with #25 South Carolina on February 10th. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their game with the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 84 to 99; our Pelicans will next play an away game with the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 8th.

Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Remembrance of Blessed Pius IX, Pope (died 1878), and the World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in Catholic parishes. Tomorrow is also Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, between the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. It will be a Heavy Business Volume Day at the Casino for the Super Bowl. We will work our eight hours for the last day of the pay period, and on my breaks I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Saturday, February 6th, 2016 via WordPress for Android. Our LSU Women’s Basketball will be playing an away game with #18 Kentucky at 11:00 am. Once home I will eat my lunch salad, and make my lunch Salads for Monday and Tuesday. We might see the girls (Callie, Amy, and the baby), and we might see Richard’s sister Susan from Iowa and his brother Butch. We will watch Super Bowl 50 between the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos, and then we will leave the house at 11:30 pm to sign the Early Out list on Free for All Monday.

Our Saturday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from André Brink, South African novelist. Born in 1935 in Vrede, Free State, as a child his family moved to Lydenburg, Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga), where he matriculated at Hoerskool Lydenburg in 1952 with seven distinctions, the second student from the Transvaal to achieve this feat. He then studied Afrikaans literature in the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University) in North West Province. His immense attachment with literature carried him to France from 1959 to 1961, where he got his degree from Sorbonne University at Paris in comparative literature. During his stay, he came across an undeniable fact which changed his mind forever, as black students in France were treated on equal social bases with other students. Back in South Africa, In the 1960s he, Ingrid Jonker, Etienne Leroux and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the significant Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers (“The Sixty-ers”). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends. In 1961 he was appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Afrikaans-Dutch at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown. In 1962 appeared Lobola vir die Lewe, which is considered his debut work. In 1963 he received the Eugene Prize of the South African Academy for Science and Art for his play Caesar. He was awarded the CNA Prize for his travel book Olé in 1965. During a second sojourn in France between 1967-1968, he hardened his political position against Apartheid, then writing both in Afrikaans and English to enlarge his audience and outplay the censure he was facing in his native country at this time. In 1970 he won the Academy Award for Translated Work of the South African Academy for Science and Art for his translation of Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Brink wrote Kennis van die aand (1973) in Afrikaans, then self-translated it into English and published it abroad as Looking on Darkness. This was his first self-translation. After that, Brink wrote his works simultaneously in English and Afrikaans. In 1975 he obtained his PhD in Literature at the Rhodes University. He won the CNA Prize for his novel Rumours of Rain (the English version of Gerugte van Reën) in 1978 (the novel was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize), and in 1982 won the CNA Prize again for his novel A Chain of Voices (the English version of Houd-den-Bek). In 1994 he won the Gustav Preller prize for Literature and Literary Criticism of the South African Academy for Science and Art. In 2000 Brink won the Hertzog Prize of the South African Academy for Science and Art for his drama (Die Jogger) (The Jogger), and won the Hertzog Prize again the next year for his novel Donkermaan (Dark Moon). In 2008 his family was beset by tragedy when his nephew Adri Brink was murdered in front of his wife and children in their Gauteng home. He published his memoir, A Fork in the Road, in 2009. Brink’s final novel was Philida, published in 2012. In February 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from the Belgian Francophone Université Catholique de Louvain, but died on the flight from Amsterdam to Capetown. At the time of his death he was an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Cape Town (died 2015): “One of my novels [Kennis van die aand (1973)] had the dubious distinction of being the first book in Afrikaans to be banned under apartheid.”

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