Daily Update: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

03-06 - Battle of the Alamo

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Lætare Sunday). We have no Saints to honor, but in the secular world, we Remember the Alamo! which fell on this day in 1836 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is the midpoint Sunday of Lent, so today is known as Lætare Sunday, so called from the incipit (the first few words) of the Introit at Mass, “Lætare Jerusalem” (“O be joyful, Jerusalem”). The day is a day of relaxation from normal Lenten rigours; a day of hope with Easter being at last within sight. Traditionally, even weddings (otherwise banned during Lent) could be performed on this day, and servants were released from service for the day to visit their mothers. In light of the moderately joyful tone of this Sunday, priests have the option of wearing rose-colored vestments for today’s Masses. Turning to the Alamo, after a thirteen day siege, Republic of Mexico General Antonio López de Santa Anna, with an army of 2,400 men, overran some two hundred Republic of Texas defenders under the command of co-commanders James Bowie and William B. Travis at the Alamo, killing all of the Texans within the Alamo. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texans defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the Texas Revolution in favor of the Republic of Texas. In San Antonio de Béxar, the largely Tejano population viewed the Alamo complex as more than just a battlesite; it represented decades of assistance as a mission, a hospital, or a military post.  As the English-speaking population increased, however, the complex became best known for the battle. Focus has centered primarily on the Texan defenders, with little emphasis given to the role of the Tejano soldiers who served in the Texan army or the actions of the Mexican army. In the early 20th century the Texas Legislature purchased the property and appointed the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as permanent caretakers of what is now an official state shrine. In front of the church, in the center of Alamo Plaza, stands a cenotaph, designed by Pompeo Coppini in 1939, which commemorates the Texans and Tejanos who died during the battle. According to Bill Groneman’s Battlefields of Texas, the Alamo has become “the most popular tourist site in Texas”. Within Mexico, the battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War of 1846–48.

Our LSU Men’s Basketball in their last regular season game was beaten by #22 Kentucky by the score of 77 to 94: our Tigers will next play in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, March 11th. Our LSU Baseball team beat Fordham in the second game of their three-game home series by the score of 15 to 1. Our New Orleans Pelicans lost their home game to the Utah Jazz by the score of 94 to 106. And our LSU Baseball beat Fordham in the third game of their three-game home series by the score of 10 to 7; our Tigers will next play a single home game with Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, March 8th.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading and brought in the flag I had put out for Election Day. (Donald Trump won the Republican primary and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Louisiana, and our interim mayor (serving since our previous mayor died in office) handily won our mayor’s election.) on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we clocked in at the casino, Richard spent the day on Mississippi Stud, and I was on the second Mississippi Stud table.

When we got home I ate my lunch salad while reading the Sunday papers, and Richard arranged to send a wedding gift to his grand niece Hannah from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I then took a nap for the rest of the day. Our son’s friend Derek brought over his cat Bobby Brown to live with us for a few months while Derek gets his life organized, and I did not do my Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of  Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity, Martyrs (died 203). We will head to the casino for the first day of the two-week pay period, and Richard will be fasting after 3:00 am. On my breaks I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Sunday, March 6th via WordPress for Android. After work we will go to the clinic, where Richard will have Blood drawn for Lab Work ahead of his appointment with the Nurse Practitioner on March 14th. When we get home from work I will make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday and eat my Monday salad while reading the paper. And our New Orleans Pelicans will be playing a home game with the Sacramento Kings in the evening; I will post the score of the game in Tuesday’s Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote this Sunday afternoon comes to us from Betty Millard, American writer, artist, political activist, philanthropist, and feminist. Born as Elizabeth Millard in 1911 in Highland Park, Illinois, to a wealthy, conservative family, she studied at Barnard College in New York City in 1932. There she discovered political activism when she marched against the United States’ support for fascist leader Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Alongside Nora Stanton Barney, Haley Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony, Millard was a member of the Congress of American Women (CAW), an affiliated group of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF). Millard worked to tie the CAW’s women’s rights agenda to the history of the women’s suffrage movement as well as to the women’s labor movement through her organizing efforts, writing, and educating. Millard was responsible for founding the Los Angeles chapter of the CAW. In Los Angeles, Millard began organizing and teaching classes on American women’s history and status. While working with the WIDF, Millard spent two years promoting feminism as well as women’s rights in Paris, France, following the Allied victory in World War II. In addition to advocating for women in France, Millard promoted the rights of women in Italy. In 1948, Millard produced the influential twenty-four-page feminist pamphlet “Woman against Myth”, which analysed the inequality between the sexes. Published by International Publishers and appearing first in her own New Masses magazine, the work examined and explained the history of the women’s movement in the United States, in the socialist movement, and in the USSR. Along with editing New Masses for four years, Millard edited Latin America Today for five years during the mid-1950s. It was a monthly magazine devoted to social and political developments.She was a strong supporter of the campaign of Cheddi Jagan, said to have ties to the Soviet Union, for prime minister of British Guiana. Millard left the party towards the end of the 1950s. She nevertheless continued to be politically active through her efforts to gain the release from prison of David Siqueiros, Mexican Communist Party member and social realist painter and also through her efforts to end the Vietnam War. In the 1990s Millard became an advocate for gay and lesbian rights, and openly affirmed her own lesbianism. Around the same time Millard was drawn towards environmental issues. She became a philanthropist through her wealthy family inheritance and donated to progressive, LGBT, and environmental organizations (died 2010): “Rape is a violent expression of a pattern of male supremacy, an outgrowth of age-old economic, political and cultural exploitation of women by men.”

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