Daily Update: Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Teresa of Lisieux and Banned Books Week 2016

Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,  and the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor (died 1897). And Banned Books Week ends today.

The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Today’s Saint, born in 1873 in Alcon, Normandy, as Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, was the youngest of five daughters in a very devout family (her father, Saint Louis Martin (died 1894), had wished to become a priest, and her mother, Saint Marie-Azélie Guérin Martin (died 1877), had wished to become a nun; when they married each other, they had lived as brother and sister until their confessor convinced them that their duty as married Catholics was to produce and raise Catholic children). Her mother died when she was only four, and the family moved to Lisieux, Normandy, to be closer to family. She was cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Educated by the Benedictine nuns of Notre-Dame-du-Pre, she was confirmed there at age eleven. Just before her 14th birthday she received a vision of the Child Jesus; she immediately understood the great sacrifice that had been made for her, and developed an unshakable faith. She then tried to join the Carmelites, but was turned down due to her age. As a pilgrim to Rome in 1897 with her father and sister for the Jubilee of Pope Leo XIII, when her turn came to speak to the Pope she asked him to be allowed to enter the Carmel. The Pope said: “Well, my child, do what the superiors decide…. You will enter if it is God’s Will,” and he blessed Thérèse. She refused to leave his feet, and the Swiss Guard had to carry her out of the room. Soon after that, the Bishop of Bayeux authorized the prioress to receive Thérèse, and on April 9th, 1888 she became a Carmelite postulant, joining one of her sisters. She took her final vows in 1890 at age 17, and took the name of Thérèse of the Child Jesus. She was known by all for her complete devotion to spiritual development and to the austerities of the Carmelite rule. Due to health problems resulting from her ongoing fight with tuberculosis, her superiors ordered her not to fast. She was made novice mistress at age 20. At the age of 22 she was ordered by her prioress (her own sister) to begin writing her memories and ideas, which material was published as Histoire d’une Ame (The Story of a Soul) in 1898. Thérèse defined her path to God and holiness as The Little Way, which consisted of child-like love and trust in God. The Little Flower had an on-going correspondence with Carmelite missionaries in China, often stating how much she wanted to come work with them. Many miracles were attributed to her after her early death from tuberculosis. She was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II, and she is the Patron Saint of Missionaries, HIV/AIDS sufferers, florists and gardeners, those who have lost parents, and tuberculosis sufferers, and of the state of Alaska and of the countries of France and Russia. And Banned Books Week ends today, so read Ulysses by James Joyce today!

When I woke up to get ready for work, I changed the date on my watches, then did my Book Devotional Reading. I then put my spare Galaxy Note 4 battery into my phone, cleared the phone call list and voice-mails on my Galaxy Note 4, and flipped to October on my Wall Calendars. I then put out my LSU flag, cleared my Browsing Data and Searches on Wikipedia, Play Store, and Facebook, deleted my Google Search history, and took Screenshots of my Galaxy Note 4 home screens. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, we headed out to the casino floor. Richard was the relief dealer for Mini Baccarat (which was a Macau table until about 6:30 am), and Pai Gow; he also broke the second Mississippi Stud table once, and on his last rotation also broke the Four Card Poker table. I was on the Mini Baccarat table. On one of my breaks I purchased a pink ribbon to support breast cancer survivors.

On our way home from work Richard stopped at the bakery and bought French bread. I set up my medications for next week (I have two prescriptions to renew at the Pharmacy on Monday), then, while Richard went to see his cousin Lele here in town, I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper. I then went to the Adoration Chapel and did my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. After my Hour, on my way home, I ran my car through the local car wash. Once home at about 2:15 pm I took a nap until the alarm woke me at 5:30 pm. Richard was already up, making spaghetti, which we will be eating at 6:30 pm for the kickoff of the College Football Game (a home SEC matchup) between our LSU Tigers (2-2, 1-2) and the Missouri Tigers (2-2, 0-1) . This will be the first game since the firing of Coach Les Miles and his offensive coordinator; we shall see how the team does under the leadership of Interim Coach Ed Orgeron. Also in a Pre-Season NBA game, our New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks in Bossier City, Louisiana. I will now end this Daily Update, and go eat spaghetti and watch the Tigers; I will post the scores of both games in Sunday’s Daily Update. And I did not do any First Saturday devotions.

Tomorrow is the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Memorial of the Guardian Angels; because tomorrow is the First Sunday in October, tomorrow is Respect Life Sunday. And at sunset tomorrow Rosh Hashana 5777 will begin. We will work our eight hours for the last day of the two-week pay period. Once home from work I will make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday, and eat a salad while reading the Sunday papers. I might try to stay up to see the first bit of the NFL Away game between our New Orleans Saints (0-3, 0-1) and the San Diego Chargers (1-2, 1-2), at 3:30 pm; I will record the final score of the game in Monday’s Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote on this Saturday afternoon comes to us from Tom Clancy, American author. Born as Thomas Clancy, Jr. in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, his father worked for the United States Postal Service and his mother worked in a store’s credit department. After graduating from a private high school in 1965, he attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English literature. While at Loyola, he was president of the chess club and joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps; however he was ineligible to serve due to his nearsightedness, which required him to wear thick eyeglasses. After graduating he worked for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1973 he joined the O. F. Bowen Agency, a small insurance agency based in Owings, Maryland, founded by his wife’s grandfather. In 1978 he became a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. In 1980 he purchased the insurance agency from his wife’s grandmother, and wrote novels in his spare time. Clancy’s literary career began in 1982 when he started writing The Hunt for Red October which in 1984 he sold for publishing to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000. The publisher was impressed with the work, and requested Clancy to cut numerous technical details, amounting to about 100 pages. Clancy, who had wanted to sell 5,000 copies, ended up selling over 45,000. After publication, the book received praise from President Ronald Reagan, calling the work “the best yarn”, subsequently boosting sales to 300,000 hardcover and 2 million paperback copies of the book, making it a national bestseller. The book was critically praised for its technical accuracy, which led to Clancy’s meeting several high-ranking officers in the U.S. military. Clancy’s fiction works, The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games (1987), Clear and Present Danger (1989; it sold 1,625,544 hardcover copies, making it the #1 bestselling novel of the 1980s), and The Sum of All Fears (1991), were turned into commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck as Clancy’s most famous fictional character, CIA Analyst Jack Ryan, while his second most famous character, John Clark, a CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer and Navy SEAL, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. All but two of Clancy’s solely written novels feature Jack Ryan or John Clark. A longtime holder of conservative and Republican views, Clancy’s books bear dedications to American conservative political figures, most notably Ronald Reagan. The Cold War epic Red Storm Rising, co-written with fellow military-oriented author Larry Bond, was published in 1986. By 1988 Clancy had earned $1.3 million for The Hunt for Red October and had signed a $3 million contract for his next three books. By 1997 it was reported that Penguin Putnam Inc. (part of Pearson Education) would pay Clancy $50 million for world rights to two new books, and another $25 million to Red Storm Entertainment for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy wrote several nonfiction books about various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Clancy also branded several lines of books and video games with his name that were written by other authors, following premises or storylines generally in keeping with Clancy’s works. These are sometimes referred to by fans as “apostrophe” books; Clancy did not initially acknowledge that these series were being authored by others; he only thanked the actual authors in the headnotes for their “invaluable contribution to the manuscript”. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees. The first Op-Center novel was released to coincide with a 1995 NBC television mini-series of the same name starring Harry Hamlin and a cast of stars. Though the mini-series did not continue, the book series did, but it had little in common with the first mini-series other than the title and the names of the main characters. The first NetForce novel (titled Net Force and published in 1999) was adapted as a 1999 TV movie starring Scott Bakula and Joanna Going. Clancy was one of only three authors to have sold two million copies on a first printing in the 1990s (the other two being John Grisham and J. K. Rowling). A week after the September 11th, 2001 attacks, on The O’Reilly Factor, Clancy suggested that left-wing politicians in the United States were partly responsible for September 11th due to their “gutting” of the Central Intelligence Agency. Based on his interest in private spaceflight and his $1 million investment in the launch vehicle company Rotary Rocket, Clancy was interviewed in 2007 for the documentary film Orphans of Apollo (2008). With the release of The Teeth of the Tiger (2003), Clancy introduced Jack Ryan’s son and two nephews as main characters; these characters continued in his last four novels, Dead or Alive (2010), Locked On (2011), Threat Vector (2012), and Command Authority (2013).  Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. Clancy’s estate, which was once a summer camp, was located in Calvert County, Maryland. It was 80 acres and had a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay. The stone mansion, which cost $2 million, had twenty-four rooms and featured a shooting range in the basement. The property also featured a World War II-era M4 Sherman tank, a Christmas gift from his first wife (died 2013): “Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn’t have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away.”

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