Daily Update: Monday, October 24th, 2016

Anthony Mary Claret and 10-24 - United Nations Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop (died 1870), and today is United Nations Day.

Born in 1807 in Sallent, Catalonia, today’s Saint worked as a weaver in his youth. Recognizing a call to religious life, he entered the seminary in 1829, and was ordained in 1835; he was a missionary in Catalonia and in the Canary Islands, and directed retreats. In 1849 he founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians). He was appointed Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba in 1849, consecrated in 1850, and arrived at his post in 1851. Having arrived at his destination he began at once the work of thorough reform. The seminary was reorganized, clerical discipline strengthened, and over nine thousand marriages validated within the first two years. He erected a hospital and numerous schools. Three times he made a visitation of the entire diocese, giving local missions incessantly. His zealous works stirred up much opposition in the anti-clerical mood of the period, as had happened previously in Spain. No fewer than fifteen attempts were made on his life, and at Holguín his cheek was slashed from ear to chin by a would-be assassin’s knife. In 1857 Claret was recalled to Spain by Queen Isabella II, who made him her confessor. He obtained permission to resign his see and was appointed to the titular see of Trajanopolis. His influence was now directed solely to help the poor and to propagate learning; he lived frugally and took up his residence in an Italian hospice. He continued his popular missions and distribution of books wherever he went in accompanying the Spanish Court. For nine years he was rector of the Escorial monastic school where he established a scientific laboratory, a museum of natural history, a library, college and schools of music and languages. His further plans were frustrated by the Revolution of 1868. When Isabella recognized the new, secular government of a united Italy, he left the Court and hastened to take his place by the side of the Pope; at the latter’s command, however, he returned to Madrid with faculties for absolving the queen from the censures she had incurred for recognizing the secular government. In 1869 he went to Rome to prepare for the First Vatican Council. Owing to failing health he withdrew to Prades in France, where he died. He was reported to have preached 10,000 sermons and to have published 200 works, besides spreading devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He is the Patron Saint of the Catholic Press, weavers, merchants, and technical and vocational instructors, of the congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly called the Claretians, of Claretian students, educators, and educational institutions, and of the Dioceses of the Canary Islands. Today is also United Nations Day. In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly declared October 24th, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for” its work. In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution (United Nations Resolution 2782) declaring that United Nations Day should be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. In the United States, the President has issued a proclamation each year for United Nations Day since 1946; President Barack Obama issued the 2016 Proclamation on October 21st.

Last night our New Orleans Saints lost their NFL away game with the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 21 to 27. Our New Orleans Saints (2-4, 1-1)  will next play a Home NFL game with the Seattle Seahawks (4-1, 1-1-1) on October 30th, 2016.

Michelle apparently came in last night, because when we woke up to get ready for work she was sleeping in the guest room. I posted to Facebook that today was United Nations Day, and did my Book Devotional Reading. Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Today was Payday (although we got our Direct Deposit into our checking account on Thursday night), so, as I do every Payday, while in ADR before work I checked our hours, the toke rate, and our accrued PTO against our online check stubs. Today all was not well – for Richard’s accrued PTO, it showed that he had 84.44 hours accrued, which is what the total was on the last paycheck date of October 2nd. When we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat; I was on the second Pai Gow table, closed that table, and was on the other Pai Gow table for the rest of the day, except for twenty minutes when I got so bored doing nothing on Pai Gow that I broke Mini Baccarat for twenty minutes. On my breaks I filled out my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto tickets to cover the next ten drawings, and reveiwed the Public Affairs Research Council Of Louisiana (PAR) Guide to the 2016 Constitutional Amendments. On one of his breaks Richard called the vet; we need to bring Little Black in at 8:00 am Wednesday (no food or drink since Tuesday evening), and we can pick him up on Wednesday afternoon after he has been neutered. On my last break I found that Richard needed to talk to Payroll about his accrued PTO.

After work Richard went to Payroll to see about his accrued PTO; they said they would call him back. On our way home we stopped at Wal-Mart, where I got birthday cards. Once home I made my lunch salads for Tuesday and Friday, and ate the lunch salad I already had made while reading the morning paper; our LSU Tigers Football team is now ranked #19 (up from #23). I continued reading One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde, then watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm. Michelle came by and camped on the couch, sick with a cold. And I will finish this Daily Update, then go out to the front room to read until Derek comes by to pick up Bobby Brown, then I will go to sleep.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Crispin and Saint Crispinian, Martyrs (died c. 286), which means that tomorrow is St. Crispin’s Day. And Early Voting begins in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. We may sign the Early Out List at the casino, and might get out early. And I will organize books tomorrow.

Our Monday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Maureen O’Hara, Irish-born American actress. Born as Maureen FitzSimons in 1920 in Ranelagh, County Dublin, she grew up in an “eccentric” devout Catholic family, and aspired to become an actress from a very young age. She trained with the Rathmines Theatre Company from the age of ten and at the Abbey Theatre from the age of fourteen. She was given a screen test, which was deemed unsatisfactory, but Charles Laughton saw potential and arranged for her to co-star with him in Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn in 1939 (he also convinced her to change her stage last name to O’Hara). She moved to Hollywood the same year to appear with him in the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and was given a contract by RKO Pictures. From there, she went on to enjoy a long and highly successful career, and acquired the nickname “The Queen of Technicolor”, something which she detested, believing that people saw her only for her beauty rather than her talent. O’Hara gained a reputation in Hollywood for bossiness and prudishness, avoiding the partying lifestyle. O’Hara later commented that “I’m not prudish but my training was strict”. She appeared in films such as How Green Was My Valley (1941) (her first collaboration with John Ford), The Black Swan with Tyrone Power (1942), The Spanish Main (1945), Sinbad the Sailor (1947), the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947) with John Payne and Natalie Wood (the Catholic Legion of Decency gave the movie a “B”, “morally objectionable in part” rating. This was mainly due to the fact that O’Hara was portraying a divorcée in the film) and Comanche Territory (1950). O’Hara made her first film with John Wayne, the actor with whom she was most closely associated, with Rio Grande (1950). This was followed by The Quiet Man (1952), her best-known film, and The Wings of Eagles (1957), by which time her relationship with Ford had deteriorated. Such was her strong chemistry with Wayne that many assumed they were married or in a relationship. In the 1960s O’Hara increasingly turned to more motherly roles as she aged, appearing in films such as The Deadly Companions (1961), The Parent Trap (1961) and The Rare Breed (1966). She retired from the industry in 1971 after starring with Wayne one final time in Big Jake, but returned 20 years later to appear with John Candy in Only the Lonely (1991). In the late 1970s O’Hara helped run her third husband’s flying business in St Croix in the American Virgin Islands, and edited a magazine, but after his death sold them to spend more time in Glengarriff in Ireland. She was married three times, and had one daughter, Bronwyn, born in 1944 to her second husband. Her autobiography, ‘Tis Herself, co-authored with Johnny Nicoletti, was published in 2004 and became a New York Times Bestseller. In September 2012 O’Hara flew to the United States after receiving doctor’s permission to fly, and moved in with her grandson in Idaho. In November 2014, she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription “To Maureen O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength.”  O’Hara became only the second actress, after Myrna Loy in 1991, to receive an Honorary Oscar without having previously been nominated for an Oscar in a competitive category (died 2015): “How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn’t a God directing?”

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