Daily Update: Monday, November 28th, 2016

Catherine Laboure

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine Labouré, Religious (died 1876). And Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th. .

Today’s Saint was born as Zoé Labouré in 1806 in Fain-lès-Moutiers, Côte-d’Or, France. Her father was a farmer, and when her mother died when Zoé was just nine years old, it is said that after her mother’s funeral, the girl picked up a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and kissed it saying, “Now you will be my mother.” Her father’s sister offered to care for his two youngest children; after he agreed, Zoé and her sister moved to their aunt’s house at Saint-Rémy, a village nine kilometers from their home. She was extremely devout, of a somewhat romantic nature, given to visions and intuitive insights. As a young woman, she had a dream about St. Vincent De Paul, and became a member of the nursing order the Daughters of Charity, founded by the Saint, and took the name of Catherine. In April 1830 the remains of St. Vincent de Paul were translated to the Vincentian church in Paris, and the solemnities included a novena. On three successive evenings, upon returning from the church to the Rue du Bac, Catherine reportedly experienced in the convent chapel a vision of what she took to be the heart of St. Vincent above a shrine containing a relic of bone from his right arm. Each time the heart appeared a different color, white, red, and crimson. She interpreted this to mean that the Vincentian communities would prosper, and that there would be a change of government. Upon telling the convent chaplain of her vision, the chaplain advised her to forget the matter. On July 19th, 1830, the eve of the feast of St. Vincent, she woke up after hearing the voice of a child calling her to the chapel, where she heard the Virgin Mary say to her, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.” On November 27th, 1830, the Blessed Mother returned to her during evening meditations. She displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, rays of light came out of her hands in the direction of a globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the words “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary underneath. Asked why some of the rays of light did not reach the Earth, Mary reportedly replied “Those are the graces for which people forget to ask.” Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions. “All who wear them will receive great graces.” Catherine did so, and after two years’ worth of investigation and observation of Catherine’s normal daily behavior, the priest took the information to his archbishop without revealing Catherine’s identity. The request was approved and the design of the medallions was commissioned through French goldsmith Adrien Vachette. They proved to be exceedingly popular. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception had not yet been officially promulgated, but the medal with its “conceived without sin” slogan was influential in popular approval of the idea. Sister Catherine spent the next forty years caring for the aged and infirm. She died on December 31st, 1876 at the age of seventy. Catherine Labouré’s cause for sainthood was declared upon discovering her body was incorrupt. She was beatified on May 28th, 1933 by Pope Pius XI and canonized on July 27th, 1947 by Pope Pius XII. Her body is encased in glass beneath the side altar of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where she received her apparitions. Pope John Paul II used a slight variation of the reverse image of the Miraculous Medal as his coat of arms, a plain cross with an M in the lower right quadrant of the shield. She is the Patron Saint of the elderly, of the infirm, and of the Miraculous Medal. Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

Last night our New Orleans Saints beat the L.A. Rams the score of 49 to 21; our New Orleans Saints (5-6, 1-2) will next play a home NFL game with the Detroit Lions (7-4, 2-2) on Sunday, December 4th. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 81 to 91. And before he went to bed Richard bagged up our trash and put the bag in the trash bin out on the curb, where it has been sitting since our trash was not picked up on Thursday (Thanksgiving).

I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once at work in ADR I called the Pharmacy and renewed a prescription, then I printed out our pay stubs (using the desktop computer in ADR) for the pay period ended November 13th. (Payroll did not pay any employees base pay for hours worked on Monday, October 31st, and Richard and I both worked our eight hours that day.) Today was the third day of the three-day Heavy Business Volume Day for Thanksgiving, which should have been from Friday through Sunday, not Saturday through Monday; when we clocked in, the casino floor had very few guests. Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mississippi Stud and Three Card Poker, and on his last rotation he added the second Mississippi Stud game (which had opened up at 9:00 am) to his relief string. I was on Mississippi Stud. On my breaks I ordered a privately printed book, Sins of a Cajun Boy: The Legendary Story of Louisiana’s Famous Catman by Danny Singleton. At 8:00 am Richard took the pay statements I had printed out to our Scheduler.

After work we went over to the Clinic; I picked up Richard prescription and my prescription, and after a long delay Richard got his blood drawn for lab work ahead of his appointment next Monday with the Nurse Practitioner. We then got our lunch via the Drive Through window at McDonald’s in Kinder, which also took a long time (and they gave Richard a McRib and ten Chicken McNuggets, not the twenty Chicken McNuggets that he had ordered). Once home I read the morning paper. Richard took a nap at about 2:00 pm, and I relaxed doing not much of anything. And I will do today’s Daily Update now, so that immediately after I watch Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm I will light my Advent Candle and go to bed.

Tomorrow is the Remembrance of Servant of God Dorothy Day (died 1980). And tomorrow is the First Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. And Early Voting continues for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th. I will set my alarm for half an hour early, and Richard and I will sign the Early Out list (again) at the casino. At 6:20 am the New Moon will arrive. In the afternoon we will see Richard’s sister Bonnie from Texas, who will be coming through town. Our New Orleans Pelicans (6-12, 0-3) will play a Home NBA game with the Los Angeles Lakers (9-9, 3-2), and our LSU Tigers (4-2, 0-0) will play a Home College Basketball game with the Houston Cougars (4-0, 0-0).

Our Parting Quote on this Monday afternoon comes to us from Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. Born as Hilary Ziglar in 1926 in Coffee County, Alabama, he was the tenth of twelve children. In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father took a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, where he spent most of his early childhood. The next year, his father died of a stroke, and his younger sister died two days later. Ziglar served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was in the Navy V-12 Navy College Training Program and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. During this time, in 1946, he married and worked as a salesman in a succession of companies. In 1968 he became a vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company, moving to Dallas, Texas. In 1975 he wrote his first book, See You at the Top, published by Pelican after having been rejected by some thirty other publishers. This book began his career as a motivational speaker and author, who wove his active Christianity into his motivational work. He wrote his autobiography in 2004. In 2007 he suffered a fall down a flight of stairs that left him with short-term memory problems, but through 2010 he was still traveling about the country taking part in motivational seminars (died 2012): “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

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