Daily Update: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and William Joseph Chaminade and Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

Today is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (died 1850). (The rest of the world will celebrate the Optional Memorial of Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr (died 304), but we will celebrate that tomorrow.) Also, today is the Fifth Day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the Theme for 2017 is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20), and our meditation will be on “Everything Has Become New” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Today is the 44rd Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade; normally, on that account today would be the annual Day of Prayer and Penance for Life, but since today is Sunday the annual Day of Prayer and Penance for Life will be on Monday.

Today’s Saint was born in 1761 in Périgueux  in the former province of Périgord, France, now the Department of Dordogne. The fourteenth child of deeply religious parents, three of his brothers became priests. Feeling called to serve in this way as well, he entered a minor seminary in Mussidan at the age of ten. He was ordained a priest in 1785 for the local diocese. In 1790, after the start of the French Revolution, Chaminade moved to Bordeaux. There he became an enemy of the state by defying the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, which would have required him to take an oath affirming the Revolution’s secular values and disclaiming the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. He secretly continued to work as a priest, risking a possible death penalty. One of his allies in this work was the Venerable Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous (1754–1836), whom he later assisted in founding Bordeaux’s Miséricorde (House of Mercy) for “fallen women”. In 1795, when the national government sought to work with the non-juring clergy, Chaminade accepted responsibility for supervising the reconciliation of the clergy of Bordeaux who had taken the Constitutional Oath but wanted to make peace with the Catholic Church; about fifty such priests completed their reconciliation with his help. After the Coup of 18 Fructidor by the French Directory in 1797, he fled the country and found refuge in Zaragoza, Spain, for three years. While living there, he would regularly visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar out of his strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. As a result of his prayer he developed a vision for restoring the Catholic faith to France. To this end, he decided to build an organization of both lay and religious Order members, taking her as the model of a perfect disciple of Jesus. When he returned to Bordeaux in November 1800, he re-established the Marian Sodality, which he hoped would promote the desecularization of France by offering “the spectacle of a people of saints”. He saw the development of the young lay movement as the prime focus of his mission. In this he was opposed by the traditionalist forces in the Church, both clergy and lay, who saw the re-creation of the privileges and institutions of the pre-Revolutionary Church as the true goal of their restoration of the faith in France. In 1824 Chaminade published a reply to that line of thinking in which he stated, “The levers that move the moral world somehow need a new fulcrum.” The sodality spread to other cities, and the Vatican recognized his efforts by appointing him Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bazas and later, in 1801, naming him an “Apostolic Missionary” to the region, confirming their trust in him. Some sodalitists wanted to make a more complete commitment to the Church, so Chaminade, along with the Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon (1789–1828), founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate in Agen in 1816. A year later, he founded the Society of Mary at Bordeaux. Both religious institutes devoted themselves to teaching. Chaminade sought to establish a network of schools to train Catholic teachers, but this effort was checked by the 1830 Revolution. However, both of Chaminade’s religious institutes continued to grow: the Daughters of Mary founded schools in south-western France to educate rural women and the Society of Mary expanded in France and spread to Switzerland (1839) and the United States of America (1849). The last ten years of Chaminade’s life were filled with problems of health, finances and obstacles to his vision in the administration of the Society. He was replaced in January 1846 as Superior General by a General Chapter, which he considered illegitimate, called by members of the General Council of the Society, with the approval of the Holy See. Partially paralyzed, he thereafter was left in virtual isolation by the government of the Society. The cause for his canonization was opened in 1909, and the cause was submitted to Rome by the Marianists in 1918. Study on the matter continued until 1973, when Chaminade was declared Venerable by Pope Paul VI. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000; if you know of any miracles that can be attributed to him, please contact the Vatican. Today is the Fifth Day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; for today, our meditation will be on “Everything Has Become New” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we pray, “Triune God, you reveal yourself to us as Father and Creator, as Son and Savior, and as Spirit and Giver of Life, and yet you are one. You break our human boundaries and renew us. Give us a new heart to overcome all that endangers our unity in you. We pray in the name of Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Today is the 44th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, when the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, thereby subjecting all laws in the States attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny. In consequence, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has ruled “In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22nd (or January 23rd, when January 22nd falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.” (I myself am against abortion, but I will point out that repealing Roe v. Wade would simply return the issue of the legality of abortion to the fifty states.)

Last night our LSU Tigers lost their College Basketball game with the Arkansas Razorbacks by the score of 86 to 99; our LSU Tigers (9-9, 1-6) will next play a home College Basketball game with the #19 Florida Gators (14-5, 5-2) on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017.

I did my Book Devotional Reading upon getting up to get ready for work today, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in on this last day of the two-week pay period, Richard was on Mini Baccarat, and I was on Three Card Poker.

On our way home from work I finished reading Silence by Shūsaku Endō, Translated by William Johnston. We stopped at Wal-Mart, where I got my 65 mg Iron that I needed and some bread. Once home from work I made my lunch salads for tomorrow and Tuesday, and ate a lunch salad while reading the Sunday papers. (A former dealer from many years ago, who we know, was arrested up in Mamou for animal cruelty after three miniature horses were found dead and other miniature horses malnourished on her property, and a guest who plays High Stakes Table Games at the casino was arrested after he robbed our local bank, having ridden up to the bank on his bicycle.) I then came to the computer and did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Silence by Shūsaku Endō, Translated by William Johnston. And I am now doing today’s Daily Update, as I plan to go to bed for the duration after I finish this Daily Update. Our LSU Lady Tigers (14-5, 3-3) will be playing an Away College Basketball game with the Texas A&M Lady Aggies (14-5, 4-2)this afternoon, and I will record the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr (died 304) (moved from January 22nd for those of us in the United States), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Marianne Cope, Virgin and Religious (died 1918). Tomorrow is also the annual Day of Prayer and Penance for Life. Tomorrow is the Sixth Day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the Theme for 2017 is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20), and we will meditate on “God Reconciled Us To Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:18). We will work our eight hours at the casino for the start of our two-week pay period, and after 3:00 am I will be fasting. After work, at 11:00 am, I will have my blood drawn for lab work ahead of my January 26th, 2017 appointment with my oncologist, and I will have my appointment with the Doctor / Nurse Practitioner. And tomorrow night our New Orleans Pelicans (17-27, 1-6) will play a Home NBA game with the Cleveland Cavaliers (30-11, 3-5), and I will post the score of the game in Tuesday’s Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote on this Sunday afternoon comes to us from Leslie Frankenheimer, American film and television set designer. Born as Leslie McCarthy in 1948 in Los Angeles, California, her grandfather was Neil S. McCarthy, an entertainment lawyer who had famed director Cecil B. DeMille as one of his clients. A fourth-generation Angeleno, she attended UCLA, the New York School of Interior Design and the Art Center College of Design, where she majored in space design. Before becoming a set decorator, she worked for the architectural engineering firms A.C. Martin and Associates and Morganelli-Hume and did window dressings for the May Company department store. Her first set design work was on three episodes of Galactica 1980 (1980). Her first film work was on Falling in Love Again (1980). Around the same time, she received word that a second set decorator was needed in the art department for the film The Blues Brothers (1980). She got the job from having experience as a store window dresser, and dressed the entire Dixie Square Mall as shown in the film. She did work on One From The Heart (1982), and by the time of her work on Blade Runner (1982) she had married entertainment lawyer John Frankenheimer. She did twenty episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983 – 1986), seven episodes of Max Headroom (one of which gave her her first Emmy Award) (1987), and fifty-one episodes of L.A. Law (1988 – 1990). During the 1990s she worked on forty-one episodes of Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 1997; her biggest design challenge was with the 1997 episode “Concerning Flight”, where she had to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s workroom as a holodeck program. In 1999 she won another Emmy for the pilot episode of Buddy Faro. In 2001 she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Emeril (2000), and won another Emmy for the television movie James Dean (2001). She won her final Emmy in 2004 for the pilot episode of Carnivàle (2003). Her final work was on six 2012 episodes of Ben and Kate. She was a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Art Directors/Set Decorators peer group (died 2013): “When friends would come in from out of town, my mother would take them to Paramount, and I was allowed to tag along. The sets were magnificent — everything in place and so character driven. I remember how fascinating it was to see these rich rooms held up by unfinished wood and 2x4s! I was very young, but I knew these people were creating magic, and I wanted to be a part of it!”

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