Daily Update: Friday, February 10th, 2017


Today is the Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin (died 543).

Today’s Saint was born about 480 in Nursia, Umbria, and she was the twin sister of Saint Benedict; their mother died in childbirth. She led a community of women at Plombariola near Montecassino. According to Saint Gregory the Great in his Dialogues, “Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together. Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother, “Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life.” “Sister,” he replied, “What are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell.” When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly, he began to complain. “May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?” “Well, she answered, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.” So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life. Three days later, Benedict was in his cell. Looking up to the sky, he saw his sister’s soul leave her body in the form of a dove, and fly up to the secret places of heaven. Rejoicing in her great glory, he thanked almighty God with hymns and words of praise. He then sent his brethren to bring her body to the monastery and lay it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.” Scholastica is the Patron Saint of convulsive children and nuns, and her aid is invoked against storms and rain.

Last night our LSU Lady Tigers won their College Basketball game with the Ole Miss Lady Rebels by the score of 62 to 51; our LSU Lady Tigers (17-7, 6-5) will next play an Away College Basketball game with the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores (11-13, 1-10) on Monday, February 13th, 2017.

Upon waking up to get ready for work today, I did my Book Devotional Reading; on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in, I was fasting (more anon). Richard was on the $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack table all day; I started out as the dealer on Pai Gow, then became the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat (which at times was a combination Macau / Regular Mini Baccarat table), and Pai Gow; I also broke the second Three Card Poker table on my last rotation.

After we clocked out, we went over to the Clinic. I picked up my prescriptions, and had blood drawn and a urine sample taken ahead of my appointment with the Renal Physician on Thursday, February 16th. On our way through Kinder we got lunch via the drive-through window at McDonald’s, and once we got home I read the morning paper. And as I have a headache (presumably from fasting), I will go ahead and do today’s Daily Update, and then I will go to bed for the duration. Our #5 LSU Lady Tigers will begin their College Softball season with a home game against the Oklahoma State Lady Cowboys, followed by a game with the Penn State Lady Lions (Home). Our New Orleans Pelicans (20-33, 2-6) will be playing an Away NBA game with the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-33, 2-7); I will record the scores of the softball games and the NBA game in Saturday’s Daily Update. The Full Moon will arrive at 6:34 pm, and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will occur at 6:45 pm.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick. Richard and I will work our eight hours at the casino, and I will start reading The Death House by Sarah Pinborough via Kindle on my tablet (it’s our next Third Tuesday Book Club book). In the afternoon, after I read the paper, I will go to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. I will then eat lunch at McDonald’s, then go to the Church for the 4:00 pm Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our#5 LSU Lady Tigers will play Home College Softball games with the McNeese Lady Cowboys and the Penn State Lady Lions, and our LSU Tigers (9-14, 1-10) will be playing a Home College Basketball game with the Arkansas Razorbacks (17-6, 6-4); I will record the scores of the games in Sunday’s Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote this Wednesday evening comes to us from Karl Josef Becker, German theologian. Born in 1928 in Cologne, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1948 after having studied classical philology for three semesters. After the novitiate in Cologne, he studied philosophy at the Jesuit University of Pullach (today University for Philosophy in Münich) from 1950 to 1953. From 1955 to 1959, he studied theology at the University for Philosophy and Theology Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt am Main. He was ordained as a Priest in 1958. His doctoral dissertation in theology was “Die Rechtfertigungslehre nach Domingo de Soto. Das Denken eines Konzilstellnehmers vor, in und nach Trient” (“The Doctrine of Justification according to Domingo de Soto. The Thinking of a Councilor Before, In and After Trent”), which he defended in 1963 and published in 1967. In 1963 he taught theology at the Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Germany.In 1969 he was called to Rome and taught dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 1972-1985 he was editor-in-chief of the journal Gregorianum. Becker was consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1985, and enjoyed the respect and trust of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the congregation (and future Pope Benedict XVI). He made particular contributions to the 1997 -1999 dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation that produced the Joint Declaration on Justification in 2000. It is widely believed that Becker was involved in the Vatican’s investigation of fellow Jesuit Fr. Jacques Dupuis and his work Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism in 2001. In 2003 he became professor emeritus at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In December 2005 Becker wrote An Examination of Subsistit in: A Profound Theological Perspective. He took part in the eight sessions (2009 – 2011) of the working group of the Ecclesia Dei commission with the Society of St. Pius X. Especially during the years of his retirement from full-time teaching he dedicated himself increasingly to the study of world religions, in particular in their relations to the Catholic Church. Those years of study culminated in the 2010 volume Catholic Engagement with World Religions: a comprehensive study, which he jointly  edited with Prof. Ilaria Morali, Prof. Gavin D’Costa, and Prof. Maurice Borrmans, M.Afr. Pope Benedict XVI made Becker a cardinal on February 18th, 2012. Considering his age, Becker asked for and received dispensation not to be consecrated a bishop as required by canon law. Becker was Cardinal-Deacon of San Giuliano Martire; his motto on his coat of arms was Quaerere Deum in Omnibus, Seek God in All Things. He participated  in (but did not vote) the conclave that chose Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be Pope Francis in 2013  (died 2015): “Anyone who wants to defend, along with the Second Vatican Council, the perpetual presence of all the means of salvation instituted by Christ in the Catholic Church must also be prepared to look carefully at the problems which the Council left open. And anyone who does this will find in its teaching clear indications about how to confront and how to resolve these problems. ”

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