Daily Update: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Day of Abstinence and First Friday - Sacred Heart of Jesus and Katherine Drexel and 03-03 - World Wildlife Day

Today is a Friday in Lent, so today is a day of Abstinence from Meat. Today is also the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin (died 1955). And in the Secular World, today is World Wildlife Day.

Each Friday in Lent is a day of Abstinence from Meat. The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today’s Saint was born in 1858 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the extremely wealthy railroad entrepreneurs and philanthropists Francis Anthony and Emma (Bouvier) Drexel. She was taught from an early age to use her wealth for the benefit of others; her parents even opened their home to the poor several days each week. Katharine’s older sister Elizabeth founded a Pennsylvania trade school for orphans; her younger sister founded a liberal arts and vocational school for poor blacks in Virginia. Katharine nursed her mother through a fatal three-year illness before setting out on her own when her mother died in 1883. Interested in the condition of Native Americans, during an audience in 1887, she asked Pope Leo XIII to send more missionaries to Wyoming for her friend, Bishop James O’Connor. The pope replied, “Why don’t you become a missionary?” She visited the Dakotas, met the Sioux chief, and began her systematic aid to Indian missions, eventually spending millions of the family fortune. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy, and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored, now known simply as the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1891. She was advised by Mother Frances Cabrini on getting the Order’s rule approved in Rome, and got the approval in 1913. By 1942 she had a system of black Catholic schools in 13 states, 40 mission centers, 23 rural schools, 50 Indian missions, and Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, the first United States university for blacks, even though segregationists harassed her work. Following a heart attack, she spent her last twenty years in prayer and meditation, dying in 1955. She was canonized in 2000, and her shrine at the motherhouse of her order in Bensalem, Pennsylvania was declared a National Shrine in 2008. She is the Patron Saint of philanthropy and of racial justice. And today is World Wildlife Day. On December 20th, 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim March 3rd, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was proposed ty Thailand, as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The theme for 2017 is “Listen to the young voices,” a call to engage and empower the youth of the world.

Last night our LSU Lady Tigers beat the Ole Miss Lady Rebels in their College Basketball game at the SEC Tournament by the score of 65 to 49.

When I woke up to get ready for work, I posted to Facebook that today was World Wildlife Day. I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. I also purchased Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan from Amazon on Kindle. Once we clocked in at the casino, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, and I was the dealer on Mini Baccarat.  On one of my breaks I went to the office to sign paperwork about my 5th Point; I need to not call in for any reason until the end of this month, when a point falls off the calendar, because six points mean Probation.

On our way home Richard stopped at Wal-Mart for some groceries, then he stopped at the bank ATM for some cash for us. When we got home I read the morning paper and ate my lunch salad. The yard care guys came by and did the yard work, and Richard paid them $50.00. I did a couple of advance Daily Update drafts, and then worked a bit on my genealogy stuff. Richard went to bed at 3:00 pm, and I went to the front room and watched MST3K Episode 604, “Zombie Nightmare”. And I am now about to go to bed. Our #12 LSU Lady Tigers (13-3, 0-0) will be playing two home College Softball games, the first game with the Illinois State Lady Redbirds and the second game with the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls. Our #4 LSU Tigers (7-1, 0-0) will be playing an Away College Basketball game with the TCU Horned Frogs (Away). If our LSU Lady Tigers beat the Ole Miss Lady Rebels in their College Basketball game at the SEC Tournament, our Lady Tigers will play the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs. And our New Orleans Pelicans (24-37, 3-8) will be playing a Home NBA game with the San Antonio Spurs (46-13, 8-4).

Tomorrow is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is also the Optional Memorial of Saint Casimir, Prince (died 1484). And it is also March 4th, which is a date, a command, and a marching band out of Portland, Oregon. After work I will go to the Adoration Chapel for my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Our LSU Baseball team will be playing tomorrow, as will our LSU Tigers Basketball team, and our LSU Lady Tigers will be playing two College Softball games.

Our Parting Quote on this Friday afternoon comes to us from from M. Stanton Evans, American journalist, author and educator. Born as Medford Stanton Evans in 1934 in Kingsville, Texas, his father was Medford Bryan Evans, an author, college professor at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and official of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, and his mother was the classics scholar Josephine Stanton Evans. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Evans graduated in 1955 magna cum laude from Yale University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. As an undergraduate, he was an editor for the Yale Daily News, and read One Is a Crowd by Frank Chodorov. He then did graduate work in Economics at New York University under Ludwig von Mises.Upon graduation, Evans became assistant editor of The Freeman, where Chodorov was editor. The following year he joined the staff of William F. Buckley’s fledgling National Review (where he served as associate editor from 1960 to 1973), and became managing editor of Human Events, where he remained a contributing editor for the rest of his life. In 1959 Evans became head editorial writer of The Indianapolis News, rising to editor the following year (at age 26 he was the nation’s youngest editor of a metropolitan daily newspaper), a position he held until 1974. Evans was present at Great Elm, the family home of Buckley in Sharon, Connecticut, at the founding of Young Americans for Freedom, where, on September 11th, 1960, he drafted YAF’s charter, the Sharon Statement. Some conservatives still revere this document as a concise statement of their principles. Evans became a proponent of National Review co-editor Frank Meyer’s “fusionism”, a political philosophy reconciling the traditionalist and libertarian tendencies of the conservative movement. He argued that freedom and virtue are not antagonistic, but complementary. He was one of the first conservatives to denounce President Richard M. Nixon, just a year into his first term, co-writing a January 1970 American Conservative Union (ACU) report condemning his record. Under Evans’ leadership, the ACU issued a July 1971 statement concluding, “the American Conservative Union has resolved to suspend our support of the Administration.” In 1971 he became a commentator for the CBS Television and Radio Networks. From 1971 to 1977 Evans served as chairman of the ACU, which in June 1975  called upon former Governor Ronald Reagan of California to challenge incumbent Gerald R. Ford, Jr., for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. In 1974 he became a nationally columnist for The Los Angeles Times syndicate. In 1977 he founded the National Journalism Center, where he served as director until 2002. In 1980 he became an adjunct professor of journalism at Troy University in Troy, Alabama,where he held the Buchanan Chair of Journalism. That same year he became a commentator for National Public Radio, the Voice of America, Radio America and WGMS in Washington, D.C. From 1981 to 2002 he was publisher of Consumers’ Research magazine. In June 1982 Evans and others met with President Reagan, warning him about White House staff who thought they could make a deal with the Democratic Congress. (Reagan subsequently made such a deal, in which for each $1 in higher taxes Congress promised $3 in spending cuts; Reagan delivered the tax hike, but Congress reneged, actually increasing spending.) He founded the Education and Research Institute. In 1996 he wrote The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition. He served as president of the Philadelphia Society, a member of the Council for National Policy, the advisory board of Young Americans for Freedom, and a trustee of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), and was a member of the Board of Advisers of the National Tax Limitation Committee. Evans was awarded honorary doctorates from Syracuse University, John Marshall Law School, Grove City College and Francisco Marroquín University. He was a winner of two Freedom Foundation awards for editorial writing and the National Headliners Club Award for “consistently outstanding editorial pages.” Evans was also awarded the Heartland Institute’s Heartland Freedom Prize, the Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence, Accuracy in Media’s Reed Irvine award for excellence in journalism, the American Spectators Barbara Olson Award for Excellence & Independence in Journalism, the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs’ John M. Ashbrook Award, the ISI’s Regnery Award for Distinguished Institutional Service and four Freedoms Foundation George Washington medals. Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism hosts an annual M. Stanton Evans symposium named in his honor, as is the M. Stanton Evans Alumni Award (died 2015): “The idea that there is some sort of huge conflict between religious values and liberty is a misstatement of the whole problem. The two are inseparable. … [I]f there are no moral axioms, why should there be any freedom? The conservative believes that ours is a God-centered, and therefore an ordered, universe; that man’s purpose is to shape his life to the patterns of order proceeding from the Divine center of life; and that, in seeking this objective, man is hampered by a fallible intellect and vagrant will. Properly construed, this view is not only compatible with a due regard for human freedom, but demands it.”

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