Daily Update: Friday, March 17th, 2017

Day of Abstinence and Patrick

Today is a Friday in Lent, so today is a Day of Abstinence from Meat. Today is also is the Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop (died 493). Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues.

Each Friday in Lent is a day when the faithful (of which I am one, I hope) abstain from the eating of meat.  (Our Bishop issued a dispensation from Abstinence for today, presumably because of all of the St. Joseph’s Altars, but I refrained from eating meat anyway.) Turning to our Saint, he was born in 387 in Scotland as Maewyn Succat. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped from the British mainland and shipped to Ireland as a slave; he was sent to the mountains as a shepherd, and spent his time in the field in prayer. After six years of this life, he had a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he escaped. A few years later, he had a vision that the pagans in Ireland were calling for his help, and he resolved to return to them to Christianize them. Towards this end, he studied in several monasteries in Europe and became a priest. Pope Celestine sent him to evangelize England and Ireland, and to assist the Bishop in Ireland; upon the death of that bishop, Patrick was ordained in his place. In 33 years he effectively converted all of Ireland; he famously illustrated the concept of the Trinity with the three leaves of the shamrock. Two Latin letters survive which are generally accepted to have been written by Patrick; these are the Declaration (Latin: Confessio) and the Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus (Latin: Epistola). The Declaration is the more important of the two documents; in it Patrick gives a short account of his life and his mission. In the Middle Ages Ireland became known as the Land of Saints, and during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of learning in Europe, all consequences of Patrick’s ministry. He is the Patron Saint of Ireland, of Boston, Massachusetts, of Puerto Rico, of the Archdiocese of New York, and of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and his aid is invoked against snakes, due to the tradition that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. (The modern celebration of the day with parades and green beer was initially an American phenomenon; the first parade in Boston was in 1737, and the first parade in Dublin was in 1931.) Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues.

Last night our #12 LSU Lady Tigers won their College Softball game with the Wichita State Lady Shockers by the score of 4 to 3.

I did my Book Devotional Reading when I got up to get ready for work today, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Second Day of my Annunciation Novena. When we clocked in, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, and for a while was also relieving a Blackjack table. I was on the $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack table all day; they did sent me to take out the dealer on Mini Baccarat, as he was on the Early Out list, but he decided he did not want to go home early. On my breaks I started reading Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan via Kindle on my tablet. Late in the day we got bonus checks from the casino, and I cashed mine at the casino before clocking out.

On our way home we stopped at Wal-Mart so that Richard could buy some Claritin©, and at the bank, where he cashed his bonus check. Once home from work I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper. And I have decided to do my Daily Update early, and to go to bed for the duration. Our #12 LSU Lady Tigers won their College Softball game with the Omaha Lady Mavericks by the score of 7 to 0; our Lady Tigers (21-6, 1-2) will play another Away College Softball game with the Kansas Lady Jayhawks. Our #6 LSU Tigers (13-5, 0-0) will begin their SEC Schedule with a Home College Baseball game with the Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 0-0), and our New Orleans Pelicans (27-41, 3-9) will play a Home NBA game with the Houston Rockets (47-21, 9-5).

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor (died 386). Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th will end tomorrow. We will work our eight hours, and I will continue reading Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan via Kindle on my tablet. In the early afternoon I will be doing my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration at the Adoration Chapel. Our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers will be playing an Away College Softball game with the Tulsa Lady Golden Hurricane, and then playing a second Away College Softball game with the Southeastern Missouri Lady Redhawks. Our #6 ranked LSU Tigers will play another Home College Baseball game with the Georgia Bulldogs, and our LSU Lady Tigers will be playing a College Basketball game with the California Lady Golden Bears in Waco, Texas, at the NCAA Tournament.

Our Friday Afternoon Parting Quote on this St. Patrick’s Day comes to us from Raymond D. Fowler, American psychologist. Born in 1930 in Jasper, Alabama, a small coal mining town in the mountainous north central region of the state, his mother was a public school teacher, and his father was an accountant and later director of the Alabama State Retirement System. Fowler received a BA degree in 1952 and an MA degree in 1953 in psychology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He received his PhD in psychology with specialization in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1957. In 1956 Fowler joined the faculty of the University of Alabama, where he remained until 1986, when he was appointed professor emeritus. In the early 1960s he developed a method of computer interpretation for the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. From 1965 to 1968 he was vice-president of the Council on Human Relations, the first biracial human rights group in Alabama. From 1965 to 1983, he served as department head at the University of Alabama. He was appointed in 1976 by Federal District Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. to direct a court – ordered prison reform program that included assessing every prisoner in the Alabama prison system and recommending educational and rehabilitation programs for them. That same year, Fowler was retained by the estate of Howard R. Hughes, who had died without a will, to determine his mental status at various periods of his life. Fowler served as the American Psychological Association (APA) treasurer from 1982 through 1987, became its 97th president in 1988, and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 2003. In 1987, he was appointed professor and head of the psychology department at the University of Tennessee, where he served until June 1989, when he assumed his position as APA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. At the state and national level, Fowler had been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Alcoholism of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was a task force member of the President’s Commission on Mental Health and was an invited participant to the White House Conference on Health and the National Conference on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. He had been a consultant to the Director of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the Veterans Administration, and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In 1998 the Psychological Bulletin of the APA published Rind et al., a meta-analytic article indicating that suffering childhood sexual abuse does not automatically cause great and lasting harm, as was sometimes believed. The article caught the attention of the media, including Laura Schlessinger on the Dr. Laura Program, and was misrepresented as condoning sexual contact with children. Historian Alice Dreger faulted Fowler for caving into political pressure and calling for an external review of the article instead of defending the scientific and peer review process. The external review was submitted to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which responded by defending those processes. From 1998 to 2006, Fowler was treasurer of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a member of its executive committee. In 2000 the American Board of Professional Psychology gave Fowler its award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the Profession of Psychology. In 2003 the APA established two Raymond D. Fowler Awards in his honor. These awards are given annually to a member and to a staff member who has made “a significant and enduring impact on APA as an organization and who has shown a clear dedication to advancing APA’s mission”. In 2006 Fowler published Computers, Criminals, an Eccentric Billionaire and APA: A brief Autobiography. (died 2015): “Psychology, perhaps more than any other discipline, belongs to the people.”

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