Daily Update: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Wednesday of Holy Week and 04-12 - International Day of Human Space Flight

Today is Wednesday of Holy Week, with no Saints for us to honor today. Today is also the International Day of Human Space Flight.

In the Gospel readings for Wednesday of Holy Week (Matthew 26:14-25), “Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over . . .When it was evening, [Jesus] reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me”. . .Then Judas, his betrayer, said . . “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” [Jesus] answered, “You have said so.” This day, because of the Gospels readings, has historically been known as Spy Wednesday. Today is also the International Day of Human Space Flight. This Day was proclaimed at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on April 7th, 2011; it was on April 12th, 1961, that cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (died 1968) became the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth.

Last night our #11 LSU Lady Tigers did not play an Away College Softball game with the McNeese State Lady Cowboys due to inclement weather; our #11 LSU Lady Tigers (32-9, 8-4) will next play an Away College Softball game with the #25 Ole Miss Lady Rebels (26-13, 3-9)on Friday, April 14th. Our #8 LSU Tigers won their College Baseball game with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns by the score of 3 to 2. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Los Angeles Lakers by the score of 96 to 108.

I woke up at 8:15 am and posted to Facebook that today was the  International Day of Human Space Flight. I then started the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I did my Book Devotional Reading, then read the morning paper while eating my breakfast toast. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading, finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and started the Weekly Virus Scan.

Leaving the house at 11:00 am, I headed down to Lafayette. At Crossroads Catholic Bookstore I purchased a book and the May 2017 issue of Magnificat Magazine; for the period between Easter Sunday and the first of May, I will read my Magnificat devotionals online, instead of via print media. I then went to Acadiana Mall, and at J. C. Penney’s I found a wallet that will work well for me. After leaving the mall, I called Richard and told him that I was on Ambassador Caffrey and was heading home; he said that Callie had not called. I fought through some bad traffic, and got a late lunch via the drive-through at the McDonald’s in Rayne.

When I got home, Richard told me that Callie had called twenty minutes after I had called, and that he told her we would go visit her at Ken and Lisa’s as soon as I got home. This very much annoyed me, as I felt that Richard could have called me while I was on my way home to let me know what was going on, instead of blindsiding me as soon as I got home at 2:30 pm. The Weekly Virus Scan had finished on the computer, and we went over to Ken and Lisa’s to visit with Callie (and, later, Lisa) and the baby. Callie and the baby will be flying out of Baton Rouge, and arriving in South Carolina at 5:00 pm; Michelle will be flying out of Houston, and arriving in South Carolina at 12:00 pm.

We got home from Ken and Lisa’s just in time for Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm. We then watched MST3K Episode 705 Escape 2000 (Fuga dal Bronx) Richard then asked me if I was hungry; I said yes, and on getting no response, I finished my laundry. Richard then came to get me to go out to eat, and we had dinner at D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse. We arrived home at 8:15 pm, and I got busy with today’s Daily Update; when I finish this Daily Update I will get ready to go to bed. My lower back has been bothering me a lot today, and I hope that it will not keep me from sleeping. Our New Orleans Pelicans (33-48, 6-10) will be playing an Away NBA game with the Portland TrailBlazers (41-40, 11-5) for their final game of the season.

Tomorrow is Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday. Tomorrow is also the Optional Memorial of Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (died 655). In the secular world, tomorrow is Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday (1743) and the Anniversary of my Weblog (2009). I will be doing my ironing of my Casino pants, apron, and shirts, and going to the store to get my salad supplies and making my lunch salads for Saturday and Sunday. I will not be going to the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral in Lafayette tomorrow, but I will be going to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 6:30 pm; I will be doing my Daily Update before I go to Mass, so that I can go to bed immediately upon returning home from Mass. Our #8 LSU Tigers (23-11, 7-5) will be playing a Home College Baseball game with the Ole Miss Rebels (21-12, 6-6).

Our Parting Quote on this evening of Wednesday of Holy Week comes to us from Brennan Manning, American priest and author. Born as Richard Francis Xavier Manning in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, after attending St. John’s University for two years he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving overseas as a sports writer for the U.S. Marine Corps newspaper. Upon his return Brennan began a program in journalism at the University of Missouri. He departed after a semester, restlessly searching for something “more” in life. “Maybe the something ‘more’ is God,” an adviser suggested, triggering Brennan’s enrollment at Saint Francis Catholic seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania. In February 1956, while Brennan was meditating on the Stations of the Cross, a powerful experience of the personal love of Jesus Christ sealed the call of God on his life. While in the seminary, he was sent to Columbia University as a graduate student in creative writing. Four years later, he graduated from Saint Francis College with a major in philosophy and minor in Latin. He went on to complete four years of advanced studies in theology, meanwhile being ordained to the Franciscan priesthood in May of 1963. Brennan’s ministry responsibilities varied greatly. He served as a theology instructor and campus minister at the University of Steubenville. He worked as the liturgy instructor and spiritual director at Saint Francis Seminary. He lived and worked among the poor in Europe and the United States. During a two-year leave of absence from the Franciscans in the late sixties, Brennan journeyed to Spain and joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, an order committed to an uncloistered, meditative life among the poor. Among his many and varied assignments, he became a solitary reflective, secluded in a remote cave for six months in the Zaragoza desert. The early seventies found Brennan back in the United States as he and four other priests established an experimental community in the bustling seaport city of Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Seeking to model the primitive life of the Franciscans, the fathers settled in a house on Mississippi Bay and quietly went to work on shrimp boats, ministering to the shrimpers and their families who had drifted out of reach from the church. The fathers restored a chapel that had been destroyed by Hurricane Camille and offered a Friday night liturgy and social event there, which soon became a popular gathering and precipitated many families’ return to engagement in the local church. Brennan then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and resumed campus ministry at Broward Community College. This was harshly interrupted, however, when he suffered a precipitate collapse into alcoholism. Six months of treatment restored his health and placed him on the road to recovery. It was at this point in his life that Brennan began writing in earnest. His first book was Gentle Revolutionaries (1970). One book soon followed another as invitations for him to speak and to lead spiritual retreats multiplied exponentially. His most famous book was The Ragamuffin Gospel (published in 1990, and re-issued in 2000 and 2005), a book about the essence of Christianity. Manning argued that Jesus’ gospel was one of grace, and that efforts to earn salvation are impossibly misguided. In his book he stated that the true meaning of God’s grace has been lost in society amidst a constant search to merely please God, as though the Almighty is only a “small minded book keeper,” who tallies sins and uses them against humanity. Citing numerous biblical references and utilizing colleagues’ stories, Manning illustrated the simple need for humanity to accept the freedom of God’s grace, and its power to change lives. He spent the remainder of his life traveling widely as he continued to write and preach, encouraging men and women everywhere to accept and embrace the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ. His last two books were Patched Together: A Story of My Story (2010) and All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir (2011) (died 2013): “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.”

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