Monthly Archives: May 2017

Daily Update: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Shavuot 2 and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Since sundown yesterday it has been the Jewish Pilgrimage feast of Shavuot, which continues through tomorrow.And today is the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Joan of Arc and 05-30 - Memorial Day (Traditional) and Shavuot

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Joan of Arc, Virgin and Martyr (died 1431). We also celebrate Memorial Day on its Traditional date. And at sunset today the Jewish feast of Shavuot begins. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, May 29th, 2017

Memorial Day

We have no Saints to honor today, but since today is the Last Monday in May, it is also the date when (since 1971) we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Ascension by Giotto and Hurricane Prepardness Sales Tax Holiday and Indianapolis 500 2017

Alleluia! Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Today is also the Second Day of the annual two-day Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness. And since today is the day before Memorial Day, today is the running of the Indianapolis 500. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Augustine of Canterbury and Hurricane Prepardness Sales Tax Holiday

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop (died 605). Today is also the First Day of the annual two-day Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, May 26th, 2017

Philip Neri

Today is the Memorial of  Saint Philip Neri, Priest (died 1595). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, March 25th, 2017

Ascension Thursday and Bede the Venerable, Gregory VII, Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, and 05-25 - Towel Day

Today is the traditional date of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, known as Ascension Thursday. However, where I live we will be celebrating the Feast of the Ascension this coming Sunday. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor (died 735), the Optional Memorial of Saint Gregory VII, Pope (died 1085), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin (died 1607). And among those who follow The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in whatever form (radio show, book, movie, what have you), today is Towel Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Minor Rogation Day and World Day of Prayer for China - Our Lady of Sheshan

Today is the third of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church. Today is the World Day of Prayer for China – Our Lady of Sheshan, Help of Christians. And today is the birthday of Chelsie, one of my daughter’s friends (1988). Continue reading

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The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Times by Jean-Charles Nault, Translated by Michael J. Miller

The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Times by Jean-Charles Nault

I finished reading this non-fiction Catholic book today, which explores Acedia, which, although it became subsumed in the deadly sin of Sloth, is not laziness. And I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to those weary of their lives. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Minor Rogation Day and 05-23 - New York Public Libary

Today is the second of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church. With no Saints to honor, we note that on this date in 1911 the New York Public Library was dedicated. Continue reading

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13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks (Ebook)

13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks

I finished reading this non-fiction book today via Kindle on my tablet; it is a very readable exploration of things that science both can and cannot prove or disprove, and I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Minor Rogation Day and Rita of Cascia

Today is the first of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church and the Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious (died 1457). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Rogation Sunday and Eugene de Mazenod and Cristóbal Magallanes Jara

Alleluia! Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter, known as Rogation Sunday. Today is also the Optional Memorial of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop (died 1861), the Optional Memorial of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, Priest and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1927), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Layman and Martyr (died 1943). It is also the birthday of my Internet friend Denise in North Carolina (1954) and of Kyran, one of the Assembled (1985). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Bernardine of Siena and Armed Forces Day and Preakness Stakes 2017

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest (died 1444). We note that today is Armed Forces Day and the day on which the Preakness Stakes is run. (Will this year give us another Triple Crown in horse racing?)  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, May 19th, 2017

05-19 - Execution of Queen Anne Boelyn

With no Saints to honor today, we note that on this date in 1536 the second wife of King Henry the Eighth, Anne Boleyn, was executed. (Being Henry’s Queen was a high-risk occupation; in 1542 he had his fifth wife, Catherine Howard (Anne’s first cousin), executed as well.) Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, May 18th, 2017

John I

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John I, Pope and Martyr (died 526). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

05-17 - Brown and Graduation

With no Saints to honor this Tuesday, we note that on this date in 1954 the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, and that on this date in 1976 (forty-one ago, back when a web site was where the spiders hung out) I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana (Go Spartans!). Today is also the birthday of my Aunt Diane in Connecticut and of one of my co-workers at the casino, Tracey, who works on the day shift at the casino (1969). Continue reading

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