Daily Update: Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Julian of Norwich and Our Lady of Fátima and 05-13 - Renaissance

On this date we have the Optional Memorial of Blessed Julian of Norwich, Anchoress (died c. 1423), the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatíma. Today is also the anniversary of the Renaissance of my marital relationship with Richard in 1997.

Almost nothing is known of the early life of Julian of Norwich, except that she was born about 1342; her real name is also unknown. In 1373, while on what she believed to be her deathbed, she received sixteen revelations while in an ecstatic trance. Not long after her recovery, she wrote a short book detailing her revelations, known to history as the Short Text; thirty years later, after meditating on the revelations, she wrote the Long Text of the Revelations of Divine Love. She meditated on, spoke on, and wrote on the power of love of evil, Christ’s Passion, and the nature of the Trinity. In her early 60s she shut herself in as an anchoress at the Church of St Julian in Norwich, and never left again; the peripatetic mystic Margery Kempe wrote that she had visited the anchoress in about 1414. Poet T. S. Eliot incorporated text from the Revelations of Divine Love into Little Gidding (1942), the fourth of his Four Quartets. She was never formally beatified, but is considered “blessed” due to popular devotion, and I count her as one of my favorite saints (recognized by Rome or not). Today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima, commemorating the date in 1917  (one hundred years ago) when Our Lady first appeared to ten year old Lúcia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who were tending sheep near their town of Fâtima, Portugal. Her message to the children was to pray, and to especially pray the Rosary for personal and world peace. Francisco Marto died in 1919 at the age of ten, and his younger sister Jacinta Marto died in 1920 at the age of nine; they were both honored as Blesseds by the Church in 2000, and canonized in 2017, with Jacinta being the youngest non-martyr child to be so recognized. Lúcia Santos entered the convent in 1925 and received further visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, including one in 1925 when she was asked to spread the First Saturday Devotion; she died in 2005 at the age of 97, and her cause for sainthood was opened in 2008, making her a Servant of God. Today is the anniversary of the day in 1997 when Richard and I experienced a Renaissance of our marital relationship. We have been trying over the past year to awaken things again, but I keep on falling into the same old ruts; I am hopeful that this year will be a very good year for our relationship.

Last evening before I went to bed I started reading The Mummy: A History of the Extraordinary Practices of Ancient Egypt by E. A. Wallis Budge. The Semifinal game at the SEC College Softball Tournament between our #21 LSU Lady Tigers and the #8 Auburn Lady Tigers at Knoxville, Tennessee was postponed to today, and our #11 LSU Tigers won their second College Baseball game against the #14 Auburn Tigers by the score of 5 to 3.

When I woke up this morning I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. In ADR at the casino I reconciled our bank statement with our check book and my Checkbook Pro app. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, when we went out onto the casino floor, Richard was on Pai Gow, and I was on the second Mississippi Stud table.

On our way home from work we stopped at Bengal to leave off the check for the yard work they did yesterday. When we got home, Michelle was at home; she gave me a magnificent arrangement of roses (and brought a box of boudin). I read the morning paper, then set up my medications for next week (I have two prescriptions to renew on Monday). I then went to the Adoration Chapel and did my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration; during my Hour I read the May 15th, 2017 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. When I got home, Richard was watching the baseball game, which our #11 LSU Tigers won against the #14 Auburn Tigers by the score of 9 to 1; our Tigers will next play the Northwestern State Demons at home on Tuesday. We then saw the end of the softball game on TV, which our LSU Lady Tigers won over the Auburn Lady Tigers by the score of 6 t0 0, then we watched The Avengers (2012) on TV. I then came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update, and Michelle said goodbye (she is driving to Houston and back tomorrow). Our LSU Lady Tigers will be playing against the Ole Miss Rebels later tonight in the Final game of the SEC College Softball Tournament.

Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate Sunday) (Alleluia!) and the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle (died 80). It is also Mother’s Day, and the birthday of Richard’s oldest brother Butch (1941) and of the kids’ friend Logan (1984). Tomorrow is the last day of the two-week pay period at the casino, and also a Heavy Business Volume Day. I will try to read half of what I have left in The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, or else I will not be going to my Book Club meeting on Tuesday evening.

On this Saturday Afternoon our Parting Quote comes to us from Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, television personality and columnist. Born as Joyce Bauer in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, her parents were Jewish attorneys. After high school she entered Cornell University, double majoring in home economics and psychology, and earned her Ph.D degree in psychology from Columbia University. During this time she married Milton Brothers, an internist, in 1949. The American Association of University Women AAUW awarded Brothers the American Fellowship in 1952, which enabled her to complete the doctoral degree. Brothers gained fame in late 1955 by winning The $64,000 Question game show, on which she appeared as an expert in the subject area of boxing. Originally, she had not planned to have boxing as her topic, but the sponsors suggested it, and she agreed. A voracious reader, she studied every reference book about boxing that she could find; she would later tell reporters that it was thanks to her good memory that she assimilated so much material and answered even the most difficult questions. After seven weeks on the show she became the second person, and only woman, to win the $64,000 top prize. Two years later, Brothers appeared on a successor program, The $64,000 Challenge, which matched the contestant against experts in the field. Again, Brothers walked off with the maximum prize. Her success on The $64,000 Question earned Brothers a chance to be the color commentator for CBS during the boxing match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson. She was said to have been the first woman boxing commentator. By August 1958 Brothers was given her own television show on a New York station, but her topic was not sports; she began doing an advice show about relationships, during which she answered questions from the audience. She claimed to have been the first television psychologist. In 1959, allegations that quiz shows were rigged, due to the Charles Van Doren controversy on the quiz show Twenty One, began to surface and stirred controversy. Despite these claims, Brothers insisted she had not cheated, nor ever been given any answers to questions in advance. During a 1959 hearing in the quiz show scandal, a producer exonerated her of involvement. Brothers presented syndicated advice shows on both television and radio, during a broadcasting career that lasted more than four decades. Her shows changed names numerous times, from The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show to Consult Dr. Brothers to Tell Me, Dr. Brothers to Ask Dr. Brothers to Living Easy with Dr. Joyce Brothers. In 1964 she interviewed and posed for publicity photographs with The Beatles on their first visit to the United States. Brothers also had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine for almost four decades, and a syndicated newspaper column that she began writing in the 1970s and which at its height was printed in more than 300 newspapers. By the early 1970s she was famous enough that she appeared in several television shows (both dramas and comedies) as herself in the person of a psychologist, and also appeared in The Lonely Guy (1984), Analyze That (2002), and Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002). She also published several books including the 1981 book What Every Woman Should Know About Men, and the 1991 book Widowed, inspired by the loss of her husband in 1989 (died 2013): “Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.”

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