That the door fabricated for its use in accessing the back yard (set into the larger, for human use, sliding door in the dining room) is not entirely fit for canine use. I cannot think why, otherwise, it has taken to standing at its door and barking instead of simply going through and doing its barking outside (which it continues to do, most of the time). Perhaps as it reaches mature dog years it is become lazy or sensitive to the rain or otherwise selective. I am not much bothered because, in the house, all it requires to silence the animal is a hiss or a few clicks with the tongue on the roof of the mouth and, as I mentioned, it is not at all a habitual behavior. (Outside barking needs a stronger rod-- I have to use a voice of command and say 'stop it', and that sometimes a couple of times-- but of course I care about the outside barking only at night or if the silly animal is being terribly persistent for some reason. It should bark if it wants to except when it inconveniences me or is likely to unduly irritate the neighbors.)
Today is the feast of Saint Francis de Sales (CE, Introibo, Wiki) who was renowned for his pastoral zeal amongst both the Catholics and heretics of Savoy and Geneva and all that country. I haven't read much of his spiritual writing but it is reputed to be gracious and wise and not rigorous. He founded the Order of the Visitation (along with Saint Jeanne Françoise de Chantal) for the education of girls, which was a novel ministry in those days.
Holy Mass is streamed from Saint-Eugène at 1000. Blessed-- I ought to have been acknowledging his holiness of life all these days-- Cardinal Schuster in his Liber sacramentorum:
The great saint who was the personification of gentleness, benignity, and love of God, died at Lyons on December 28; but, as that day was already dedicated to the feast of the Holy Innocents, to whom St Francis had great devotion, his festival was deferred until today, which is really the anniversary of the translation of his body to Annecy. The Mass is the Common of Doctors, but, as on the feast of St Hilary, the Collect is proper. It was composed by Alexander VII (1655-66), to whom the saint had foretold his vocation to the priesthood and his election to the Papal See. Two flourishing religious orders represent to-day in the Church the spiritual progeny of St Francis de Sales. These are the nuns of the Visitation, actually founded by himself, and the Salesian Congregation, which the Venerable Don Bosco owed to the heart and mind of the holy Bishop of Geneva.
Time for Prime and first breakfast.
If you want heretics to be convinced of their errors, you may send them to me; but if you want them to be converted, send them to the Bishop of Geneva.