Daily Update: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Mary Magdalen

Today is the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene (died first century).

According to Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9, Jesus cleansed Mary, from the town of Magdala in Palestine, of “seven demons,” a concept usually associated in the New Testament with healing from illness, not with forgiveness of sin. She is the only person named by any of the canonical gospels as a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion, to his burial, and to the discovery of his tomb to be empty. In early Church writings she was referred to as “the Apostle to the Apostles”. In a sermon whose text was given in Patrologia Latina, Pope Gregory the Great (died 604) stated that he believed “that the woman Luke called a sinner and John called Mary was the Mary out of whom Mark declared that seven demons were cast”. While most Western writers shared this view, it was not seen as a Church teaching, but as an opinion, the pros and cons of which were discussed throughout the ages. With the liturgical changes made in 1969 there is no longer mention of Mary Magdalene as a sinner in Roman Catholic liturgical materials. (Her treatment in popular media, with few exceptions, still regards her as the quintessential Woman of Shame.) One charming tradition concerning Mary Magdalene says that many years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, she used her position to gain an invitation to a banquet given by Emperor Tiberius. When she met him, she held a plain egg in her hand and exclaimed “Christ is risen!” Caesar laughed, and said that Christ rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand turning red while she held it. Before he finished speaking, the egg in her hand turned a bright red, and she continued proclaiming the Gospel to the entire imperial house. She is the Patron Saint of hairdressers and pharmacists.

I neglected to back up my applications on my Galaxy Note 4 and to upload the backup to Google Drive last night before going to bed; I was so tired that I simply forgot.

When I woke up at 9:30 am, I started the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and did my Bathroom Devotional Reading. I then got a call from my Ob/Gyn’s office, rescheduling my appointment next Monday afternoon to Monday, August 17th, at 3:30 pm. I did my Internet Devotional Reading, then finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I then decided to make some adjustments to our Wifi, and found that doing so took much longer than I thought it would. For future reference, to change settings I had to first go to Control Panel/Devices, look at Properties for the Router, go to the website on the ISP link, and then sign in, using the name of our Wifi network and my usual long password. Once signed in, the site was not user-friendly; it took me forever to find the wireless security settings, as I did not realize that each major section had subsections; I did not realize this, because the names of the sub-sections were close to invisible against the background. But, I have tweaked our Wifi settings (we no longer have a Guest setting, and the regular setting is password-protected), and I found out how to reset the router. While doing all of this, I got another call from my Ob/Gyn’s office; this time, they were trying to call my daughter Michelle, and I gave them her phone number. I then watched Jeopardy!, and Richard got online and ordered us tickets to see the LSU – Arkansas football game on November 4th.

We left the house at 5:30 pm, and ate dinner at D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse; my Shrimp Platter was very good, especially as I had not eaten all day. We then went to the Hit-n-Run, where I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for tonight’s drawing. We got home at 6:30 pm, and I got on the computer to do today’s Daily Update; and when I finish with the computer I will start the Weekly Virus Scan and do some reading before turning in early.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious (died 1373). It is also the birthday of my friend Mike in Arkansas, who I met via the Internet, and who is married to Rosa, whom he and I both met on the Internet (1971). I will do my laundry tomorrow, purchase my salad supplies, and make my lunch salads. And I will also do some Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog.

Our Parting Quote this Wednesday evening comes to us from Dennis Farina, American actor. Born in 1944 (on February 29th) in Chicago, Illinois, his parents were Sicilian-American. After his high school graduation he spent three years in the military, then became a member of the Chicago Police Department’s burglary division from 1967 to 1985. He once claimed in an interview that as a Chicago cop he was such a bad shot he earned the nickname “The Great Wounder.” He began his work in show business working for director Michael Mann as a police consultant, which subsequently led to an interest in acting when Mann cast him in a small role in the 1981 film Thief when he was 37. Farina proceeded to moonlight as an actor in the Chicago theater scene before Mann chose him for his Crime Story series to play Lieutenant Mike Torello in 43 episodes from 1986 to 1988. Farina played the mobster Albert Lombard in Michael Mann’s other television show, Miami Vice, in three separate episodes, in 1984, 1985 and 1989. In 1986 he played Jack Crawford in Manhunter, and in 1988 he played Jimmy Serrano, the mob boss from Midnight Run. Farina was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and played an avid fan in a 1988 revival of the successful 1977 Organic Theater Company stage play The Bleacher Bums which was written by and starred fellow Chicago actors Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz. He won an American Comedy Award for his performance of Ray “Bones” Barboni, a criminal in Get Shorty (1995) and played Army Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson in Saving Private Ryan (1998). Between 2004 and 2006 he played Detective Joe Fontana in 46 episodes of Law & Order (he was the replacement for Detective Lennie Briscoe, played by Jerry Orbach); he also played the same character in a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Trial By Jury. He was the only actor playing a police officer in the Law & Order universe who had actually been a police officer in real life.. In October 2008 Farina became the new host of Unsolved Mysteries when it returned to television with a new five-season, 175-episode run on Spike TV. Farina replaced Robert Stack, who had hosted the series for its entire original 15-year run before his death in 2003. The series would include re-edited segments from previous incarnations on NBC, CBS, and Lifetime (all originally hosted by Stack) as well as several new original stories. Farina was arrested on May 11, 2008, for carrying a loaded .22 caliber pistol through Los Angeles International Airport security. He was taken to LAPD’s Pacific Division and booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, and bail was set at $25,000. He claimed he had simply forgotten the weapon was still in his briefcase and had never intended to take it on a plane. After police determined the weapon was unregistered, the charges were upgraded to a felony and bail was increased to $35,000. On July 17, 2008, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, Farina pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years’ probation. On July 17, 2009, the judge in his case dismissed the charge and expunged it from Farina’s otherwise clean record. He co-starred in the 2012 HBO horse-race gambling series Luck, with Dustin Hoffman, directed by Michael Mann. He also had a recurring guest role in 2013 in the television comedy series New Girl. His last films were Authors Anonymous (2014) and Lucky Stiff (2014) (died 2013): “Some people approach acting with all these things in their head, making it more complicated than it needs to be, way too cerebral. I don’t want to know that an actor lived in a cave for 12 days so that he could prepare for a part.”

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