Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Pontian, Pope and Martyr (died 235) and the Optional Memorial of his onetime opponent, Saint Hippolytus, Priest and Martyr (died 235 or 236), and the Perseid Meteor Shower continues.
Born in Rome, the son of one Calpurnius, Saint Pontian was elected Pope in 230, ending a schism that had begun in 217 (of which we will hear more anon) and reconciling the schismatics with the Church. In 235 he was exiled by Emperor Maximinus Thrax to Sardinia and sentenced to work in the mines; he abdicated the Papacy on September 28th, 235 so that a new Pope could be elected to lead the Church. According to the Liber Pontificalis he died due to the inhuman treatment he received in the Sardinian mines. According to tradition he died on the island of Tavolara; his remains were brought back to Rome by Pope Saint Fabian (died 250) and buried in the catacomb of Callistus. Turning to our second Saint, as a presbyter of the church at Rome under Pope Zephyrinus (died 217) Saint Hippolytus was distinguished for his learning and eloquence. It was at this time that Origen of Alexandria, then a young man, heard him preach. He accused Pope Zephyrinus (died 217) of modalism, the heresy which held that the names Father and Son are simply different names for the same subject, and accused his successor, Pope Callixtus I (died 222), of favoring the Christological heresies of the Monarchians, and, further, of subverting the discipline of the Church by his lax action in receiving back into the Church those guilty of gross offenses. At this time Hippolytus seems to have allowed himself to be elected as a rival Bishop of Rome, and continued to attack Pope Urban I (died 230) and Pope Saint Pontian (died 235). Under the persecution by Emperor Maximinus Thrax, Hippolytus was exiled with Pope Pontian in 235 to Sardinia, and it is very probable that before his death there he was reconciled to the other party at Rome, for under Pope Fabian (died 250) his body and that of Pontian were brought to Rome. Hippolytus’s voluminous writings, including the Contra Haeresim Noeti (Refutation of all Heresies), embraced the spheres of exegesis, homiletics, apologetics and polemic, chronography, and ecclesiastical law. The facts of his life as well as his writing were soon forgotten in the West, perhaps by reason of his schismatic activities and because he wrote in Greek. In later ages he became confused with a possibly mythical Bishop Hippolytus of Portus, with a mythical soldier converted by Saint Lawrence, and also with the Greek mythological figure Hippolytus, and he was represented as having been martyred by being dragged by horses (which is how the mythical Hippolytus met his end). He is the Patron Saint of horses and of prison workers and guards, and of the city of Bibbiena, Italy. Also, the Perseid Meteor Shower continues.
Last evening I put my LSU and Saints auto emblem decals and my LSU license plate holder on my new car, and put the trash bags in the car (the one in front is velcroed on the passenger side). Also, Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.
I did not wake up today until 10:45 am; I read the morning papers (the Smiley Anders Fearless Football Forecast for the 2015 LSU Tigers was in the Acadiana Advocate, and there was an item in our local paper that a report was made that an escaped prisoner from another parish might be the suspicious person outside a local business; it turned out that the suspicious person was an employee of another business in the same strip mall, taking a smoke break), and Richard and I left the house at 11:45 am, taking my new car so that Richard could drive it. I sent a text message to Nedra about my new car, as she is just about the only friend I have who is not on Facebook, and sent a text message asking Michelle when she could come over to see my new car (she said she would come by after work). We ate Chinese for lunch at the Creswell Lane Restaurant in Opelousas, and when we came back into town I got my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets at the Hit-n-Run (I won $3.00 on my previous batch of tickets). We then went to Wal-Mart; while Richard got my salad supplies and some other groceries, I got on the phone with OnStar to activate my account, but ran out of time to do so before Richard came back to the car with the groceries.
We arrived back home at 2:00 pm, and I purchased The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (my next Third Tuesday Book Club book) from Barnes and Noble on my Nook, and added the Smiley Anders Fearless Football Forecast for the 2015 LSU Tigers to my weblog. I then ironed my casino pants, apron, and shirts, and made my lunch salads for tomorrow and Sunday. While making my lunch salads Michelle came by to see my new car, and was quite impressed. She suggested that I get the WeatherTech® Floorboards for my new car. We then watched Jeopardy!, after which I came to the computer to do my Daily Update. And when I finish with the computer, I will take a bath and do some reading before going to sleep. Our New Orleans Saints will play their first pre-season game of the season tonight, an away game with the Baltimore Ravens; I will give the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.
Tomorrow is the Remembrance of Venerable Michael J. McGivney, Priest (died 1890), and the Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (died 1941). The Perseid Meteor Shower continues, and despite this being a good year in terms of moonlight, I have not seen one meteor yet (mainly because I have not been looking). We will return to the casino for another fun filled work week of being table games dealers, and on my breaks I will start reading The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott on my Nook for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday. The New Moon will arrive at 9:55 am. After we clock out at 11:00 am, Richard and I will head over to Compliance to start the paperwork to renew our casino badges. In the afternoon I will work on Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog.
Our Thursday afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Helen Gurley Brown, American author, publisher, and businesswoman. Born as Helen Gurley in 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas, her father was once appointed Commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, after her father won an election to the Arkansas state legislature. He died in an elevator accident on June 18, 1932, and the family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1937, where her sister contracted polio. After she finished high school the family moved again, to Warm Springs, Georgia, while Gurley attended one semester at Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas. She then moved back to California to attend Woodbury Business College (later Woodbury University) in Burbank, California. She graduated in 1941, and stayed in California when her mother and sister moved back to Arkansas in 1947. After working at the William Morris Agency, Music Corporation of America, and Jaffe talent agencies she went to work for Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency as a secretary. Her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department where she advanced rapidly to become one of the nation’s highest paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s. In 1959 she married movie producer David Brown, who would become the producer of Jaws, The Sting, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and other motion pictures. In 1962, when she was 40, her bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl was published. In 1965 she became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine. During the decade of the 1960s she was an outspoken advocate of women’s sexual freedom and sought to provide them with role-models and a guide in her magazine. She claimed that women could have it all, “love, sex, and money”, a view that even preceding feminists such as Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer did not support at all and was met with notable opposition by advocates of grass-roots devotion of women to family and marriage. Due to her advocacy, glamorous, fashion-focused women were sometimes called “Cosmo Girls”. Her work played a part in what is often called the sexual revolution. She received the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications in 1985, the Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America in 1995, and the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame Award in 1996. In 1997 Brown was ousted from her role as the United States editor of Cosmopolitan; when she left, Cosmopolitan ranked sixth at the newsstand, and for the 16th straight year, ranked first in bookstores on college campuses. However, she stayed on at Hearst publishing and remained the international editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmopolitan. In 1998 she was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age magazine. Brown’s last book, I’m Wild Again: Snippets from My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts, was published in 2000. In September, 2008, she was named the 13th most powerful American over the age of 80 by Slate magazine. Her husband died in 2010 after 50 years of marriage; she then established the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation in 2012. This institution will be housed at both the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford’s Engineering School, and the $30 million donation by Brown will be used to develop journalism in the context of new technologies (died 2012): “Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”