Daily Update: Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The Most Holy Trinity and Barnabas

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle (died c. 61).

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Since the beginning of the third century the doctrine of the Trinity has been stated as “the one God exists in three Persons and one substance, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” The doctrine developed from the biblical language used in New Testament passages such as the baptismal formula in Matthew 28:19 and took substantially its present form by the end of the 4th century as a result of controversies in which some theologians, when speaking of God, used terms such as “person”, “nature”, “essence”, “substance”, terms that had never been used by the Apostolic Fathers, in a way that the Church authorities considered to be erroneous. St. Patrick used the shamrock (one plant, three lobes) to help explain the Trinity; Athanasius of Alexandria, held that the Father is a spring, the Son is the water, and the Spirit is the drink of water we take from the spring. I have always loved the image of fog over an ice-covered lake; fog, ice, and lake water are three different things, but they are all water. When I was working as an accountant at Blue Cross of Louisiana in Baton Rouge during the 1980′s, a co-worker asked me if Catholics believed in the Trinity. I answered her by crossing myself, explaining that every time we do so, we are honoring the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our Gospel for this day is John 3:16-18: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” Today’s Saint was born in Cyprus with the name of Joseph, a Levite Jewish convert; coming to the faith soon after Pentecost, he took the name Barnabas, “son of consolation” or “son of encouragement”. He was the companion of Saint Paul, who introduced him to the other Apostles. Named an apostle in Acts 14:14, he and Paul undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the demands of stricter church leaders. They gained many converts in Antioch (c 43-44), traveled together making more converts (c 45-47), and participated in the Council of Jerusalem (c 50). Barnabas and Paul successfully evangelized among the “God-fearing” gentiles who attended synagogues in various Hellenized cities of Anatolia. Barnabas’ story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles. Tertullian named him as the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, but this and other attributions are conjecture. Clement of Alexandria ascribed an early Christian epistle to Barnabas (The Epistle of Barnabas), but that is highly improbable. Martyred at Salamis, Cyprus, he is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church. He is the Patron Saint of Cyprus and of Antioch; his aid is invoked as a peacemaker, and his aid is invoked against hailstorms.

Last night at the NCAA College Baseball Tournament Super Regional in Baton Rouge our #3 LSU Tigers beat the #18 Mississippi State Bulldogs by the score of 4 to 3.

Upon waking up to get ready for work I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Third Day of my Corpus Christi Novena. Today was the last day of the current pay period at the casino, and, with the Pow-Wow ending late last night, the Main Bar was busy with inebriated tribal members from visiting tribes until 7:00 am. Once we clocked in, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow; he also once broke a Blackjack table in one of our Overflow pits, and also gave a break to a dealer so that she could go to the office. I started out on Three Card Blackjack, closed that table, helped change blackjack cards, took a dealer out who was on a regular Blackjack table, and then switched tables with the dealer who did not want to be on the Sit-Down Blackjack table.

On our way home Richard stopped at the Super 1 Foods and got me a tomato; once home from work I made my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday and ate today’s salad while reading the morning paper while Richard mowed the grass. I then got on the computer and worked on music, on Advance Daily Update Drafts, and on music again. Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb, and I got busy with today’s Daily Update. Once I finish this Update I will go to bed. At the NCAA College Baseball Tournament Super Regional in Baton Rouge our #3 LSU Tigers (47-17) will play the #18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (40-26) again; if our Tigers win this game, they will go to Omaha and the College World Series, and if the Bulldogs win it will force a game on Monday night.

Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor; instead, we will note that tomorrow is Loving Day, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia declaring all U.S. state laws which prohibited interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. Tomorrow is the first day of the pay period, and we will work our eight hours at the casino. In the afternoon I will finish my work on Advance Daily Update Drafts.

Our Sunday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Ann Rutherford, Canadian-American actress. Born as Therese Ann Rutherford in 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia, her mother was a silent film actress. When Rutherford was still a baby the family moved to San Francisco; her parents separated and she and her sister moved to Los Angeles with their mother. While roller skating home from middle school in Hollywood, Rutherford would stop at some of the radio studios to listen to voice actors perform. After being criticized one day by her English teacher, Rutherford decided to show her teacher up by falsifying an acting history and applying for work at radio station KFAC. A month later, Rutherford had a part in a radio serial drama. In 1935, at the age of 18, Rutherford began her Hollywood film career in the starring role of Joan O’Brien in the dramatic film Waterfront Lady for Mascot Pictures, later to be Republic Pictures. Rutherford soon established herself as a popular leading lady of Western films at Republic, costarring with actors Gene Autry and John Wayne. In 1937 she left Republic and signed a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. At MGM, Rutherford appeared as the Spirit of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (1938) and as Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1940), among other roles. In 1938 MGM loaned Rutherford to Selznick International Pictures to appear as Carreen O’Hara, the sister of Scarlet O’Hara, in the film Gone with the Wind (1939). MGM boss Louis Mayer originally refused the loan because he considered the role too minor, but Rutherford passionately appealed to him to change his mind. In December 1939, while promoting the new movie, Rutherford visited six Confederate Army veterans at the Confederate Soldiers Home near Atlanta, Georgia. One of the veterans gave Rutherford a rose corsage tied with Confederate colors. From 1937 until 1942, Rutherford portrayed Polly Benedict in the MGM Andy Hardy youth comedy film series with actor Mickey Rooney. Her first film in this series was You’re Only Young Once (1937) and the last was Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942). Rutherford’s performances as Andy Hardy’s sweet and patient girlfriend established her screen popularity. Rutherford also played Carol Lambert, comedian Red Skelton’s screen girlfriend, for MGM in a series of mystery comedies: Whistling in the Dark (1941), Whistling in Dixie (1942), and Whistling in Brooklyn (1943). Rutherford was the heroine of a novel, Ann Rutherford and the Key to Nightmare Hall (1942 by Katherine Heisenfelt), where “the heroine has the same name and appearance as the famous actress but has no connection … it is as though the famous actress has stepped into an alternate reality in which she is an ordinary person.” The story was probably written for a young teenage audience and is reminiscent of the adventures of Nancy Drew. It is part of a series known as “Whitman Authorized Editions”, 16 books published between 1941 and 1947 that featured a film actress as heroine. On December 31st, 1942, Rutherford married David May II, the grandson of the founder of the May Company department stores; the couple had a girl in 1943. In the early 1940s Rutherford left MGM to work without contract with different studios. During this period she starred in films such as Orchestra Wives (1942) with 20th Century Fox, Two O’Clock Courage (1945) with RKO Radio Pictures, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), also with RKO. In 1950 Rutherford retired from films. Despite Mickey Rooney’s pleas, she turned down returning as Polly Benedict in Andy Hardy Comes Home, stating that she didn’t believe most people married their first sweethearts and that Andy Hardy now being a judge was implausible. She and David May were divorced in a court in Juarez, Mexico, on June 6th, 1953. On October 7th, 1953, in New York City, Rutherford married actor and producer William Dozier, the creator of the Batman (1966–68) TV series. She appeared in the Perry Mason 1959 episode, “The Case of the Howling Dog,” when she played defendant Evelyn Forbes. In 1972 Rutherford returned to MGM to make the film They Only Kill Their Masters. Ironically (given the film’s grisly name), the film was shot on the old Andy Hardy set. Her two final television appearances were in 1973 and 1974 on The Bob Newhart Show, playing Aggie Harrison, the mother of Suzanne Pleshette’s character Emily Hartley. Her second husband, William Dozier, died in 1991. Rutherford was offered the role of Rose Calvert in the film Titanic (1997), but turned it down. The role instead went to actress Gloria Stuart. On November 2nd, 2002, Rutherford celebrated her 85th birthday, surrounded by her fans and friends at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, California. Neither Evelyn Keyes (Suellen O’Hara) (1916–2008), then suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, nor Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton Wilkes) (1916 – ), two of her surviving Gone with the Wind co-stars, were able to attend. In October 2004 Rutherford made a guest appearance at the Margaret Mitchell Birthday celebration in Jonesboro, Georgia, to honor the film Gone With the Wind. Rutherford signed autographs and reminisced with fans about old times. In June 2007 she was the guest star at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta, Georgia. The occasion was “The Heart and History of Hollywood” event with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Robert Osborne serving as emcee (died 2012): “It’s titillating to do an occasional film, but really, I don’t need it. Oh, I suppose, if you were a Helen Hayes, it might mean something if you left the business. You’d be depriving the show world of something. I’m depriving that world of nothing.”

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