Pat Shingleton; "Lightning Consequences"
Yesterday the National Weather Service confirmed a lightning fatality in St. Tammany Parish that occurred during the morning outbreak of storms. Around 300 A.D. a pagan father was so enraged with his daughter that he confined her to a tower and in her forced solitude she converted to Christianity. After discovering her conversion the father also learned that she had three windows installed in a bathhouse to honor the Holy Trinity. His first attempt to kill his daughter was unsuccessful as she escaped after an opening mysteriously appeared in the wall confining her. A shepard betrayed her and she was tortured however her wounds healed instantly. The shepard was reportedly turned to stone and his sheep to locusts. Finally, her father beheaded her and following the decapitation he was killed by lightning. His daughter was anointed Saint Barbara Dioscorus, the patron saint of lightning victims and her Feast Day is celebrated on December 4th. British military officer, Major R. Summerford while on the battlefield in Flanders in February 1918, was knocked off his horse by a stroke of lightning, paralyzing him from the waist down. In 1924, while fishing with two friends, lightning hit him again, paralyzing his entire right side. In 1934 a third lightning strike hit him, leaving him permanently paralyzed. Two years later he died and was buried. Just after his internment, another bolt of lightning struck the cemetery destroying the tombstone of Major Summerford.