Pat Shingleton: "A 40 Day Tradition"
Possibly you’re making a stop at your local pharmacy this weekend for a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen or beverages. Our canisters remain in place until Monday and over the last 40 days we have solicited your support for our “Fill a Prescription for the Needy” campaign. Since 1999 almost a million dollars was collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy. Our sponsor, The Baton Rouge Clinic, has greatly assisted in supporting our drive and contributing additional prescription medicine. “Fill a Prescription for the Needy” is the last resort for the elderly, poor and homeless who are unable to afford prescription medicine. Years ago, Dr. Redfield Bryan and Father Mike Moroney asked me to design the idea. My heartfelt and especially Michael Alcaldo and the folks at St.Vincent de Paul for their efforts. Most importantly thanks to all of you who dropped your contribution into our canisters. For your Easter services this morning, the official sunrise will be at 6:36 a.m. Weather journals will occasionally refer to the tugging, twisting, global wind patterns that include the westerlies, the trade winds and appropriately for today, the "easterlies." If your Easter egg hunts and other outdoor activities are after the 3:00 pm hour - some shower-dodging may be included on your Easter menu. In my younger years, we would experience a full-blown snowstorm on Easter Sunday in western Pennsylvania. On this special morning I found references to "weather" in the Scriptures. In Psalms 97:4 we find, "His lightning lights up the world; the Earth sees and trembles." The 147th Psalm says, "He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes."