The Story of the Miracle Priest

A drunk driver hit Katie Lentz, of Quincy, Mo, head-on in a collision in an August 4 accident on Route 19 near Center, Missouri. The 19-year-old woman was pinned in the front seat of her demolished car. She was in critical condition. Rescue crews were doing all they could to extract Katie from the front seat. With her condition worsening by the minute, Katie asked rescue crews to pray with her. Before first responders could reply, a man who appeared to be a Catholic priest appeared out of nowhere. There was a two-mile perimeter around the accident to prevent people from entering the scene. But, this man just suddenly appeared at the scene. "He began to pray and use the anointing oil," New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said. "There was a calmness that, to me, seemed to come over the entire scene."   The situation, which was dire and frantic, suddenly became calm and tranquil, according to the Fire Chief.  Also, the extraction tools which had been failing, suddenly started working when the man showed up.   Katie survived with broken legs and ribs.  But, the mysterious man disappeared before the emergency crew and Katie could thank him. 

Now, I know what many are thinking.  Some may say this was an angel sent to help this young lady as she cried out in prayer.  Others will say there is a logical explanation to this.  It may be this man will come forth and identity himself.  There is no concrete proof he was even a Catholic priest.  He just appeared to be a priest.  At this point, I don't know what to believe.  It's entirely possibly this "man" was an angel.  It's odd he was able to get around a two mile perimeter, cordoned off, without being noticed and stopped.  Emergency crews say he just appeared suddenly.  I do believe in God, Heaven and Angels.  Whether this was a case of an angel sent to help this young lady, I simply don't know.  I do know that something similar happened to me, although it was not nearly this dramatic.  I was simply pumping gas at a Shell station about five years ago.  I noticed a man come up behind me and I immediately stiffened, thinking he was going to mug me.  But, that wasn't the case at all.  He seemed genuinely destitute.  He asked if I could spare some money.  I was thinking, ok, anything to get rid of the guy.  I had two dollars in my wallet and gave it to him.  He seemed very pleased with just that two dollars.  He thanked me and I wished him good luck.  As I took the gas nozzle from my car, I looked to see where he was going.  He had completely disappeared.  There were no cars around me before and after I gave him that two dollars.  There was no way he could run off that quickly.

I remember my late mother telling me that God sends angels amongst us in ways we can not imagine.  People you meet, in everyday life, may be one, just as this priest could have been, just as this destitute man could have been.  I guess I'll never know if that old, disheveled man was an angel, just as Katie Lenz may never know if that Catholic priest was an angel.  But, in my heart of hearts, I do believe I came in contact with an angel.  We'll just have to wait and see if Katie's "angel" makes himself known....or not


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