Thursday, August 8, 2013

'Angel' Priest in Missouri

There is a story that has hit the news concerning an incident in Missouri. A 19-year old woman was in a car crash, and had been pinned between the wheel and her seat. After forty-five minutes, rescue crews couldn't free her. Then, a priest in his clericals carrying anointing oil walked up to the scene in response to her request for someone to pray before the rescue workers tried to move the vehicle. Evidently, she was in grave danger as a sudden change of pressure can be deadly.

From USA Today:
Everything happened quickly after that. Twenty emergency workers pulled together and sat the car upright, Churchill Lentz said. Katie Lentz's vital signs improved and a rescue team from a neighboring community suddenly appeared with fresh equipment and tools. Lentz was removed and rushed to the hospital.
With Lentz gone, the rescue team prepared to clean up, Reed said.
"We all go back to thank this priest and he's gone," he said.
Initially, they assumed he had to get to his home church to lead Sunday services. But then they looked at their photos of the scene.
"I have 69 photographs that were taken from minutes after that accident happened — bystanders, the extrication, our final cleanup — and he's not in them," Reed said. "All we want to do is thank him."
That's incredible. Supertradmum has posted on encounters that she believes were angelic. Then, there's this Jesuit, Father James Martin (editor of America) in an article from the Huffington Post:
"Most likely the priest will be identified, and people will be able to thank him. If he's not found, that may mean he wants to remain anonymous. Could it have been an angel? There are similar 'angelic' stories in the lives of the saints, when a figure inexplicably appears and cannot be located afterwards. There are angels, of course, but we tend to ascribe to angels anonymous acts that we find incredibly loving -- when in fact human beings do incredibly loving things in hidden ways every day."
  Father, we don't just ascribe every nice encounter with a stranger as being one with an angel. A bit unfair, no? Priests don't just disappear like that. Not even Papa Francis would.

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