Skip to comments.Mystery: Priest prays for girl, vanishes
Posted on 08/10/2013 3:50:16 AM PDT by BCW
The identity of a priest, who appeared at an accident scene, is a mystery.
Illinois rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get a 19-year-year old girl out of a car.
They were running out of options when a priest came out of nowhere, even though the road was blocked for miles, WEWS-TV reported.
"I went back and talked to the priest and told him we were worried she would think we'd given up hope. He said 'I just want to anoint her' and so we just let him come up to the scene," New London Fire Chief Richard Adair said.
"He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer. It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter that was beside me, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle."
Moments later, rescuers were able to free the girl. The fire department took 80 photos of the scene, but none included a picture of the priest.
The highway had been blocked during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. The local Diocese is also unable to identify who the priest was.
Miracles and Angels do exits.... twenty years ago my friends daughter had a near drowning in their backyard pool. Helicopter transport to hospital followed by coma/ventilator. About 2 or 3 days into the coma a “black priest” presented to the ICU and told the family and nurses that he was from the Cathedral and would like to annoint the child. He did so, said the prayers and left.
That afternoon, the child regained consciousness and went on to recover.
The family asked the nurses for the name of the priest because they wanted to thank him. The nurses said they did not know as they had never seen him before. The family then called the Cathedral and were informed “we don’t have a black priest - we never have!”
Yes, the angel of the Lord made a visit that day.
Hint: how to identify the ‘miracle priest’ from that accident scene in Missouri
By Phil Lawler
By now youve surely heard about the mystery priest who inexplicably appeared at the scene of an accident in Missouri, prayed with the victim and emergency workers, made things come out right, and then disappeared. (If somehow youve missed the story, here is just one among thousands of media accounts.) Who was that priest? No one recognized him; he wasnt from the area. He showed up unannounced, although police had blocked off access to the road. In dozens of photos of the accident, his face is never seen. Emergency workers, and the young woman whose life was saved, want to meet this priest, just to thank him. But he hasnt come forward.
There may be a very natural explanation for all this. But as the days pass and the mystery deepens, the people who say it was a miracle sound more and more convincing.
Who was that priest? I dont know. But I do have a suggestion on how he might be identified:
Start showing the witnesses photos of priests with a reputation for holiness.
Include photos of priests who are no longer alive.
Prepare for a shock.
I know it's been posted before, but I'm not tired of re-reading it yet..And I bet I've read this story about seven times or more here on FR posted by various posters, and from various media sources.
Also posted yesterday, is an update on this story including photos of the wreck and the injuries sustained.
And, in yet another article from USA Today, it is noted that:
Even odder, the black-garbed priest does not appear in any of the nearly 70 photos of the scene of the accident in which a 19-year-old girl almost died. No one knows the priest and he vanished without a word, said Raymond Reed, fire chief of New London, Mo.
This is truly a wonderful story ... thank you, BCW, for posting it .. yet again. It is timeless.
I thought I was the only one :)
So how come its always catholic in these miracles, sightings of a virgin Mary,exorcisms? Strange it only happens to a group that even its leadership states is filled with pedophiles and financially corrupt. Doesn’t make sense. Could it be all made up just to fill the pews?
There’s biblical precedent for this, e.g. Philip
Can it, God uses whatever means is available... and I am one of those rascally evangelicals so I have no particular axe to grind here
Comments are fun to watch...everybody trying to explain it. And if they cannot, then they attack it. It happened...period. No comment on cause or functionality is needed. I just smile and walk away...it happened, I don’t need to tell people “why.” “Why” is not important...that it happened is what is important.
offering..... to fill collection plates
I used the search function and the title didn’t pop up - and yes - I missed it yesterday - but it’s a good read in the early morning w/ a cup of coffee...nice to see things this small get the attention that it did — means that God has not abandoned us - not even in the smallest of circumstances...
WOW! - great story...I think the angels of God are working over time with the state of Our Union...God bless his angels!
The Church was founded by Peter - he was the rock - and went forth as instructed by Christ — why wouldn’t the dark one not attempt to bring in his minions - corrupt The Rock - bring shame and vile into the very Earthly Symbol that connects man to his Savior?
Ask yourself if there’s not one institution that was founded for good - that eventually ended up being infiltrated by evil!
All of this has been and is currently being discussed in Rome - the New Pope was elected for a reason - and these reasons encompass exactly what you are charging The Church for - not the individuals that committed the act and the ones that allowed such acts to continue - a due cleaning is at hand...
The fallen angles still maintain their powers - their knowledge - and their corruption... see this book for a start: http://www.amazon.com/An-Exorcist-Tells-His-Story/dp/0898707102
This is profoundly more than catholic...it is Christian.....
“The Church was founded by Peter”
No, it was founded by Christ ON Peter the Rock. Peter did not establish the Church. If he did, it would be like any Protestant sect today.
Yeah! And what could possibly be gained from that!
No, I don't think this story is a marketing tactic, but I am amazed at how just the thought of using an uplifting story to instill hope and direction is so disgusting to some people.
Let's see more stories about child molesters! Right?
Wouldn't it be a wonderful world, if this story would get the legs that the Trayvon Martin story has gotten?
In my mind, this single incident is worth repeating over and over until its message of love and compassion etched in my Christ-adoring soul.
Why are you sure this is Christian? I have no idea what happened here so I won’t even speculate, but in all things we must be discerning. Our fallen minds fool us. The Bible warns us repeatedly not to trust our own understanding. We simply cannot trust what we think we see. We must judge all things, ideas, doctrines according to the Word, the only sure truth. The Bible tells us Satan disguises himself and masquerades as an angel of light. Abject evil won’t fool many people but untold billions will follow an angel of light to their eternal doom.
13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)
I believe God will send this kind of help when we need him.
But just to say it, I've pulled people out of car wrecks on a couple of occasions. One time was a woman who had flipped her car near me when I was jogging (opposite side of the road.)
She was pinned upside down with the seatbelt still fastened and in shock. I broke the window and pulled her out. Scattered all over the roof (on the ground now) were a bunch of beers that had opened from the impact and were now spurting beer all over the car. She was covered with beer.
Anyway, I got her out of the car and we both smelled like a bar at 1AM in the morning. I sat her down and other people started to gather around. I honestly don't know if she had been drinking but with others to see to her well being I figured I'd played out my obligation to my sisters and brothers and kept jogging.
I didn't want any part of the incident beyond seeing her safely out of the vehicle.
“So how come its always catholic in these miracles, sightings of a virgin Mary,exorcisms?”
Well, first of all, that just isn’t true. The Coptic Christians of Egypt, for instance - who are not Catholics - have visions of Mary just about every year. Literally, every year at the same time of year. And plenty of other Churches and even sects experience miracles. The Holy Spirit works wherever and on whomever He chooses.
“Strange it only happens to a group that even its leadership states is filled with pedophiles and financially corrupt. Doesnt make sense.”
Actually it makes perfect sense. Christ’s Church is always holy because He founded it and His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit guide and protect it. The fact that it is chock full of serious sinners only means Christ Church is based on Him and not man for otherwise it would have collapsed many centuries ago.
“Could it be all made up just to fill the pews?”
Nope. 1) That doesn’t really work. 2) When you have a Jewish doctor (in this case here: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/miracle-benedicta-mccarthy-survived-tylenol-overdose-prayer-sister/story?id=10251732) you have to ask yourself how it could be the Catholic Church making things up to fill pews?
Ever see the before and after x-rays of Vittorio Michelli? His hip was eaten away by cancer. After traveling to Lourdes, his hip grew back. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lourdes_Medical_Bureau#Vittorio_Micheli
But here is one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp9TgyjlnS0 It’s only 97 seconds long.
This person wasn’t masquerading as an angel of light.
Believe as you will.
Maybe because rank and file Catholics have remained true to their faith and Catholic theology despite the scandals.
We Christians do. We call it "Faith".
I have faith in Christ, not in the experiences and claims of others. This is an interesting tale, but that’s all it is. Salvation is in Him alone, not in roadside sightings and resurrections.
The church was founded by Christ. The Catholic religion is just a spinoff from that, that occurred about 300 years later.
I found this from an eyewitness.
Wanda Burr-White, who was at the crash site, remembers the priest well.
“He was dark complected,” she said. “He had an accent, but I’m not sure what nationality. He was probably 5 feet 6 inches maybe. He was not heavy set, but he probably weighed close to 200 pounds. He had dark hair.”
Burr-White and her husband held Katie’s head while rescue workers were trying to extricate her from the car.
Burr-White’s husband added that the priest was wearing black-rimmed glasses and resembled actor Walter Matthau.
KHQA received a composite sketch from Randall Sands with IQ Biometrix that represents what witnesses saw and later described.
Ralls County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Adair was the first responder on the scene of the accident.
He said the above composite does not resemble the priest he saw.
Adair described the priest as being between 60 to 65 years of age, 5’6”, olive skin and had a thick accent.
Adair said the priest was dressed in a traditional black shirt and pants, white collar with a silver, older looking cross around his neck.
Find out what else Adair had to say about what he saw by
Here’s the clue “resembled actor Walter Matthau.”
“The church was founded by Christ.”
Correct. On Peter.
“The Catholic religion is just a spinoff from that, that occurred about 300 years later.”
No. There are ignorant people who believe that, of course, but they have little knowledge of scripture or history and almost no common sense.
It has nothing to do with what I believe. The person who showed up at the accident scene was not masquerading as an angel of light. That is simply indisputable.
That’s my take it on. Why try to explain it? It happened...for all of those who say He doesn’t show his face anymore in the world, well, here you go!
How so you think an angel of light would appear? How would you know? 2 Corinthians 11 deals with deadly deception in the religious realm. There is no area of life where discernment is more important than in the arena of religion because most religion is false religion.
Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness (vv. 1415a).
- 2 Corinthians 11:1415
“How so you think an angel of light would appear?”
What matters is that you said he could be masquerading as an angel of light. Whoever this was he was not masquerading as any kind of angel. He appeared as a priest and acted as one. In other words, you were wrong. Deal with it.
“How would you know?”
The facts are clear. What you wrote is also clear. What you wrote does not agree with the facts. That’s how I know.
“2 Corinthians 11 deals with deadly deception in the religious realm. There is no area of life where discernment is more important than in the arena of religion because most religion is false religion.”
I agree. And to be discerning you have to be able to think. If someone is not appearing as an angel, then he can’t be masquerading as an angel. What part of that do you not understand?
I was getting ready to dig in loaded for bear here.
Our God is not a God that stands on ceremony. Neither is Jesus an Orthodox, Roman Catholic, or Protestant Jesus. Jesus is just Jesus. Some day on this mortal coil He will also be a Jewish Jesus. It’s we humans who have gotten into silly camps, sometimes glorifying ourselves and sometimes casting the “cynic’s ban” and yet a very patient God keeps working around all this stuff. The secret of God is that God is trying to bless us in any way we permit.
Ok - well - yes - Christ set the foundation and Peter was the Rock - I think we all know what I was conveying...not trying to re-write history like Barry Obama...
If people were a little less uptight, they’d see how God is blessing through the thick of all this stuff.
The evangelical “sects” (denominations) have a connection to the early church through its witness, the bible. God has no problem transcending time and space that way. I guess one could say Peter is their pope too if they had to have a pope... but as a crazy evangelical I say no it is a popeless segment of Christianity, but not hopeless because Christ is their hope.
Friend, I’m not disputing his physical appearance and never did. I accept that people saw a priest, or what they thought was a priest, and that he acted as a priest. That’s not at all the issue or my point.
I can’t even imagine what you think that passage means? Surely you don’t think Paul was saying Satan disguises himself as an angel of light with wings and a halo?
I say give it a bit of patience and see what comes from it. Satan will always do things that detract from God’s glory and it will be unavoidably obvious before long even if the initial appearance was misleading.
I don’t know if Protestant ministers are known to show up in this manner. In the Protestant community it’s usually Jesus that shows up directly in apparitions of this kind. It could just be God using whatever form His audience is expecting, so as not to totally weird them out. The results of the appearance are what should be examined. If God gets glorified... it wasn’t the devil.
“Friend, Im not disputing his physical appearance and never did. I accept that people saw a priest, or what they thought was a priest, and that he acted as a priest. Thats not at all the issue or my point.”
But it has to be the issue when you imply it possibly was something very different.
“I cant even imagine what you think that passage means?”
Your imagination is not my concern. You implied something that logically makes no sense.
“Surely you dont think Paul was saying Satan disguises himself as an angel of light with wings and a halo?”
No. But what you are implying is far more fanciful.
Forget it. You don’t understand my point whatsoever. I never disputed he appeared as a priest.
Amen,I also think this was a real Priest who came because he heard it on his scanner and then left.
Yes, but faith in God is the source of eternal salvation...I believe this is a sign of faith...that’s all. It isn’t Catholic, Episcopal, Baptist, Congregationalist or Presbyterian...that was all I was saying....
“Forget it. You dont understand my point whatsoever. I never disputed he appeared as a priest.”
I understand your point - according to your own words: “Why are you sure this is Christian? I have no idea what happened here so I wont even speculate, but in all things we must be discerning. ... The Bible tells us Satan disguises himself and masquerades as an angel of light. Abject evil wont fool many people but untold billions will follow an angel of light to their eternal doom.”
And, as you have already admitted, the person in question appeared as a priest AND NOT AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.