OMG YOU GUYS.
There was a miraculous story the other day about the most miraculous miracle that ever miracled.
Okay. *deep breath* It’s out of my system. Long story short, last Sunday there was a bad car accident involving college sophomore Katie Lentz, whose Mercedes was hit by a drunk driver in eastern Missouri [later identified as Aaron Smith]. Her car was a twisted, mangled wreck, she was pinned, and her life signs weren’t looking good. Before a last ditch effort to life the car upright and remove her, she asked if someone would pray with her. That’s when he appeared.
The silver-haired priest in his 50s or 60s in black pants, black shirt and black collar with visible white insert stepped forward from nowhere. It struck Reed as odd because the street was blocked off 2 miles from the scene and no one from the nearby communities recognized him.
“We’re all local people from four different towns,” Reed said. “We’ve only got one Catholic church out of three towns and it wasn’t their priest.”
After he led them in prayer and anointed Katie and some of the other emergency workers in oil, that’s when the miracle happened …
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.
Wow. Must be a miracle! No word on any of the other countless accidents that happen every day that don’t go nearly as well, but I’m glad this one did. As always, it’s a shame God didn’t kill the solenoid in the drunk guy’s car, thereby preventing the accident in the first place, but God isn’t known for being proactive. After the prayer session was over and Katie was whisked away, the priest mysteriously vanished …
… and everyone’s collective IQs dropped approximately 80 points. Hell, even the articles I’m citing are calling him an “angel”. I saw this on the news on Monday, and the reporters were just about falling over themselves about the miraculous story of how the priest suddenly appeared with no warning, how everything suddenly went their way after they prayed, and the fact that he wasn’t found in any of the pictures must mean he is a freaking angel I mean what other explanation is there come on people!!
“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.”
“Where did this guy come from?” asked another Lentz pal, Travis Wiseman. “We’re looking for the priest and so far, no one has seen him. Whether it was a priest as an angel or an actual angel, he was an angel to all those and to Katie.”
[Katie’s mother] told USA Today that emergency workers said there is no way her daughter should have lived through the crash. She believes the man may have been “an angel dressed in priest’s attire because the Bible tells us there are angels among us.”
The story stirred the imaginations of many across the country, including some who speculated he might have been a monk who died in 1927. [SERIOUSLY?!]
Ironically, Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, had the most level headed response to the entire situation, suggesting it was probably an ordinary person who didn’t want to be identified and that humanity as a whole is capable of such kindness all the time.
Unsurprisingly, he was right. The miracle angel-priest is none other than Father Patrick Dowling, who was driving back from Mass and got permission from the sheriff to approach the scene of the accident.
Dowling wrote in the National Catholic Register that he was returning from Mass when he came upon the accident scene.
“I absolved and anointed Katie and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not be hurt,” the priest wrote. “I left when the helicopter was about to take off.”
Well. Now that that’s settled, can we all please stop losing our minds every time the circumstances surrounding an event appears just slightly out of the ordinary? This is how religions start, ya know. People see something they don’t immediately understand, and before a rational explanation has the opportunity to present itself, they’re babbling on about God and worshiping aphid droppings.
As for Katie, she’s going to be on the mend for a long time.
Lentz is recovering from two broken femurs, a broken tibia and fibia, broken left wrist, nine broken ribs, a lacerated liver, ruptured spleen and bruised lung, according to the Facebook page of her mother, Carla Churchill Lentz.
In light of this and the perpetual problem of God being a “reactive” and not a “proactive” miracle worker, I give this one a D.
Still, I sincerely am glad she’s going to be OK.