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Boy saved from decapitation by sky full of Angels

Josiah Lamb
On a Fourth of July weekend, 12-year-old Josiah Lamb was driving a jet ski. He was gunning it, whipping the jet ski around at high speed, not seeing that the boat was heading straight for a thin blue boatline.
A few seconds before the boat hit the rope, Josiah saw the sky lit up with huge Angels carrying flaming swords. He heard what he believes to be the voice of God telling him: “Put your hand up, Josiah.”
So Josiah did as he was told.
The boatline hit Josiah right on his neck.
The boy’s neck was torn open, bubbles and blood were coming out….
Josiah was taken to ER and put in a coma for 24 hours.
Josiah broke two fingers of his left hand and injured his left arm.
His doctors said if Josiah had not lifted up his arm at the very last second before impact, the rope would have decapitated him.
H/t In God’s Company
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The face of mysterious priest at car wreck

UPDATE (Aug. 12, 2013):

The priest has come forward! He is Fr. Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. (See my post here.)
priest1Last Sunday morning, August 4, 2013, on a lonely open stretch of Missouri highway, 19-year-old Katie Lentz was struck head-on by a drunk driver, 26-year-old Aaron Smith.
Emergency workers struggled for an hour and a half to free Lentz, pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, but to no avail. Medical workers told rescue crews that Lentz was failing and fast.

priest2That’s when Lentz asked if someone would pray with her and a voice said, “I will.”

A silver-haired priest in his 50s or 60s, wearing the priestly garb of black pants, black shirt and black collar with visible white insert, stepped forward from nowhere. As recounted by New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed to KHQA-TV:

“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, 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.”
Right after the prayer, the Hannibal Fire Department showed up with heavy equipment to cut through the metal. Lentz was extricated from the wreckage and into an Air Evac helicopter. At least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest, but he was no where in sight. The highway had been blocked for a quarter of a mile during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. (See Steve’s post on this, here.)

priest3Adding to this mystery is the curious fact that the priest doesn’t appear in the 70 photos taken at the scene!

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have an idea what he looks like, because there are eye witnesses who have described the priest to KHQA.
One of them is Wanda Burr-White, who was at the crash site and with her husband had held Lentz’s head while rescue workers were trying to extricate her from the car. She remembers the priest well: “He was dark complected. He had an accent, but I’m not sure what nationality. He was probably 5’6″ maybe.” Other eyewitness accounts described the priest as medium built, about 6′ tall.

Based on what witnesses saw and later described, Randall Sands used the FACES software from IQ Biometrix to make this composite sketch of the face of the mysterious priest:
priestThen I read FOTM’s joandarc’s comment on Steve’s post about the mysterious priest. This is what she wrote:
“Last Sunday, August 4th, was the Feast Day of St. John Vianney, who happens to be the patron saint of Catholic Priests worldwide. He lived from 1786 to 1859. Pursuant to Saint of the Day edited by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., “Situations calling for impossible deeds followed him everywhere…” He established “La Providence,” a home for girls and he was a remarkable Confessor, spending eleven to twelve hours daily reconciling people with God, and in the summer months, he spent sixteen hours a day in this capacity. Perhaps it was St. John Vianney who helped Katie Lentz and the rescuers in this impossible situation. Remember, the Church Triumphant, the angels and the saints, are with us!”
Here are two representations of St. John Vianney — a statue and a portrait:

st-john-vianneyNow let’s compare St. John Vianney with the composite sketch of the mysterious priest:

St John VianneySame high forehead, horizontal eyebrows, the two vertical frown lines between eyebrows, straight nose, thin upper lip, and cleft chin!
Fire chief Reed said: “We’re all local people from four different towns. We’ve only got one Catholic church out of three towns and it wasn’t their priest. I think it’s a miracle. I would say whether it was an angel that was sent to us in the form of a priest or a priest that became our angel, I don’t know. Either way, I’m good with it.”
Katie Lentz’s mom, Carla Churchill Lentz, said emergency workers have told her there is no way her daughter should have lived inside such a mangled car. Of the priest, she said, “I do believe he certainly could have been an angel dressed in priest’s attire because the Bible tells us there are angels among us.”
To quote FOTM’s joandarc:

Remember, the Church Triumphant, the angels and the saints, are with us!”

Praise God!!!

UPDATE (Aug. 10, 2013):

The number of photos taken at the crash scene is now increased to 80. Fox News reports that “Fire Chief Reed said the department took 80 photos of the scene and the priest did not appear in any of them. […] The Diocese of Jefferson City says it has not located the priest involved. ‘Out of respect for the privacy of any priest who may have been involved and does not wish to come forward, the Diocese does not plan to further investigate this incident. The Diocese is grateful that a priest was able to exercise his ministry in this manner and requests prayers for healing of the victim, as well as prayers of thanks.’”
Katie Lentz Lentz remains at Blessing Hospital, where she was treated for multiple fractures and serious internal injuries. Please pray for her recovery. Thank you.

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The Angel who visited a girl with leukemia

Today is the eve before Christmas, when billions of people across the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who humbled himself and became incarnate as a man.
Because He loves us so.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16
Christmas Eve is an appropriate time for a reminder of His unimaginable, unfathomable, infinite love for us — each and every one of us — despite ourselves.
In an episode of AOL’s new series “Help From Beyond,” Bella recounts an encounter she had one night in her hospital room.
Mere days before Bella’s 15th birthday, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Lying in her hospital bed, knowing that childhood leukemia is deadly, Bella was frightened and in despair.
At 1:02 am, a male nurse walked in with a cup of ice. He wrote his name on the blackboard, “Wahkan,” and listened to Bella pouring her heart out. Wahkan comforted the gravely ill girl, then told her: “It’s not your time.”
The next morning, Bella asked her female nurse “Where is Wahkan?”
The nurse told Bella she was her nurse last night, and there were no male nurses in that hospital.
But Bella had not imagined her encounter. The plastic cup that had contained ice was still there by her bed. So was the word “Wahkan” on the blackboard.
Later that morning, Bella’s doctors were stunned that her blood counts had drastically improved and told her the leukemia would go into remission in a week.
Wahkan is a Native American boy name, which means “Sacred.” The name Wahkan is not among the top 1,000 most common names in the United States for the last 128 years.
In other words, Bella could not have made up that name.
Still don’t believe Bella?
My husband had a similar experience while waiting in pre-op for his cardiac surgery. I’ll tell his story on Sunday!

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Coma Patient Wakes Up — Surprised Doctors Planning Organ Harvest

 Readied To Donate Organs, 21-Year-Old Emerges From Coma

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES | Good Morning America – 7 hours ago


  • Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recoveredjust hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.

Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded in an Oct. 19 five-car accident in Tucson.

The 21-year-old’s brain injuries were so severe that the local hospital could not treat him. He was airlifted to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, where specialists performed surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm.

As hospital officials began palliative care and broached the subject of organ donation with his family, Schmid began to respond, holding up two fingers on command. Today he is walking with the aid of a walker, and his speech, although slow, has improved.  Full Story with Video Here

H/T Kelleigh

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Pray for the Victims

As President Obama leaves for a trip to Europe, the residents of Joplin, Missouri faced a tornado Sunday that killed at least 24 people.
Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard and declared a state of emergency Sunday night. His office said that state and local law enforcement agencies were coordinating search and rescue and recovery operations in the stricken areas.
This video (more just audio) is a horrific account of a family surviving this disaster.  Brings tears to my eyes just listening to the terrifying event they went through.  Thank God they survived. Prayers for all that perished and the residents of Joplin.

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Miracle at Golan Heights


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Patrick Henry Hughes and His Father


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Back From the Dead

This is a true story.
The man who died and then returned is real. He is auto mechanic Jeff Markin. The physician is a real cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, Chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens. 
Check out Dr. Crandall’s book, Raising the Dead: A Doctor Encounters the MiraculousHERE.
H/t my dear sis-in-law Shireen and my friend, Lisa, the bunny lady. (Big-hearted Lisa used to run a rabbit-guinea pig rescue until she injured herself working in the sanctuary.)

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