Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Crash Site?

A priest friend of mine once said in a homily, “For all you young men in the congregation—if there’s not a part of you that wants to be a priest, at least a little bit, then you probably don’t understand what it means to be a priest.” Among the many reasons I think that’s true—and I say this as a married layman—are stories like this one, from CBS affiliate KHQA in northeast Missouri. A 19 year-old, Katie Lentz, was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver and was pinned in her car. Rescue workers couldn’t pry her free.

After 45 minutes had passed, medical workers told rescue crews that Katie was failing and fast. That’s when Reed made an executive decision to move the car, which was standing on its side, back on all four wheels.

About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That’s when a priest appeared out of no where.

“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Reed said. “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.”

The Hannibal Fire Department showed up right after that prayer with fresh equipment and was able to finish the extrication. After getting Katie safely into the Air Evac helicopter, at least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest who 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. Lentz’ family and friends are amazed by the story.

A miracle? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe Fr. Whatshisname just walked off into the corn, Field of Dreams style. But the fact that people who were there—including first responders who are around traumatic events all the time—are willing to believe it was a miraculous intervention tells you something. And I think the fact that the mystery hero was clearly identified as a Catholic priest is hardly a coincidence. Watch the video. What do you think?

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38 thoughts on “Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Crash Site?

  1. Renee says:

    Now and at the hour of our death.

  2. Solomon David Husd says:

    Credo, Domine.

    Amazing also that this occurred on Sunday, August 4th, the feast day of St John Vianney; the patron saint of priests!

  3. Joseph Jeffries says:

    Don’t think, BELIEVE!

  4. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful story! And why should we be so surprised by a miracle? We not only witness one, but partake in one every time we receive the Holy Eucharist! But, alas, we mere mortals DO need to be reminded of God’s presence! God has blessed Katie, her family, and all of the Medical personnel, as well as the rest of us who get to hear this wonderful, uplifting story!

  5. Jan says:

    OH YES it was a miracle. Definitely a messenger from Heaven. God is so good. Thank you Lord for this miracle for those who were able to witness it and for any who hear about it.

  6. Jeremy says:

    I’d be interested to know what TYPE of Priestly Attire this priest/angel was wearing. It might help in identifying him whether he is a flesh-and-blood priest, or perhaps a priest Saint. Was he wearing the modern Post-Vatican II priestly attire of black shirt and pants, or was he wearing the traditional cassock? If he was dressed in the latter, most modern diocesan priests could be ruled out, meaning he could have been a priest of the Extraordinary Form (most of whom wear the cassock as their daily attire). It was also the attire of a large number of Saints who were priests in life…and technically still priests in the next life.

    What did he look like? Did he have any distinguishing facial characteristics? Did he wear glasses or a hat? Did he carry anything unusual with him, and did he wear his prayer stole? These are details that will help to identify this good man.

    1. scragsma says:

      You are incorrect in saying that pre-Vatican II priests usually wore the cassock rather than shirt and pants with their Roman collar. At least in my experience, priests routinely wore cassocks only within the confines of the parish property. I say this as one who had several priests as uncles.

      1. Jeremy says:

        Thank you for the information, though I didn’t intend to say ALL pre-Vat II priests exclusively wore the cassock outside of the parish property. I am aware that many donned a variety of formal and casual clerical uniforms throughout the ages. I have photographs from 1909 of a church being built in Oklahoma, and the priest is at work laying brick…wearing a black shirt with full-wraparound white collar, black vest & pants and a cap.

        My main point, however, was that whatever he was wearing (could) help in identifying him.

        If he was wearing a cassock, then there is a high-likelihood that he is a traditional priest (though again, not exclusive), as most wear the cassock at all times. Some Diocesan priests also opt to wear the cassock, but it is rare.

        If he was NOT wearing the cassock, then any details about what he DID wear might help to determine whether he is a living flesh-and-blood priest who happened by, or a priest Saint who is outside time and came to aide. Of course, that theory also is dependent on whether a Saint would appear in modern-day priestly attire or in that which he would have worn in life (which would be enormously out-of-place considering the wide variety of clerical attire throughout the history of the Church).

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