Emergency workers desperately tried to save Katie Lentz, 19, who was trapped in her car for nearly
an hour before an apparent miracle was performed by a mystery priest.
Priest suddenly appears, accident victim saved
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article appeared in the Canada Free Press on August 8, 2013. It was written by Robert Laurie who wrote one of the clearer reports about the miracle on Highway 19 in Missouri on Sunday, August 4, 2013. At the end of the article, we’ve added the latest news showing that miracles often are worked through human beings.
Early Sunday morning, Tulane University sophomore Katie Lentz was driving her Mercedes along Highway 19 near Center, Missouri when she was struck by a drunk driver, and her car was instantly reduced to a twisted ball of steel. New London, Missouri fire chief, Raymond Reed, arrived on the scene, but things looked bleak.
The older Mercedes was made of tough metal that was dulling rescue workers cutting tools, and they were having trouble freeing Lentz from the wreckage. Even if they managed to cut her out, there was concern that the sudden change in blood pressure would kill her instantly. There was little hope that she would escape the accident alive.
So, she asked if someone would pray with her.
It was then that a mysterious grey-haired priest appeared. He’s been described as an older gentleman, clad in a black suit, with a black collar and white collar insert. In his hand he carried a small bottle of anointing oils.
“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Chief 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 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 man prayed, anointed Lentz, and stepped back. At that moment, fresh equipment arrived, Lentz was freed, and she was evacuated to safety. She’s in rough shape, but she’ll survive. The rescue workers turned to thank their Good Samaritan, only to find that he’d vanished.
The road was blocked off for a mile in either direction and although there are over 70 photos of the accident scene, the priest appears in none of them. None of the locals who witnessed the event recognized him and, despite an ongoing investigation, he hasn’t been seen since.
Some people think he was an angel, some suggest he was a man guided by God, and others just think he was a man who appeared at the right place and time. Whoever - or whatever - he was, the first responders would like to thank him.
“I think it’s a miracle,” Reed said. “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. We would like to find this gentleman and be able to thank him. As a first responder, you don’t know what you’re going to run into. We have a lot of tools, and we have intensive training. In this particular case, it is my feeling that it was nothing more than sheer faith and nothing short of a miracle.”
On August 12, 2013, the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri identified the mystery priest as Rev. Patrick Dowling (L) who was travelling on Highway 19 between Mass assignments in northern and central Missouri on the day of the accident.
Father Dowling said he was pleased he was able to help by performing his ministry and noted that he was just one of many who responded to assist the victim in the accident.
Father Dowling is a native of Ireland and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri in 1982. He has served parishes in Missouri as well as mission parishes in Peru, including Nazca which is famous for its ancient Nazca Lines and art that only can be fully viewed and appreciated from the air.
Kids who’ve created miracles
Young Craig Kielburger with the Dalai Lama – Craig more recently in Africa with
his brother Marc who is a co-founder of Free the Children
One morning before school, Craig Kielburger was looking for the comics section of the newspaper when he noticed an article about a 12-year-old Pakistani boy who was murdered for speaking out against child labor. Craig was only 12 at the time and didn't even know what child labor was, but soon learned there were 250 million child laborers in the world. Wanting to put a stop to this, he started Free the Children with a group of classmates. Craig is now in his 20s and Free the Children has become the largest organization of children helping children, with partnerships with the United Nations and Oprah's Angel Network.
Craig and his brother Marc have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have been fortunate to learn from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.
They have shared simple meals with children struggling in the slums of Calcutta, Brazil and Thailand, and have shared the stage with heads of state at United Nations conferences. They’ve also had the chance to speak with thousands of students, parents and educators who hold a common commitment to global change.
Throughout their travels, Craig and Marc have witnessed not only the extremes of humanity’s wealth and poverty, privilege and exploitation, but also the power that every person has to create lasting change.
Hannah Taylor at five, speaking about her book, speaking more recently about her foundation
When five year-old Hannah Taylor saw a homeless man eating out of a garbage can, she set out to cure the world of homelessness with hugs and ladybugs. As Hannah says, ladybugs represent good luck and homeless people need good luck. With some help from parents, she set up The Ladybug Foundation and painted baby food jars like ladybugs and asked businesses for spare change. Within five years, Hannah raised more than half a million dollars and doesn't plan on slowing down.
NOTE: The above information and photos are from the two foundation websites.
Elephants’ touching tribute to man who saved them
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an anniversary tribute to Lawrence Anthony who devoted his life to saving endangered animals. We’d like to thank James Everhart for reminding us of this uplifting story.
A truly unique and heartwarming funeral procession occurred a year ago when wild elephants slowly made their way through Zulu bush country in South Africa to mourn the death of the man who had saved their lives.
While nobody told the elephants that Lawrence Anthony, known as “The Elephant Whisperer,” had died on March 2, 2012, they somehow knew. Coming from different directions, two herds of formerly violent rogue elephants marched for about 12 hours toward Anthony’s home. They came in two solemn single lines to offer comfort to their savior’s bereaved family.
Anthony’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched because she knew it had been more than three years since the elephants had been to their house.
The elephants stayed at the Anthony house for two days and two nights, making mournful sounds and rocking back and forth. They never stopped, even to eat. Then one morning they left, each herd going toward its respective territory.
Anthony wrote three books including “The Elephant Whisperer.” He became known internationally during the Iraq War when he bravely led the effort to save the animals at the Baghdad Zoo.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at home with family - with wife - at his “I Have a Dream” speech
Martin Luther King’s premonitions and plastic flowers
Martin Luther King, Jr., a nonviolent champion of brotherhood, never talked about premonitions or precognitive dreams, but during his final months he said and did many things that indicated he knew his time was running out. His wife, Coretta Scott King, tells about some of these in her book “My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.”
“It seemed almost as if there were great forces driving him to complete his work,” she writes. “The last few months before his death were lived at a frantic pace. I think the feeling of tremendous urgency he had toward the Poor People’s Campaign and the preparation that he tried to give his staff, so they could carry on without him, are indications of this. He worked at it as if it was to be his last and final assignment. At SCLC staff and board meetings he would say, with increasing frequency, ‘If anything happens to me, you must be prepared to continue.’”
Mrs. King remembers her husband giving her similar advice: “You know, I probably won’t live a long life, but if I die, I don’t want you to grieve for me. You go on and live a normal life.”
As April 4, 1968 drew closer, King became more public about his concerns. Exactly two months before his death, Mrs. King says her husband talked at some length about his own funeral in a sermon at the Ebenezer church.
“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day,” he directed the congregation, “I don’t want a long funeral.” He also wanted to be remembered for “serving others” and for trying “to love somebody.”
One of the most touching things Mrs. King recalls,
occurred less than a month before King’s death.
“The strain of Martin’s responsibilities was growing more intense,” she explains. “At the suggestion of his doctor, he decided to go away for a few days’ rest. Then, on March 12, just before he was to leave, he called me on the telephone from his office and asked, ‘Did you get your flowers?’
“I told him that none had come, and Martin explained that when he was downtown shopping for some much needed clothing for himself, he had gone next door to the florist and purchased some flowers for me. The proprietor had promised to deliver them right away. I was touched by this gesture of love. By the time he had come home to pick up his bag to leave for the airport, the flowers arrived.
“They were beautiful red carnations, but when I touched them I realized they were artificial. In all the years we had been together, Martin had never sent me artificial flowers. It seemed so unlike him. I kissed him and thanked him. I said, ‘They are beautiful and they’re artificial.’
“‘Yes,’ Martin said, ‘I wanted to give you something that you could always keep.’
“They were the last flowers I ever got from Martin. Somehow, in some strange way, he seemed to have known how long they would have to last.”
Atheists’ child paints visions from heaven
Akiane Kramarik was a most unlikely child to see visions and dreams of heaven and Jesus. Why? Because she was raised by atheist parents in a home without television, had no babysitters and was homeschooled. In other words, there was no chance she was exposed to ideas of God and heaven in her little world.
Then life for the Kramarik family drastically changed when three-year-old Akiane began having her dreams and visions. By age four she proved to be a painting prodigy as she captured her extraordinary visions on canvas. Since then, she’s become known around the world for her paintings, especially the ones of Jesus – and, yes, her parents no longer are atheists.
Another child, Colton Burpo, whose near-death experiences are revealed in the book “Heaven is for Real,” says Akiane’s painting of Jesus is the only one that looks like the Jesus he met in heaven.
Once, according to an article in New Connexion magazine, Akiane was staring off into space with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. When asked what was going on, she replied:
“I was with God again, and He told me to pray continually. He showed me where He lived. I was climbing transparent stairs; underneath I saw gushing waterfalls, and as I was approaching Him, His body was pure and intense light. What impressed me the most was His hands – they were gigantic! I saw no bones, or veins, no skin or blood, but maps and events.* Then He told me to memorize thousands upon thousands of wisdom words on a scroll that did not look like paper, but more like intense light. And, in a few seconds, I got somehow filled up. From now on I will get up early to paint. I hope one day I’d be able to paint what I was shown.”
*Song: ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands’
Akiane was three years old in 1997 when she had that experience, but it was only a year later when she began painting those images to share with the world. Here are some of her paintings:
“I have been blessed by God,” says Akiane, “and if I’m blessed, there is one reason and one reason only, and that is to help others. I am donating a big portion of money to charity and to combat poverty. I want to help people. I want people to find hope in my paintings and draw people’s attention to God.”
Skeptical surgeons transformed by near-death experiences
Dr. Eben Alexander teaches neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and is the son of a neurosurgeon. He is a scientist to the core who didn’t believe in life beyond death until he was in a coma for seven days and declared brain dead. Surprisingly, he snapped back to life with an incredible story to tell.
Though he’s still a neurosurgeon, he has a new mission – to convince other hardcore scientists and nonbelievers that there is life after death. His new book, “Heaven is Real: A Doctor’s Experience with the Afterlife,” is part of that effort.
In reviewing the October 15, 2012 article in Newsweek about him and his new book, it’s clear that Alexander finds words too limiting to describe his experiences in heaven but he gives it a good try.
Dr. Mary Neal was the director of spine surgery at the University of Southern California before going into private practice. Like many scientists, she was a spiritual skeptic until she drowned while whitewater kayaking with her family on a river in Southern Chile.
When her kayak became pinned at the bottom of a waterfall, she was completely submerged and died before her companions could rescue her. During that time, she traveled from life to death to eternal life and then back again.
In her book “To Heaven and Back” she provides details about heaven, her communication with angels and her deep sadness when she realized she had to return to Earth. But, she returned with a new understanding of her purpose on Earth.
Power of thoughts and words – photo proof
Dr. Masaru Emoto and one of his rice experiments
With so many people preparing for possible disasters, perhaps it’s time to seriously contemplate the experiments of Dr. Masaru Emoto. Quite simply, he’s shown over and over how positive thoughts and words can impact everything around us.
The above right photo, for example, shows the impact of thoughts or words upon cooked rice. Equal amounts of water and cooked rice were put into identical containers. The words “I love you” were written on one container. The words “I hate you” were written on the other. The two jars were placed a foot apart and left on a shelf for 30 days. The results are remarkably different. The rice in the first jar still looks edible.
The photos below show the impact of positive and negative thoughts and words upon water taken from the base of the Fujiwara Dam in Japan. In each experiment, words or thoughts were directed at the water. Then it was frozen and viewed under a microscope. Imagine how positive thoughts could change the world.
(1) Fujiwara Dam in Japan, (2) water from dam under a microscope, (3) same water after blessing from Buddhist monk, (4) same water after words “Love and Appreciation,” (5) same water after words “Thank You.”
NOTE: Dr. Masaru Emoto has written more than three dozen books on the impact of thoughts and words since his book “Messages from Water” was published in 1999.
Steve Jobs – with his wife – with his family
EDITOR’S NOTE: All major U.S. media seem to have covered the eulogy for Steve Jobs of Apple Computers, but the “Hindustan Times” was most succinct in getting right to the man’s poignant last moments and final words.
What were Steve Jobs’ Last Words?
November 22, 2011 - Describing Steve Jobs a tender and loving soul, Apple’s visionary co-founder’s biological sister has revealed his last moment and the enigmatic words he uttered before he dies. In a touching eulogy about her late brother at his memorial service on October 16, Mona Simpson told the group of mourners that Steve Jobs looked at his wife and children, then beyond them, before uttering “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
Millions saw Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary appeared over the Coptic Orthodox Church in Zeitoun, Egypt for three years beginning on April 2, 1968. They were seen by millions of people of many faiths including nonbelievers. The apparitions lasted from a few minutes to several hours and sometimes were accompanied by luminous heavenly bodies shaped like doves that flew at high speeds.
These photos show three of the apparitions. The first, which is blurred by the light emitted by the apparition, shows the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. The second is the clearest and reveals a dove hovering above her head. The third is another full-body image that is blurred by the apparition’s own glow.
“Lady, don’t jump! Don’t jump!”
These words launched one of the most spectacular series of Virgin Mary apparitions in the world. They were shouted out by Farouk Mohammed Atwa, a Muslim worker at the city garage across from the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mary in the Cairo suburb of Zeitoun, Egypt.
The Muslim worker thought a girl on the church dome was about to commit suicide so he dashed off to call a rescue squad. It was then the “young girl” rose above the dome revealing herself to be a luminous lady.
That frantic shout on April 2, 1968 triggered a three-year series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary who appeared in a variety of ways at the church: kneeling on the dome, standing in the garden, holding infant Jesus, standing with Joseph and Jesus as a boy, and extending an olive branch to the crowds. Often doves of light accompanied her.
Crowds quickly soared to an estimated 250,000 people per night and included Muslims, Jews, Christians and nonbelievers. Many millions witnessed her appearances over those three years.
As one might expect, uncountable Christians testified to the authenticity of the apparitions including the Coptic Pope, but testimonies from Moslems might provide greater proof. The Egyptian Director of General Information and Complaints, for example, turned in this report:
“The official investigations have been carried out with the result that it has been considered an undeniable fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing on the Coptic Orthodox Church at Zeitoun in a clear and bright luminous body, seen by all present in front of the church, whether Christian or Moslem.”
Other prominent Moslem witnesses included the Minister of Labor, an Arab Television Broadcasting official and a member of the National Assembly who claimed his daughter was cured by the Virgin Mary.
This was just one of the healings which began with the witness who yelled, “Lady, don’t jump!” His gangrenous finger, which was scheduled for amputation the next day, was instantly healed, as was the injured arm of the man who took the first photograph of the Lady of Light.
These were the first of many healings at St. Mary’s church, but the seed of a different miracle was planted there five decades earlier. A member of the Khalil family, which owned the land where the church now stands, had a dream in which the Virgin Mary told him to build a church in her honor. She also told him that in 50 years she would uniquely bless it, which she did in uncountable ways between 1968 and 1971.
Near-death experiences from many faiths
The following are near-death-experiences as reported by individuals from six different faiths. They are listed in alphabetical order.
ATHEISM - Dannion Brinkley was an atheist whose life was dramatically transformed when he was hit by lightning and had a near-death experience (NDE). Later he wrote about it in his book “Saved by the Light.” Here are snippets from his extensive NDE experience:
From immense pain I found myself engulfed by peace and tranquility. . . . A tunnel was forming, opening like the eye of a hurricane and coming toward me. . . . I looked ahead into the darkness. There was a light up there, and I began to move toward it as quickly as possible.
I looked to my right and could see a silver form appearing like a silhouette through mist. As it approached I began to feel a deep sense of love that encompassed all of the meanings of the word. . . .The Being of Light stood directly in front of me. As I gazed into its essence I could see prisms of color, as though it were composed of thousands of tiny diamonds, each emitting the colors of the rainbow. . . .
The Being of Light engulfed me, and as it did I began to experience my whole life, feeling and seeing everything that had ever happened to me. . . . When I finished the life review, I arrived at a point of reflection in which I was able to look back on what I had just witnessed and come to a conclusion. I was ashamed. I realized I had led a very selfish life, rarely reaching out to help anyone. . . . I hadn't given a damn about my fellow humans.
I looked at the Being of Light and felt a deep sense of sorrow and shame. I expected a rebuke. . . . “Who you are is the difference that God makes,” said the Being. “And that difference is love.” As the being of Light moved away, I felt the burden of this guilt being removed. . . . I could hear the Being’s message in my head, again as if through telepathy:
“Humans are powerful spiritual beings meant to create good on the Earth. This good isn’t usually accomplished in bold actions, but in singular acts of kindness between people. It’s the little things that count, because they are more spontaneous and show who you truly are.”
BUDDHISM - This is a near-death experience case from Thailand provided by Dr. Dhebhanom Muangman, president of the Bangkok Institute of Psychical Research. He simply describes the woman as a 58-year-old university professor who was educated in the United States. Here is his report:
The near-death experience began in her kitchen as a cobra bit her when she reached down to turn on the propane that fed her stove. Patient was put in a coffin which was placed in a Buddhist temple. She remained there for three days before reviving.
Her NDE began with an autoscopic out-of-body experience. She then found herself in front of her house. Two men in western clothes appeared and told her to get up. They said they wanted to take her for a walk. She looked back and found that the house had disappeared. The path in front of her was misty. The weather was cool and pleasant. She saw crowds of people from which emerged an older man who she referred to as uncle (father's elder brother) “Pong.”
“Pong” told her that he was dead, and was there to welcome her. (He had, in fact, died the day after she was bitten by a cobra).
Two men, not described, came to “take her” for judgment. She came before a “judge” (not described) who told her that although her name was the right name, it was actually another person of the same name who was to have been taken. He instructed the two to take her back.
The patient resisted, and asked, before she went back, to know if heaven and hell were real. The judge instructed the guides to take her on a tour of heaven and hell. She was taken to heaven first. Her experience of heaven was of a cool place where birds, flowers and beautiful houses were found in abundance. Hell was a place where souls were tortured in various ways, with whippings specifically mentioned.
After her tour was over, she revived, and began to beat on the lid of the coffin. The monks in the temple ran away, frightened, thinking that she was a ghost. One of her family members opened the coffin, and let her out.
CHRISTIANITY – Tiffany Snow was a successful songwriter and record producer in Nashville when she was struck by lightning and had a near-death experience that transformed her into a healer and teacher who says she now is “a worker for the Big Guy.” Here is part of her testimony from her book “Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life – Tools to Connect.”
The lightning struck, and I did an uncontrollable electrical dance as my muscles spasmed. I felt no pain, and all went black. I died. Next, I found myself standing on nothing, way up in the universe, and there were distant colorful planets all around me. . . . I had a sense of being able to see not only in front of me, but all around at the same time.
Floating just a few feet from me, I saw a man with a see-through body like mine. He spoke to me with a voice that I heard in my head: "Don't be afraid, it's ok." Meanwhile, we were speeding toward a great elliptical ball of spinning light, brilliantly white in the middle and yellowish on the outside edges. The closer we got to it, the more I felt overwhelming Love; it seemed so warm and comforting, I felt like a child being held.
We stopped. The bright light was still far from me. I wanted to go on; I felt like a magnet, irresistibly drawn. The desire to "blend" grew stronger the closer we got. I knew the light beyond was the very Presence of God, heaven itself! A glowing luminosity appeared in front of me, coming together to form a head, shoulders, a body.
A voice called out from the golden sparkles massed in front of me."What have you learned?" he asked. The voice was so soft and tender, yet the presence of Divine Authority was there; I knew that it was the voice of God's own son, Jesus Christ.
Then life events unfolded before my eyes - times when I showed anger, and when I showed love, appeared like a movie. I could feel the anger and hurt of the other person whenever I had been mean; and I also felt the anger as it rippled on through to others. Then, where I showed love to people, I felt that too. And I felt how much further that love rippled out from person to person, as a warm pulse triggering cause and effect - such joy!
Then Christ said, "The flesh is the test of the spirit … Love each other." And, I faintly heard voices singing the most beautiful melody I had ever heard, singing from the white light. A hot tingling sensation filled me to my toes. I was told, "Welcome to the world of healers."
Then the Christ sparkled and faded away. Beauty and colors twinkled around me, like being in the midst of a sparkling aurora borealis. . . . I then felt myself sinking, as if falling through a bed. I was being pulled back. . . .
Now, I do healing work in three clinics in California, and I fly all over seeing people get well, through prayer and hot hands. I never believed in healing or even near-death experiences before. The healing happens when I remember how it was up there, and I see myself in front of Christ, holding the sick person in my arms. Then I feel that warm tingling again and the miracles happen, like I'm connecting to God just from my memory.
I can't wait to go back. Until then, I'll try to make a better movie for my life review.
HINDUISM – Researchers Ian Stevenson and Satwant Pasricha documented 16 cases of near-death experiences in India for the “Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research.” They reported Hindus frequently say they were taken to the after-death realm by functionaries who then discover they’ve brought the wrong person, whereupon the person revives. Here is Mangal Singh’s account which the researchers say is typical of a Hindu NDE:
I was lying down on a cot when two people came, lifted me up, and took me along. I heard a hissing sound, but I couldn't see anything. Then I came to a gate. There was grass, and the ground seemed to be sloping. A man was there, and he reprimanded the men who had brought me, "Why have you brought the wrong person? Why have you not brought the man you had been sent for?" The two men ran away, and the senior man said, "You go back."
Suddenly I saw two big pots of boiling water, although there was no fire, no firewood, and no fireplace. Then the man pushed me with his hand and said, "You had better hurry up and go back." When he touched me, I suddenly became aware of how hot his hand was. Then I realized why the pots were boiling. The heat was coming from his hands. Suddenly I regained consciousness, and I had a severe burning sensation in my left arm."
FOOTNOTE: The researchers added that a boil appeared on Mangal’s arm where he had been touched during his NDE and that he later said the “official” had picked up a heavy Indian staff and was about to beat the two “employees” before they ran away.
ISLAMIC FAITH – At the age of twenty, Mebruke drowned while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Here is the essence of her near-death experience as recorded in the book “Parting Visions” by Melvin Morse.
I went under for the fourth time, and my body went limp and I wasn't aware of it anymore. It was at this point that I saw a beautiful white light. It was so bright and yet it had such a calming effect that the more I looked at it, the calmer I felt. To this day I can't really say what that light was. In my religion there are beings called angels who are made out of pure white light. Maybe that is what I saw.
Anyway, while I was underwater, I heard a voice say, "You are not to die like this." Suddenly I felt this energy shoot through me from my feet to my head, and at the same time I seemed to be propelled out of the water. It was as if someone was physically bringing me out of the water, but I can swear that there was no physical being there.
I was moved through the water, I don't know how else to describe it. Before long a boat came, and a man reached over the side and pulled me out.
JUDAISM - Dr. Rene Turner recounts her near-death experience in Kevin Williams’ book “Nothing Better than Death.” Here are snippets from her NDE in her own words:
I have no memory of the process of dying or leaving my body. I was moving head first through a dark maelstrom of what looked like black boiling clouds, feeling that I was being beckoned to the sides, which frightened me. Ahead was a tiny dot of bright light which steadily grew and brightened as I drew nearer. . . .
I arrived in an explosion of glorious light into a room with insubstantial walls, standing before a man about in his thirties, about six feet tall, reddish brown shoulder length hair and an incredibly neat, short beard and mustache. He wore a simple white robe.
Light seemed to emanate from him and I felt he had great age and wisdom. He welcomed me with great love, tranquility, and peace (indescribable) - no words. I felt, "I can sit at your feet forever and be content," which struck me as a strange thing to think/say/feel. I became fascinated by the fabric of his robe, trying to figure out how light could be woven!
He stood beside me and directed me to look to my left, where I was replaying my life's less complementary moments. I relived those moments and felt not only what I had done but also the hurt I had caused. Some of the things I would have never imagined could have caused pain. . . . When I became burdened with guilt, I was directed to other events which gave joy to others, although I felt unworthy. It seemed the balance was in my favor. I received great love. . . .
The Person who first welcomed me came and placed his hand on my shoulder and turned me towards him. He said, "You must return. You have a task to perform."
Singing orphan inspires us to never give up
This video from the television competition “Korea’s Got Talent” will touch your heart, fill you with hope, uplift your spirit, and fill you to the brim with love and compassion for those who overcome so much to reach for their dreams.
Giant angels – witness descriptions
EDITOR’S NOTE: After posting the article “Six cosmonauts saw seven angels outside space station” in the Global Links section of this website, we decided to post excerpts from a few earthbound witness reports of giant angels or archangels. In each case, there was a reason for the angel’s appearance, but we’re only posting physical descriptions to show their apparent similarities in appearance.
“He stood about 9 feet tall, had blond hair, and wore a simple white tunic that was cut square at the neck so I could see some of his chest that it was without hair. His face was clean cut, he obviously didn’t need to shave and for he had no facial hair at all. He had a square chisel-sharp chin with an indentation; overall his facial features appeared clean and sharp.
“He had light blue eyes, that were filled with knowledge of what was right the instant you looked at them. He had shoulder length hair that was a lovely blond with a slightly rust reddish tinge in it. His hair moved with the same grace and flowing movement that his clothing had; it was as though I saw him in slow motion.
“But the most magnificent thing about him was his wings. His two wings rose from his shoulders and seemed to be a natural part of him. I marvelled at the width and size of the feathers. For the big feathers were huge and went way up above his head. The bigger feathers must have been 3 or more inches wide and several feet long. He wore no jewellery or adornments of any kind. . . .
“I remember wondering how beautiful the light was that he shone with and he told me that that was the light from God and that he was all shiny from being in the presence of God and that he was not naturally shiny that way. I could not imagine how wonderful God must be to impart such beauty on anyone who even came near Him. Next he showed me that he had a simple message for me from God. . . .” - Paul Williams with Paul’s Publishing
“I looked up and saw standing at the foot of my bed the biggest character I had ever seen in my life. I hadn’t heard anyone come into the room. He just stood there looking at me. It was an angel of the Lord! He was huge! He looked about seven feet tall and had blond hair longer than mine. He glowed. It was such a shock to see him standing there. I could have blown a hole in the wall getting out if I could have made myself move. He said, ‘I have been sent by the Lord. . . .’ One particular thing I remember about him was that he didn’t have any wings.” - Jesse Duplantis, evangelist
“When I did look, there was a very tall and large angel, with huge wings on his back. He was standing and holding my little dog and petting him. I asked him who he was and, without actually talking to me with his mouth, he said his name was Michael and that I could go back to sleep because I was safe. Obviously, he was protecting my little dog too. I slept peacefully the whole night and woke up feeling wonderful the next day. I can honestly tell the world that Archangel Michael is real because I personally met him!” – Tina P. Of Maryland
of Virgin Mary encircled by Sun
An apparent apparition of the Virgin
Mary encircled by the Sun was caught
on a cell phone video on April 20, 2011
in Ivory Coast, Africa. Even if you
cannot understand the words, the excited
sounds from the crowd of witnesses add
authenticity to what is shown. The raw
footage was considered worthy enough
for Afrika-United TV to broadcast. If
you’re short on time, jump to
the 1:36 minute mark on the video.
performance by 1,000,000 children
It’s a miracle to get one million
children lined up in neat rows. It’s
a greater miracle to get them singing
in unison in a grand circle of peace.
It’s an even greater miracle that
their finale is sung in multiple languages
– again in perfect unison.
This is an uplifting video of a performance
of the song “Change
the World.” It was
organized by award-winning musician
Howard McCrary who has worked with
such musical heavyweights as Quincy
Jones, Nina Simone, Ringo Starr, Michael
Jackson and the Brooklyn Symphony
The children encircled the Dhammakaya
Foundation’s temple in Thailand
on December 11, 2010 for this performance,
which clearly demonstrates what human
beings can accomplish when they work
together for a worthwhile purpose.
We’d like to thank Beck Horne
for sending this video to the website.
By Mary Joyce
“Mountain Joe,” grew up
in the wild parts of Western North Carolina
and still lives there more than sixty
years later. Once or twice a month,
he comes to where I work. Gradually,
over several years, he began trusting
me and sharing some of his true life
stories. Unlike typical mountain storytellers,
his stories are right to the point and
once he drops them on me, he’s
out the door. Some of those “droppings”
have proved to be accurate leads for
Painting by Joan
Well, the week of January 17, 2011,
he started telling me a story that
seemed to be important to him, but
other people kept interrupting so
he left. Less than 10 minutes later,
when everyone else had departed, he
was back. He must have been waiting
in his vehicle.
In his to-the-point style, he said
he once lived in a “shack”
near a mountain lake. One day he was
just going fishing when the “clouds
opened up” and he heard
“the most beautiful
music” he’d ever
heard coming from the sky. After that,
he said he heard “the
most beautiful male voice”
that directed him to “Go
to the headwaters of the lake.”
Of course that got his attention and
he decided to check it out “to
see if there was anything to it.”
When he got to the headwaters, he
found a vehicle “full
of Boy Scouts” trapped
inside and teetering at the edge of
the lake. The vehicle, he explained,
had gone off the road and down a steep
The boys and their leader were shocked,
and relieved, when “Mountain
Joe” arrived because they knew
they were in an isolated spot. They
hadn’t seen signs of anyone
before their plunge to the brink of
the lake. They asked him where in
the world he’d come from. In
a surprising moment of candor, he
told them what he’d just experienced
a short time earlier. According to
“Mountain Joe,” the scouts
said they had “started
praying really hard”
at the same time he’d received
his message from above.