I was sitting at the kitchen table this morning and I suddenly thought about possibly going to the Miraculous Medal Novena at St. Joseph’s tonight. I was not sure if I was going to go or not. I was going to wait and see how the day went. At the very same time I remembered that since today is the 25th of the month there will be a new message from Our Lady of Medjugorje. As I finished thinking about these things I just happened to notice the time and it was 8:13.
I went to work in "hometown" and it was not a very busy day. My friend and co-worker, Carrol R asked me to go to lunch with him and after we finished eating he asked me if I was going to pray the rosary today. I said yes and looked at my watch and the time was 12:13. I drove to Our Lady of the Blue Ridge because I enjoy the ride and when I arrived I prayed both the Joyful and Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. When I finished the rosary I looked at my watch and the time was 1:13. I drove back to work and arrived there at 1:33.
I had not been back at my desk very long when my phone rang and it was Bob G. Bob asked if I was going to St. Joseph’s tonight for the Miraculous Medal Novena. I thought for a moment and told Bob that I was going to go. Bob said “If you don’t mind I would like to ride with you”. I said OK, I will pick you up when I get off work.
It was still not a very busy day at work but I found enough things to at least look busy. After I finished those few things I started thinking about sending Fr. Al Pehrsson and Fr. William O’Brien who are the former and current pastors at St. Joseph’s copies of my testimony that picks up where the last copies that they have left off. I made the copies and when the copy machine printed the last sheet the time on the copy machine was 1:33. That was not the correct time but that’s what it said.
When I got off work I rode over to Bob’s house and helped him get into the handicap van. It is quite a lot of work for Bob to go anywhere and for the person assisting him. Sometimes I just don’t know how Barbara does it all.
Bob and I left and rode to Wal Mart in Leesburg and picked up Ted Szymanski and from there rode straight to St. Joseph’s. When we arrived I helped Bob get out of the van. When we got to the handicap entrance of the church we discovered that the handicap door at the top of ramp was locked. I looked at my watch and the time was 7:33:13. Ted said “hold on I will go in the other door and unlock it”. Ted unlocked the door and Bob rolled into St. Joseph’s at 7:33:33.
There was a visiting priest from Poland doing the novena and celebrating mass but I don’t know his name. When everything was over I glanced at my watch as we were leaving the church and it said XX:XX:13. Ted needed to use the restroom but the parish hall was not open so he had to walk across the street to the Ott house. Bob got in the van and I talked to Jim O’Brien while waiting for Ted. When Ted got back we pulled out of St. Joseph’s parking lot and I glanced at my watch and the time was 8:33:33. We rode back to Leesburg and dropped Ted off and the time was 9:33. Bob and I rode back to "hometown" and when we arrived back at his house the odometer was 13. I helped Bob in the house and then I rode home and pulled in my driveway at 11:13
September 6, 2003