I woke up very early this morning and the first thing that ran through my mind was the fact that today is the Feast Of The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birth. I got dressed and just as I put my watch on the time was 5:13. I went down stairs and sat down at my computer and wrote the paper for this past First Friday, September 5th. I completed the paper and glanced at my watch and the time was 7:13.
Later in the morning I was sitting upstairs saying a few prayers when suddenly and out of nowhere my entire chain of thought was suddenly interrupted and was replaced with a very vivid recollection of being in Medjugorje. It was so sudden and vivid that it was almost like being there. I glanced at my watch and the time was 8:13:13.
I attended mass at "Parish Church" and then went to work in "hometown". A little later in the morning S.C.C. called me and she asked if I was planning on going to St. Joseph’s tonight for the Miraculous Medal novena. When S.C.C. asked me that it reminded me that Barbara G said that she would like to go tonight because she has a few days off from work and has never been to Emmitsburg. I told S.C.C. that I did plan on going. S.C.C. said she and C.R.C. would be going to the Holy Hour at "Parish Church". We hung up and the time was 9:13.
I was fairly busy at work and when I took my lunch break I rode to Our Lady of the Blue Ridge and prayed the rosary. After I finished the rosary and was pulling out I met a car with the license plate of XX13.
I arrived back at work and finished the day. When I got off work I drove over to Bob and Barbara Gray’s house. Bob did not look well and the entire evening was a struggle for him. We rode in the handicap van. We picked Ted up at Wal Mart in Leesburg and rode to Emmitsburg.
We stopped first at the Grotto of Lourdes to get water, we arrived at 7:13. We got the water and rode straight over to St. Joseph’s and arrived at 7:33. Fr O’Brien was the celebrant.
During mass at the very start of the Liturgy of the Eucharist I looked up and I saw a halo of light form around the head of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:13. As I was looking at the halo it changed and formed 3 straight rays of light that surrounded Mary’s head. The rays were narrow where they originated at Her head and got wider towards the top. When it stopped I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:33.
Mass ended at 8:13. I stood outside and talked to Jim O’Brien while Ted, Bob and Barbara used the restroom in the parish hall. Jim left and I sat in the van waiting for them to come out so we could leave. When they returned the time was 8:33.
We drove back to Leesburg and dropped Ted off and started driving home. Barbara asked if we could stop somewhere so she could get something to eat. We stopped at Wendy’s. We then rode the rest of the way home and arrived back at Bob and Barbara’s at 11:33. I helped Bob back in the house. Barbara told me she had a wonderful time and wants to go back when there is more time to spend at the Grotto. I drove home and glanced at my watch just as I pulled in my drive way and it said XX:XX:33.
Sep 11, 2003