January 9, 2005
Today is another perfect example of what I mean when I say I don’t know what to expect from one minute to the next. The way today unfolded was all started by three phone calls I was not expecting. The first call came in yesterday from Sr. Genevieve asking me if I could pick up a few things for her at the store. She said it was no rush and I could drop it off anytime. The 2nd phone call was from Dolly K asking if S.C.C. and I could serve as Eucharistic Ministers tomorrow at the 21st Mission of Mercy Mass at St. Mary’s.
I slept late this morning because the Mission of Mercy prayer service and mass at St. Mary’s does not start until 2 o’clock. When I got up this morning I noticed the clock next to the bed was 8:33. We ate breakfast and had a nice morning. I was sitting in the living room when suddenly I felt the peace run through me as I thought about today being the Mission of Mercy mass. I glanced at my watch just as that thought hit and the time was 9:33:33.
Later that morning the 3rd unexpected phone call came in. It was Jennifer White. Jennifer wanted to know if I could stop by the Basilica and pick up Sr. Mary Bernadette and take her to the Mission of Mercy mass because she was unable to do it. I told Jennifer I would pick her up. I called Sr. Mary Bernadette and let her know I would be picking her up today. I finished talking with her and we hung up just as the feeling of peace hit. I then noticed at that instant the time was 11:13.
I spent the rest of the morning doing little things around the house and spending time with S.C.C. and C.R.C.. When I finished those things I told S.C.C. and C.R.C. I was leaving to go pick up Sr. Mary Bernadette and I would see them at St. Mary’s. As I walked out the door I was again hit with the feeling of peace. I glanced at my watch and the time was 1:13:59.
I stopped at St. Joseph’s for just a minute to say a quick prayer and I felt the peace again just at the car came to a complete stop. I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:33. The peace hit again just as I walked in the church and again it said XX:XX:33. I said my prayers and left. I got back in my car and the instant I pulled out the odometer switched to 3.3. I drove to the Basilica and pulled up to the front entrance to pick up Sr. Mary Bernadette and I glanced at my watch at the very instant the car came to a complete stop. The time was 1:33:13.
I helped Sr. Mary Bernadette in the car because she is still recovering from breaking her leg. While we were driving to St. Mary’s Sr. Mary Bernadette talked about all the graces and blessings people are missing out on because of the closure of the Thursday Night Prayer Group. She said we need to pray for the priest especially those who resist the truth of what is happening in Emmitsburg. We arrived at St. Mary’s and I drove up to the front entrance and helped Sr. Mary Bernadette out of the car and into the church. When I returned to the car to go park it the CD counter flashed 13 and it was then I noticed the odometer was 33.
After parking the car I walked in the church and was told S.C.C. would be leading the 5th decade of the rosary. The prayer service began with the Thursday Night Choir singing a few songs followed by the rosary. Dr. Michael Sullivan started the Luminous rosary and read the meditations between each decade. The 5th decade came and just as S.C.C. started to lead it I felt the peace. I glanced down at my watch and the time was 2:33.
Mass followed the rosary and C.R.C. was the altar server. Allen Harris, S.C.C. and myself were the Eucharistic Ministers. Allen and S.C.C. had the Precious Blood and I had the Host. Gianna Sullivan received Holy Communion from me and just like last month it was at 3:33.
Mass ended and was followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. When everything was over there was a dinner downstairs in the parish hall. After dinner Sr. Mary Bernadette said she was ready to go. I went and got the car and pulled it back up to the front door. As I helped her in I noticed the time on the dash was 5:13. I then got in the car and at that very instant the CD counter flashed 33 and naturally the odometer was still 33.
As I drove Sr. Mary Bernadette back to the basilica she told me she had been a Daughter of Charity for 63 years. We arrived back at the basilica and just as we came to a complete stop at the front entrance the CD counter flashed 13.
I helped her out of the car and into the main lobby. When we got inside Sr. Mary Bernadette said she wanted to introduce me to someone. She introduced me to the lady who was working behind the reception counter. Her name was Debbie Hobbs.
Debbie made no attempt to hide the fact that she is a solid Thursday Night Prayer Group supporter. Debbie asked me if I knew that Sr. Mary Bernadette was one of the 2 original Daughters of Charity that started the Thursday Night Prayer Group. I told her I did know that. When we finished talking I left. As I walked out the door I missed the step and almost fell. I caught myself and noticed the time was 5:13. When I got in the car the CD counter flashed 13.
I started driving home and just before I got there I remembered I was supposed to pick up a few things for Sr. Genevieve. I turned around and drove to the Jubilee Supermarket and picked up the things she asked for yesterday. When I returned to the car to take them to Sr. Genevieve I looked at my watch and the time was 6:13.
I drove back to the basilica and went to St. Catherine’s and gave the items to Sr. Genevieve. We talked for a little while and I left. As I walked out of her door I felt the peace and glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:13. I got on the elevator and suddenly felt the urge to stop by St. Joseph’s and pray the rosary. It was very strong, I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:13.
I drove to St. Joseph’s and when I got there I just sat in the car and prayed the Glorious mysteries of the rosary. During the rosary I thanked God for the many blessings He has given me and my family that are directly related to the apparitions of Our Lady during the Thursday night prayer group at St. Joseph’s. When I finished the rosary I started the car to leave and the time on the dash was 7:13. I drove home and just as I turned the car off I noticed the counter on the CD was 13.
Jan. 16, 2005