My initial feeling was that I did not want to do this. I think the main reason was a fear that certain people I work with at Swift would see it. There are just some people I can not comfortably discuss this with. Despite my selfish reasons for not wanting to do the interview I knew Our Lady was behind this. In the February 4th paper I wrote:
I walked in and was taken by complete surprise when Peter Blanchard came up to me and said Channel 7 News wanted to talk to me. My first thought was that I did not want to do this. My second thought was Our Lady wanted me to do this. I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:13.Greta Kreuz told us the story would run on Thursday February 8th during the 5 pm edition of the news. After doing the interview I was very glad I did because I felt like it went pretty well.
This morning I left to go to work. I stopped first at the Basilica for the 7 am daily mass. Just as I arrived and parked I noticed the car that was parked in front of me had the license plate of 33. Fr. Steve was the priest and mass ended at 7:33. I left and as I pulled out the CD flashed 13.
While I was driving to work I suddenly had a strong thought about tonight’s ABC 7 News. As this thought crashed through my mind I again experienced the fears I mentioned above. I suddenly felt the peace and at that instant an oncoming car passed with the license plate of 33. I continued driving to work and arrived at 9:13.
Later in the day I took my lunch break and rode across the street to All Saint’s to pray the rosary. I glanced at my watch as I started the Luminous mysteries of the rosary and the time was 12:13. I again glanced at my watch when I finished and the time was now 12:33.
I went back to work and was busy the rest of the day. When I got off I started driving home and was still in Manassas when my sister Barbara called saying she saw the news. I had not told anyone about it. Barbara said George H called and told my mother and my mother called and told her. I continued driving and when I arrived at St. Joseph’s in Emmitsburg I stopped to say a quick prayer. Just as the car came to a complete stop the CD flashed 333.
After saying a few prayers I drove home. I had not seen the news report but I knew it would also be on the Channel 7 website and I could view it there. When I got home I went to my computer to see it and just as I sat down S.C.C. called me in for dinner. After dinner I went back to the computer and clicked on the story and at the instant it started to play and I saw it for the first time I suddenly felt the peace. I glanced at my watch and the time was 8:33:13
March 6, 2007