Special Ash Wednesday Message from Our Lady of Emmitsburg

February 21, 2007

I have no idea how long I will continue to experience these events which first began happening to me at the Thursday Night Prayer Group at St. Joseph’s in Emmitsburg. All I know for sure is that these events never happened to me before I arrived in Emmitsburg back in 1998.

The 13, 33 and 333 pattern was one of the first things that began to happen to me after arriving here but was one of the last things I tried to explain in these papers because it seemed so far fetched. It seemed pointless at first but now I know I would never be able to write these papers if this ever constant event were not happening.

The first paper I ever wrote describing this was back on Ash Wednesday February 13, 2002. Before and since that time I would experience the scent of roses, halos of light around statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and other events including seeing a vision of Jesus in St. Joseph’s on June 7-8, 2002 and Mary on December 8, 2004 and again on May 28, 2006 at my home. All of these events contained the elements of 13, 33 and 333.

Like I said, I have no idea how long this will continue but despite the difficulty of going through something like this I am determined to continue as long as it takes because I know it is Our Lady and Her Son coordinating it. I am confident of this or I would not be able to do it.

I have constantly prayed to God that if what I am experiencing is not from Him that I would like for Him to put a stop to whatever is causing it. I also tell Him that if it is from Him I am willing to continue. It has not stopped, it has only increased. Over the years Ash Wednesday has typically been a strong day for what I experience and today was no exception.

The events I am going to describe today actually began yesterday while I was driving to work. While I was driving I was suddenly struck with a seemingly out of nowhere thought that tomorrow would be a good day to drive to Virginia and drop of the latest pack of papers to Fr. ___. Because this was so sudden I glanced at the clock on the dash and the time was 8:13.

I left the house a little early this morning so I could attend Ash Wednesday mass at "Parish Church" in "hometown". While I was driving I could not help but remember back to Ash Wednesday February 13, 2002. That was the day I took my written testimony regarding Emmitsburg to the Archdioceses of Baltimore.

The sequence of events that took place on that day provided the foundation for me to write the very first paper that describes the 13, 33 and 333 as it relates to my Emmitsburg experience. As I remembered this I noticed the CD flash 33.

In that paper I wrote:

I walked into the lobby of the Archdiocese and told the reception person that I would like to see Cardinal Keeler, he asked if I had an appointment and I said no. He called up to his office on the phone and told someone that I was here and wanted to see the Cardinal. He then handed me the phone and I told the person that I would like to see Cardinal Keeler for just 30 seconds. I was told that he was in a meeting and there was no telling what time he would be out. They wanted to know if there was anyone else who could help me and I said no. The person then asked what this was about and I said I wanted to give the Cardinal my personal letter about the events in Emmitsburg. There was a few seconds of silence at this point. The person then told me to have a seat in the lobby and they would call back. About 5 minutes later they called back and said “Cardinal Keeler will not be able to see you because there is no telling what time his meeting will be over and his schedule is full.” I said in that case I would just like to see a priest. The person said I will see what I can do. A few minutes later a woman named Pat Nadolny came down to see me and said a priest would see me as soon as one was available but because of Ash Wednesday there was a shortage and there might be a little bit of a wait. I said that's no problem, I have all day. Pat then said “I understand you want to discuss the events in Emmitsburg, I will be happy to discuss your concerns with you” Pat then identified herself as a member of the commission studying the events in Emmitsburg. She told me there are 3 priest on the commission along with other members selected by the commission. At this point I felt very comfortable talking with her and I told her what I had to say and she listened intently. She told me she would take my letter and make sure that Cardinal Keeler gets it. She asked if anyone had asked me to do this and I told her that NOBODY knows that I am here. She then asked again and I confirmed again that NOBODY put me up to this. She asked for my permission to make copies to be distributed as needed and I gave it. Pat said she would take care of this and make sure it was in the right hands. I said “Thats good enough for me”. Pat then placed her arms around me and gave me a hug and a kiss and thanked me for bringing the letter. I could tell from our conversation that the investigation was in full steam and that a very complete and precise job was being done. I did not sense anything at all negative from our conversation, not the first thing and I am pretty good at reading peoples attitudes towards Emmitsburg. When I walked out of the building feeling I had done what God wanted me to do with the letter I looked at my watch and the time was 12:13.

As I vividly remembered all of this (and more) I suddenly realized that today was also going to be one of those special days. I continued driving and when I arrived at <home parish> I glanced at my watch and the time was 8:33:13.

I walked in the church and dropped the latest pack of papers on the table. The church was packed and I had to sit upstairs in the balcony. After receiving the ashes from Fr. ___ I returned to my seat. I had a thought run through my mind about going to work with the ash smudge on my forehead and not being ashamed of it despite workplace attitudes of such things. I glanced at my watch as this thought struck and the time was 9:13:13. Mass ended and at the instant I left a car pulled in front of me with the license plate of 13.

I started driving to work in Manassas and after a few minutes I was struck with a strong feeling of peace of having dropped the papers off. This caused me to glance at my watch and it said XX:XX:13. I arrived at work a little later than usual and just as I shut the car off the CD flashed 33.

It was a very busy day at work. Later in the day I went to log into a computer for my job but the password would not work. Since I could not fix it I knew this was a perfect opportunity go pray my daily rosary at All Saints. I arrived and pulled into one of the few available parking slots. The car parked in front of me had the license plate of 13 and I glanced at my watch as I walked in the chapel and the time was 2:33. I felt at complete peace and prayed both the Sorrowful and Luminous mysteries of the rosary. I never looked at my watch until I finished the rosary and the time was 3:13.

I returned to work and tried my password again and it worked. After I completed all of my work for day I left to go back to Emmitsburg. As I pulled out of the parking lot the CD flashed 13. I arrived back in Emmitsburg and as I was nearing St. Joseph’s I was struck with a very strong and sudden desire to pray another rosary for Ash Wednesday. As this thought hit me I glanced down and the odometer was 133.3

I drove the last mile and arrived at St. Joseph’s and the time on the dash was 8:13. I sat out in the car and prayed the Joyful mysteries of the rosary except for the last decade I got out and walked around the church. I finished the rosary and looked at my watch and the time was 8:33.

R_____ C___

March 10, 2007

8:13 Pm