S.C.C. has been in "hometown" for the past few days visiting her mother and my family. Usually S.C.C. gives Gwen L a ride to the monthly public apparition of Our Lady of Emmitsburg. Since S.C.C. was not here I told Gwen that I would make sure she got to the prayer group. I also told Ray Sanders that I would give him a ride too.
C.R.C. was on a fishing trip and I was under the impression that his friend’s father would be driving him home from McSherrystown which is about a 40 minute drive from here. Anyway, and like always nothing goes the way you think it will so because of unforeseen events the day went like this:
I left the house this morning to go to the 8 AM mass at St. Mary’s. The house seemed lonely without S.C.C. and C.R.C. there. I got in the car to leave and just as I started it I noticed the odometer was 3.3 and at that instant the CD flashed 13.
I arrived at St. Mary’s and attended mass. Fr. Mike Messaro was the priest. When mass was over I drove home and did a few little things around the house. Later in the morning I decided that I would like to stop by St. Peter’s for coffee. Since I was not planning on coming back to the house I took Sr. Genevieve’s picture of Our Lady of Emmitsburg off the wall and put it in the car. As I was putting it in the car I felt the peace hit me. I glanced at my watch and the time was 11:33.
I drove to St. Peter’s and had coffee. While I was sitting there talking to Mary Blanchard my cell phone rang. It was C.R.C. saying that he was back from his fishing trip and I needed to pick him up in McSherrystown before 3 PM.
This came as a surprise because I thought he had a ride home. I asked Mary if she would call Gwen L and Ray Sanders and tell them that I would be late picking them up to go to today’s public apparition. Mary said she would call them.
I drove to McSherrystown and ended up missing the exit and drove about 5 miles out of my way. When I arrived and picked up C.R.C. his friend John wanted to come back to our house. I drove C.R.C. and John back to the house and then went and picked up Gwen L. At the instant I pulled in Gwen’s driveway the CD flashed 33. Gwen got in the car and I looked up and again the CD flashed 33.
Gwen and I then rode to St. Joseph’s because that is where I always pick up Ray. We arrived at St. Joseph’s and Ray was there sitting on the curb waiting. I asked Ray if he got the message that I was running an hour late and he said no. I apologized and Ray got in the car. The odometer was 33.3.
We rode to the Lynfield Event Complex and as I walked in I noticed that all of the equipment that I usually help set up was already done. Suddenly I felt the peace run through me. I glanced at my watch and the time was 2:33.
The prayer group began shortly after 3 PM. Mike Sullivan made all of the announcements. He announced that a new documentary video would be posted on the Foundation website starting tomorrow. I think the new video is very good and I had a small part in producing it. The link to view the video is:
There were also two priest present at today’s apparition. Our Lady came during the fourth decade of the rosary at 4:07 PM and the apparition ended at 4:17. The rosary ended and was followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Fr. Kiernan Kavanaugh led the Divine Praises and gave the final blessing. The other priest was from Pittsburg.
When everything was over I helped take down all of the equipment and clean up. Ray caught a ride home with someone else. Gwen waited until I was finished and we left. Just as we pulled out we met a car with the license plate of 13.
Gwen and I rode back to Emmitsburg and I stopped at St. Joseph’s just to say a quick thank You prayer. We arrived and at that very instant we were met with an oncoming car with the license plate of 133. I then noticed the time on the dash was 6:13.
I said a few prayers and left to drive Gwen home which is not far from my house. I pulled in Gwen’s driveway and at the instant the car came to a complete stop the CD flashed 33, I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:33. I then drove home and pulled in my driveway and the odometer was 1.3.R_____ C___
July 7, 2007