I Have Told Fr. K---- ---s- My Whole Experience Regarding the Apparitions Of Our Lady In Emmitsburg
Fr. K---- ----h has been pastor at <Home Parish> here in <Home Town> for almost 4 years now. He was installed as pastor on July 13, 2016. The people at <Home Parish> have come to appreciate his style of preaching which focuses mainly on scripture and his vast, scholarly understanding of scripture. His understanding and ability to express the Word of God in his homilies is unlike any I have ever seen before. He is a true asset to the priesthood. There is a sternness about him that clearly demonstrates his direct approach to just about everything. There is no beating around the bush so to speak. With that said I must say that I NEVER thought I would be able to tell him about my experiences at St. Joseph’s and Our Lady of Emmitsburg.
In the past there have been numerous times that I felt like I wanted to tell him but those thoughts seemed to fade fast, mostly out of not wanting to “rock the boat”. One thing I know for sure and that is if Our Lady wants me to tell him I will know it and I will do it. She and Jesus will provide the perfect time and setting when I least expect it. I will also know I am on the right track because I will be met with a 13, 33 or 333 or combination of any or all at every junction through completion of the task at hand. Since this Corona virus pandemic struck and the churches are empty I have been thinking more and more that the time has come to be open and tell him about it. A few days ago I was driving and was suddenly struck with a SUDDEN, CRASHING thought that the time had come and I needed to tell him. I remember glancing at my watch as this crashed through my thoughts and the time was 12:13:33. This sort of thing happened more and more during Holy Week and I knew I needed to respond.
Tuesday April 14, 2020
I got up this morning and got ready to go to <Home Parish> for Morning Prayer. I arrived and glanced at my watch as I walked in the church and the time was 8:33. Fr. K---- was late so John P----- led the prayers. Shortly after we began Fr. K---- came in and joined the prayers already in progress. After Morning Prayers Fr. K---- said his private mass and since there were less than 10 people in the church those there were able to stay. Mass ended and a few of the people went over to the parish hall for a short discussion group where Fr. K---- answers questions about the readings. Someone (and it was not me) brought up the topic of private revelation and the writings of some of the mystics. I listened to his answers and I was impressed and the things he said that morning made me think that perhaps I should tell him about my experiences in Emmitsburg. After the discussion I felt like I knew I needed to be open and tell Fr. K----. As Fr. K---- was leaving I stopped him and I told him that sometime in the near future I would like to sit down and talk to him about something. I was shocked when he said “How about right now, we can go over to my office.” This left me STUNNED and I simply said okay followed by a Hail Mary in my heart.
Fr. K---- and I started walking towards his office. As we walked through the parking lot I took a quick glance at my watch because I was scheduled to meet my metal detecting friend at 11 AM and I knew that was not going to happen but I was suddenly filled with confidence when I saw the seconds on my watch was 13. We sat down in his office and the first thing I told Fr. K---- was that on December 8, 2004 I saw Our Lady. I then proceeded to tell him my whole story starting with buying a small, brass crucifix from the Shrine of The Little Flower at a flea market. I told him about how I placed it on C.R.C.’s picture and how 6 years later ending up at the Grotto for the First time ever. At this point we had been talking for about 15 or 20 minutes. Suddenly there was a knock on the door. It was the parish secretary telling Fr. K---- that someone was here to see him. Fr. K---- apologized and excused himself and said he would be back in a minute or two. Fr. K---- walked out of the room and I knew to glance at my watch and the time was 11:13.
I have no words that can describe the feeling of peace and confidence that I received seeing the time of 11:13 at that moment. The feeling of relief I had was only overpowered by the feeling I had of Our Lady’s presence. Words cannot properly describe what I am trying to say. Fr. K---- returned about a minute later and I picked up right where I left off which was the first time ever I pulled into the Grotto Of Lourdes on July 3, 1998. We talked for more than 2 hours and I have to say when we finished talking I was expecting a 13, 33 or 333 at the conclusion but there was none. That left me feeling a little bewildered. At that point I drove home and called my friend Chuck and apologized for not showing up to go metal detecting. I then drove to Orange and met up with him. Later that night I was at home and I SUDDENLY had a thought that I should send Fr. K---- the picture I took at the Grotto and a paper describing Fr. L-- Z--------’s visit to our house in Pennsylvania. I composed the email and sent it. When I sent it my computer crashed and the email did not go out. I had to re-boot my computer and recompose the email. I sent the email after the computer came back up and this time there were no problems. It was then I glanced at my watch and the time was the last few seconds of 8:33.
April 30, 2020