If more news stories ended up like this one, the world would definitely be a better place.
After a recent car crash in eastern Missouri, 19-year-old Katie Lentz was fighting for her life within the wreckage. Melanie Eversley of USA TODAY reported that emergency workers and community members of four local towns were right there alongside her. The "street was blocked off 2 miles from the scene," and everyone there pretty much knew one another.
Helpers were doing whatever they could to extricate Lentz from the badly-mangled Mercedes that she had been driving, but to no avail. Although she was conscious and remarkably calm, her vital signs were failing. It was then that she "asked if someone would pray with her." A voice answered, "I will."
A priest whom nobody in that local group recognized suddenly seemed to appear "from nowhere." He was later described by those on the scene as "silver-haired… in his 50s or 60s… medium build, maybe 6-feet-tall," wearing typical priestly garb. He not only "approached Katie and began to pray openly with her," but also "had a bottle of anointing oil with him and he used that."
Eversley explained that everything then began changing quickly. Another rescue team arrived with "fresh equipment and tools." "Twenty emergency workers pulled together and sat the car upright." Lentz' vital signs began improving, and she was able to be removed from the car safely.
People still haven't been able to identify that "mystery priest" (who left immediately and didn't appear in any of the photos). Were there angels at the scene? Perhaps many…
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