Exquisite timing of “Miracle Priest’s” appearance reveals God’s loving providence


After officials allowed him to approach the accident, Dowling reached his arm well into the car to touch Lentz’s head with oil. “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit,” he said. “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

The prayer was the Anointing of the Sick, an ancient ritual with roots in Judaism that is one of Catholicism’s seven sacraments.

As the priest walked away from the Mercedes, Lentz — a member of an Assemblies of God Pentecostal church — asked him to return and pray aloud with her, which he did. He then moved out of the way so rescue efforts could resume.

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

Editor’s note: From an obscure corner of the planet we witness a kind of genuine Ecumenism, as a Catholic priest lives the Gospel, ministering to a person of faith, in her time of greatest need.

This “grand coincidence” serves as a very timely reminder of God’s inestimable love, tender mercies and unbounded providence.

The Heavens and the Earth rejoice, as we give Him thanks and praise!


  1. As I posted here, my priest friend does, indeed, know Dowling. According to my source, the linked article above is a fitting tribute to a reportedly wonderful man of God.

    Given my cautionary notes about this story, posted here and here, I am glad to see this story resolve itself into something both miraculous and well-documented.

    The fact that this young woman was “touched by a priest” gives much better—and specific—tribute to the Church than if she had been Touched by an Angel.

  2. In previous comments, here and here, I cautioned against credulity for a story that had yet to achieve credibility. In a later post, here, I mentioned a possible personal source for the story.

    I am happy to report that my source has, indeed, corroborated the media accounts, and he afffirms that Dowling is, in fact, a remarkable and holy man who just “did his job.”

    I find it particularly gratifying that the accident victim was—by now, well-documented evidence—“touched by a priest,” and not Touched by an Angel .

    The factual resolution to the story gives far more glory to Holy Mother Church.

    • Thanks to Doug for posting my two, seemingly redundant comments. Apparently, there was some problem stemming from the imbedded html links contained in both, which is why I submitted two nearly identical contributions.

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