The Tale of the Mystery Priest

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last week or so, you probably heard of the mystery priest who appeared at a crash site to pray with the girl who was trapped in the wrecked car. Because no one knew who he was or saw him arrive or leave, a lot of speculation was swirling on the interwebs that the priest was an angel or perhaps a saint who anointed Katie and prayed with her. It turns out he was a flesh-and-blood man who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Fr. Patrick Dowling, originally from Ireland, was driving from one Mass to another when the accident happened; he waited until he could get close to the accident scene and minister to Katie.

Now it might seem like a bit of a letdown that the priest was a living man when there were all sorts of theories about his being an angel or a saint whom God permitted to visit the world, but the story itself is still important. The story of the mystery priest got people thinking and talking about God again, and that is never a bad thing.


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