Was Katie Lentz’s Mystery Priest a Beloved Catholic Saint Who Died 45 Years Ago ?

A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! The mystery priest who blessed and prayed with Katie Lentz has stepped forward.

This is a follow on to my earlier post concerning Katie Lentz, a 19-year old Missouri girl who barely survived a horrific car crash last Sunday morning. The media has been reporting that a mysterious priest approached the scene and asked to bless and pray with Katie during which time another crew with badly needed equipment arrived and she was freed. The priest’s identity is a mystery, and nobody knows where he came from or where he disappeared to. Some people are calling him an angel because of the calm he brought to everyone and how sure he sounded that Katie she would be saved. Katie did indeed survive, but she is now in serious condition in a nearby hospital with a large number of broken bones, a lacerated liver, and a ruptured spleen. Her legs are reported to be severely injured, and she underwent a 6-1/2 hour surgery to repair them. Doctors are telling her mother she should make a full recovery, but it will take time and she is still in need of everyone’s prayers.

Katie Lentz was the crash victim

Katie Lentz was the crash victim

Below is an interview with the policeman who responded to the call and was the first responder on the scene. He calls the accident that severely injured Katie the most horrific he has ever seen in 27-years of police work in which a person survived. He also spoke and shook hands with the priest who he described as about 60-years old with an olive complexion, and speaking in a heavy accent.

Some people are saying the unknown priest resembles the late American actor Walter Matthau, but others also see a resemblance to the late Italian priest Padre Pio who died 45-years ago, and has since been declared a saint in the Roman Catholic church. The most interesting things about him are differing descriptions from multiple witnesses who saw the same priest, and his absence from the dozens of accident scene photos taken that morning.

Padre Pio

Might Padre Pio have been her “priest”?

Source: TheBlaze.com

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8 thoughts on “Was Katie Lentz’s Mystery Priest a Beloved Catholic Saint Who Died 45 Years Ago ?

  1. When I first read this story I was deeply moved by how everyone worked hard to save this young woman – a reminder to us all of how precious each human life is.I believe Father Dowling is a kind and compassionate man for stopping to pray for Katie. But I believe that it is only God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, who has the power to give life or to take life away. So while we thank those who cared for Katie, the highest praise and thanks belong to God alone. Those who are among the most pious, whether they are still living or not, are helpless themselves before God Almighty who has power over all things. To learn more about this merciful God please visit the following websites: http://www.islamreligion.com and http://www.knowingallah.com. May God bless Katie with a quick recovery and may He bless all those who helped her and may He guide us all to the Truth.

    • Thank you for your kind and thoughtful reply. Most of us will agree with you that God was present at the scene, all thanks belong to Him for the rescue and survival of Katie Lentz. We may differ when discussing the meaning of death. When Christians talk about life we generally mean eternal life for there is no death for those who believe in Him. I believe that the accident which injured Katie Lentz was part of God’s plan for Katie as well as countless other individuals in order to lead them to the Truth. May His blessings be upon everyone, and Glory Be to God For All Things.

  2. It is I who should thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share my thoughts and for kindly and promptly posting my comments. You had said that we may perhaps differ on the concept of death and that in Christianity those who believe in God live forever. Muslims share a similar belief: We believe that God created man to worship Him alone, that this life is only a test and that the real and eternal life is the afterlife (after death and resurrection on the Day of Judgment) in which people will be either in a life of everlasting bliss in Paradise or in everlasting torment in Hell-fire according to their beliefs and deeds in this world. We believe however that those who had even a grain of belief in the One true God and did not associate partners with Him in worship would eventually be taken out of the Fire and would enter the Garden but those who did not believe in One God or worshiped others in addition to or besides God and then died in that state would not be forgiven and would abide in the fire forever. Muslims believe that there is even a life in the grave(a kind of waiting period until the Day of Judgment) the exact reality of which is known only by God and by those who have experienced it. The souls of the righteous are at ease and shown their place in Paradise while the wicked are punished and shown their place in Hellfire. Muslims thus believe that the soul lives on after death, but we believe that once a person has died, be he a prophet or a pious believer, he or she cannot intercede with God for any person from the grave, and we are not permitted to pray to any such dead person for help. Instead, we are asked to call upon God alone and directly as He is All-Hearing and All-Seeing. Please forgive me for the very long comments, but I would not like to lose this opportunity for us to better understand each others’ beliefs, especially in these dark and trying times when there is so much misinformation in the media and so much misunderstanding and senseless violence between cultures and faiths.

  3. The Arabic Qur’an (which is very often wrongly maligned in the media and misunderstood by those who have never read it firsthand sincerely and objectively) is the direct word of God as revealed through the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is the last and final prophet in a long line of prophets that came before him including Prophets Abraham, Noah, David, Moses, Jesus and many others (peace be upon them all). Since the dawn of mankind, God sent Prophets and Messengers to deliver to mankind just one essential message: The true God is only One; Worship Him Alone and keep His commandments. But over time the original teachings were either distorted or removed, which is why God revealed His final and complete message to mankind in the Qur’an, the preservation of which God has taken upon Himself and which is why the Arabic Qur’an that we have today is exactly the same as that which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) over fourteen centuries ago. Moreover, it is preserved in its entirety in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who have committed the whole Qur’an to memory. The name of God in the Qur’an is “Allah” and “Allah” is also the name of God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus (peace be upon him). Allah is thus the same God that Jesus and his mother (peace be upon them both) and generations before them worshiped and the same God that Muslims worship today. Although Muslims, Christians, and Jews may each have different concepts of Almighty God it would be wrong to think that each of these three religions worships a different God. The name “Allah” simply means “the One true God” who created the universe and all humanity.

  4. Many Christians might not know that Muslims love and believe in Jesus (peace be upon him), as they do in all other prophets of God. In the Qur’an God describes Jesus as a sign and a mercy from God (19:21). In several verses of the Quran both Jesus and his mother are honored: “[And mention] when the angels said, ‘O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him; his name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah]. He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.’ She said, ‘My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?’ [The angel] said, ‘Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.’”(3:45-47)

    Most Christians might also not know that many of those who embrace Islam as their faith and way of life are themselves devoted Christians including many former Christian priests (Please see: http://www.islamreligion.com/category/66/) who in their search for a way to come closer to God realize that Islam (which simply means complete submission to the will of God) is the means of attaining that closeness to the Creator of the Universe. When Muslims were being persecuted in Makkah during the early days of Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) advised some of them to emigrate to Abyssinia which was then under the rule of a just Christian King known by the name “Najashi” or “the Negus”. In 614 C.E. he welcomed the eighty or so Muslim emigrants from Arabia and offered them safe refuge. The king later embraced Islam and became a Muslim:

    “This apparent alliance with a foreign power further infuriated the Meccans, and they sent envoys to the Negus demanding the Muslims’ extradition. A great debate was held at Court and the Muslims won the day, first by demonstrating that they worshiped the same God as the Christians, and then by reciting one of the Quranic passages concerning the Virgin Mary, whereupon the Negus wept and said: ‘Truly this has come from the same source as that which Jesus brought.’” (Please see: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/172/)

  5. There are hundreds of pieces of evidence in the Qur’an and the Bible that confirm that the true God is only One, and that none has the right to be worshiped besides God – the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them:
    (The Old Testament):
    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
    “You may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after Me. I, I am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)
    “I am the first and I am the last; besides Me there is no god. Who is like Me?” (Isaiah 44:6)
    (The New Testament):
    “Now this is life eternal, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
    “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord.” (Mark 12:29)
    (The Qur’an):
    Say: “He is Allah (God), the One; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.” (112:1-4)
    “There is no god but I; so worship Me.” (21:25)
    “Can there be another god besides Allah (God)? High is Allah above what they associate with Him.” (27:63)

  6. I will end with this beautiful passage from the nineteenth chapter in the Qur’an, “Maryam” (Mary), that tells of Jesus’ miraculous speech as a child after Mary carried him to her people (peace be upon him and his mother):

    “So she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?’

    “[Jesus] said, ‘Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

    “‘And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah (obligatory charity) as long as I remain alive.

    “‘And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.

    “‘And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.’

    “That is Jesus, the son of Mary – the word of truth about which they are in dispute.

    “It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.

    “[Jesus said], ‘And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.’”


    • I thank you again for your kind and considerate reply and sharing some passages from the Quran. Unlike many Christians, I am aware that both Jesus and his mother Mary are mentioned in the Quran, and both are held in high esteem by Muslims who otherwise reject the divinity of Jesus. I recently posted on the subject of pilgrimages by Muslims to Marian shrines in Muslim countries. If you are interested in finding the link to that short article, the post can be found here: http://wp.me/p2nl0s-j4

      The Quran itself is an interesting book, and there is any number of admirable qualities to be found in individual Muslims including standards of personal discipline, taking time to recite daily prayer rules, giving alms to the poor, etc. While all those things are noteworthy and even praiseworthy, they are superficialities even though they are characteristics shared by both Christians and Muslims. Yes, our faiths may share some ideas, including monotheism. Despite this, Islam and Christianity have very different views of God, worship, and mission. Therefore, it is a matter of considerable theological debate to claim that Muslims worship the same God as the Christians and the Jews. Muslims and Christians agree that there is one God who is the Creator of everything in the universe. Muslims and Christians disagree on most everything else including the concept of the Trinity, the origin of Sin, the source of the Holy Scriptures, how we survive death, the existence of Saints and their ability to intercede on our behalf, and of course, other very significant things.

      Many years ago I attended a funeral at a Syriac Orthodox Christian Church near the city of Washington in the USA. The man who had passed away was the grandfather of a family friend. He was a grand old man who lived until the ripe age of 101, and had been born in what is now Iraq when the land was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The service was sung almost entirely in Aramaic with occasional use of Arabic. I thought the service was quite beautiful although I do not speak either language. In any case I greeted the priest afterward, and asked the father to explain why he was singing praises to Allah. He smiled and laughed in a friendly manner, and then assured me that his people had been singing praises to Allah for 700 years before anyone had ever heard of Islam. The origins of Islam and attributes that it shares with Christianity is why a number of Christian theologians have in the past described Islam as a Christian heresy, or even dismissed it as a schismatic Christian sect. (I ask your forgiveness in advance. I don’t write these words to offend you. I am only stating what some of the historical criticisms of Islam from earlier centuries have to say about it.)

      My point concerning superficialities became clear to me when I visited the Arab part of East Jerusalem. I was a member of a pilgrimage that was visiting monasteries and holy places throughout Israel and Palestine. We were being led down a street by an Orthodox Christian nun when we passed a woman who was similarly dressed in black from head to toe. She was standing with her back to me, and I noted that she was dressed in a manner identical to our Christian sister so I mistook her for another Orthodox nun. She may have seen our sister walk by and perhaps sensed a kindred soul, because I saw her turn around and with her gaze she followed our sister. When this woman turned I only saw black where her face should be, but with a narrow opening revealing her eyes. I then realized that she was a Muslim, perhaps a visitor from somewhere further east since I found Burkas to be quite uncommon in Jerusalem. I marveled at how these two women were dressed in almost identical attire, but for completely different reasons. While I’m sure they might agree on many things, and both were likely women of great faith and piety, there was a huge gulf separating them in faith and mind. So when people risk comparing Islam and Christianity I always recount that incident.

      For all our differences, I can certainly agree that it is mutually beneficial to gain a greater understanding of each other. You mention Christian apostates. In my own church parish we have several former Muslims who have converted to Christianity. One is a woman from Iran who is married to an American man. We also have a woman and her two daughters who are the family of a highly placed government minister in a former soviet republic which is now a majority Muslim country. I won’t name them for their safety. For political reasons, the entire family was forced to emigrate to the USA, but before leaving the women secretly converted to Christianity at great personal risk. They cannot return to their homeland because of danger from both their government as well as their own relatives. I admire their faith, and find them inspirational. Our parish also sponsors a weekly Bible study group that is hosted by an Orthodox Christian bishop. In that group we have two Muslim enquirers who are interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity.

      So let us pray for mutual understanding and tolerance particularly in light of the awful things that have been happening to Christians in Eqypt this month. Peace be unto you, and Glory to God for All Things.


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