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BBQ & Rising from the Dead


Me with my baking instructor at Baking Arts in San Francisco.

(Me with my baking instructor at Baking Arts in San Francisco.)

In this e-mail blast, I had to share this story that was sent to me from a subscriber.  It’s about how a priest, Fr. Higgins, witnessed someone coming back to life!

Lourdes, France. Stations of the Cross – the stone that covered Jesus' tomb is rolled back. His tomb is empty! Alleluia.

(Lourdes, France.  Stations of the Cross – the stone that covered Jesus’ tomb is rolled back.  His tomb is empty!  Alleluia.)

The following is the exact text Fr. Higgins posted on his website.

From the Food Network show – grilling up some fajita flank steaks.)

(From the Food Network show –  grilling up some fajita flank steaks.)

“Who doesn’t enjoy a good BBQ with friends?  When I was asked to a young couple’s home for a Young Adult Ministry Home Mass and BBQ, I packed my Mass kit and off I went.  I arrived about 6:00 pm with a hearty appetite and was greeted by about 15 young people. Then the phone rang, and everything changed.  I had to drive about 10 miles to a hospital where there was an emergency call.

Jesus is laid in the tomb, Stations of the Cross, Lourdes, France.

(Jesus is laid in the tomb, Stations of the Cross, Lourdes, France. )

I drove quickly, thinking that the nurse in charge of the ER, Anne, would be waiting for me.  I knew her and her husband and children from the parish.  When I walked in I could see paramedics at the foot of the only occupied gurney there, so I hurried and walked in.  “Sorry, Fr. John, you’re too late. He’s gone,”  Anne said, smiling.  She had a lot of compassion, but also understood that I’d come as fast as I could.  They were removing wires from an older man.  I noticed that he was wearing a Brown Scapular, one of the old cloth ones.  I reached and said “He’s wearing an old fashioned Scapular”.

When I touched it there was a beep from a monitor, then another.  The nurse, Anne, said, “What did you do?” I said, “Nothing!”  She and another nurse jumped to work, reconnecting wires and calling for help.  The Paramedics stood with their jaws dropped.  The patient opened his eyes and said (in an Irish accent)  “Oh, good, Father.  I’ve been waiting for you. I want to go to Confession.”  I nearly fell over.  I’d done nothing but seen and touched his Scapular.

Healing of the sick and raising of the dead statue. Lourdes, France.

(Healing of the sick and raising of the dead statue.  Lourdes, France.)

The next thing I knew, they were working on him.  He didn’t get to go to Confession, but I gave him an emergency absolution as they worked.  One of the Paramedics asked if I was OK and sat me in a chair.

A couple of weeks later, the man came to me for Confession and told me that the doctor couldn’t figure out what happened and had to tear up the Death Certificate he’d already started to fill out.  The Paramedics had come to see him in the hospital and shown him their notes.  At the bottom of the page, they’d written the time and place of his death and then in big bold letters had added “BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY GOD.”

Miracles still happen.  And no, I didn’t do it.  It just happened according to God’s will. Why does He intervene in some cases and not in others?  I really don’t know.  I haven’t figured that out yet.  But I do know that God has worked miracles in my life, the most important for me not being what He did for someone else, but what He has done over and over to bring me back from sin and death, through the Sacraments, into His Covenant Relationship.

Copy of the pieta, Our Lady of the Universe Church, Orlando, Florida.

( Copy of the pieta, Our Lady of the Universe Church, Orlando, Florida.)

That man still had to die a natural death to be raised from the dead into eternal life.  The Resurrection Jesus offers all of us is eternal too.  And that’s what we look forward to at Easter. Do you think this is a true story?  Is this even possible?

I am not here to give a solemn “yes” or “no,” but who am I to doubt the experience of a brother priest?  I can say that I’ve experienced similar unbelievable stories!  And our Easter Season is all about people dying and coming back to life.  Our Catholic Faith teaches us about how our entire lives are really directed to one important finale – making sure we end this life on a good note!

Seminarians praying at the tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

(Seminarians praying at the tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland.)

One of the most impressive things about this blog post is that the priest starts off by talking about BBQ and ends up talking about Eternal Life in Christ.  Maybe Fr. Higgins will never eat BBQ the same!

That's a lot of fajita flank steaks! Could I ever get sick of cooking these, or eating these? Probably, but not anytime soon.

(That’s a lot of fajita flank steaks!  Could I ever get sick of cooking these, or eating these?  Probably, but not anytime soon.)

Let us pray.  Father, we ask You to keep in our hearts and minds the mysteries of the Resurrection.  In times of struggle and temptation, keep our eyes fixed on the eternal life You promise to those who follow You.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Oven toasted ciabatta bread seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, a light dusting of parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

(Jesus’ Resurrection.)

Have you heard of fantastic stories like this?  Do you know someone who has received a second chance at life?  If you experienced something like Fr. Higgins experienced, how would you change your life?  Your comments, questions, or concerns encourage us in our important apostolic mission.  Please post your comments below.

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