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Msgr Brankin Writes:

May I add to all the friends and readers of Vultus Christi just how terrible this accident was? Fr. Kirby's car spun out of control, crossing three lanes of the most heavily travelled expressway in the city, and continuing its slide, cross over an exit ramp (fully 6 lanes). Flying backwards, Father Kirby's car flew backward off the road into a ditch where it landed in a concrete drainage culvert, bounced out, and came to rest about 15 feet away.

When I arrived at the scene, I was astounded that Fr. Kirby was not killed, not even hurt, not so much as a scratch.

You must understand that this was certainly a miracle. There is no way that I could imagine a car tailspinning out of control through six lanes of traffic without hitting or being hit by another car. I do not believe that Father could have flown off the road into the culvert and not broken his legs and hips.

Let me say that Our Lady's hand was very much protecting Fr. Kirby against the snares and dangers laid by the Devil.

Msgr Patrick Brankin

And My Account

Last night, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, at about 9:00, while driving home from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, I had a spectacular automobile accident. It would seem that the surface of the highway was slippery due to a very light mist of rain. I completely lost control of the car. It careened across several lanes of oncoming traffic, went head on toward an exit sign, and then spun around to fly off an embankment into a ditch.

I was saying the rosary at the time of the accident. In my pocket was an image of the Servant of God Father Lukas Etlin, that Father Abbot Marcel Rooney had just given me. (Father Lukas, a monk of Conception Abbey, born in Switzerland in 1864, died on December 16, 1927 in Stanberry, Missouri, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.)

Immediately, upon "landing," I looked to make sure that I still had my beads! Then, calmly, I called Msgr. Brankin and informed him of what had happened. I turned off the motor of the car and walked to the top of the embankment. Msgr. Brankin and Bishop Slattery were there within a few minutes. Someone driving by apparently called the Tulsa police. A very kind officer arrived on the scene. He could not have been more professional or more solicitous. The car is a total wreck, but I emerged from the accident without so much as a bump or a scratch.

I am certain that I was protected by the the Most Holy Virgin Mother of God, conceived without sin, and by the intercession of Father Lukas Etlin, and I offer heartfelt and humble thanks.

25 Comments

God bless you, Father! With your blog and your mission of prayer, it's obvious that our Lord has much more for you to do on behalf of His priests and His people. So glad you're not injured!

As a daily reader of Vultus Christi I too am offering a prayer of Thanksgiving for this miracle!!

I am very thankful you are unscathed from the accident. I am not at all surprised to hear that you were unhurt, and am pleased to know you practice what you preach! Praying the rosary in the car provides a new means of safety, as you personally experienced. God bless you.

As am I, Father! Your blog is a daily inspiration and an immense help to my prayer. God bless you (as He most evidently did last night!).

Thanks be to God!

My God, Father; a narrow escape!

Deo Gratias, Father. Am going to sing a Te Deum this very minute.
J

WOW...thanks be to God and Our Lady for your safety.

Father Mark, joyful tears came to my eyes as I read about your encounter with the BA Expressway. I join you and others in prayers of thanksgiving to God and His Mother for this miracle.

We join our thankfulness to yours and add our own humble prayers of thanksgiving.

Cool!

God is good.

This is absolutely miraculous - I join you in thanking Our Lady. You are well protected even with the good bishop and monsignor to come so quickly to your aid. I have a feeling someone prowling the world does not like your mission. Many prayers - united in prayer.

Deo Gratias!

Thanks be to God you are well and uninjured! I am glad that Father Etlin made his presence known so efficaciously!! He is one of the "un-sung saints" of the US and merits being "re-discovered" as an example and intercessor for priests. You'd better keep his photo next to St. Christopher on the dashboard of your next car!

What a miraculous story! Our Blessed Mother was with you. There are no coincidences with God for those who have Faith. I thank the good Lord for protecting you from harm.

May I add to all the friends and readers of Vultus Christi just how terrible this accident was? Fr. Kirby's car spun out of control, crossing three lanes of the most heavily travelled expressway in the city, and continuing its slide, cross over an exit ramp (fully 6 lanes). Flying backwards, Father Kirby's car flew backward off the road into a ditch where it landed in a concrete drainage culvert, bounced out, and came to rest about 15 feet away.

When I arrived at the scene, I was astounded that Fr. Kirby was not killed, not even hurt, not so much as a scratch.

You must understand that this was certainly a miracle. There is no way that I could imagine a car tailspinning out of control through six lanes of traffic without hitting or being hit by another car. I do not believe that Father could have flown off the road into the culvert and not broken his legs and hips.

Let me say that Our Lady's hand was very much protecting Fr. Kirby against the snares and dangers laid by the Devil.

Msgr Patrick Brankin

Deo gratias! Most certainly a miracle.

And where can one get photos of Father Lucas Etlin (for the dashboards of their newly teened drivers)?

This sure is a splendid Christmas/Feast of the Immaculate Conception story. You have a most beautiful faith. Thank you for Vultus Christi.

Thank God you made it out of the accident without a scratch! Please be assured of my prayers for you!

Philip Johnson

cuanta alegria ,cuanto amor,cuanta paz logra vivir un hijo preferido de la madre aun en el peligro.
madre se proteccion,luz y guia....
madre de consolacion y ternura
asi es la mas hermosa de las madres.
NUESTRA MADRE DEL CIELO..
asi es su amor de maravilloso..
que bueno es saber que ella cuida personalmente de usted padre mark...
que grande es Dios!!
las promesas de la madre son toda una realidad..

hoy, tambien levanto mi alma en agradecimiento por Msgr. Brankin and Bishop Slattery..

y en especial a Dios padre por habernos concedido la gracia de tener grandes santos que oran por nosotros interceden por nosotros
y nos acompanan,nos cuidan en todo momento y en todo lugar..
hoy especialmente a Father Lucas Etlin.
mil gracias tambien a su angel de la guarda..
y mil bendiciones mas para usted padre Mark..

mantengase dando la gloria al padre al hijo y al espiritu santo en todo lo que usted hace...
mary

Fr. Mark, we'd like to add our thanksgiving to God for keeping his hand upon you! We have requested a Mass to be said, and we'll continue sending our thanks to God, and to Fr. Etlin too!
Brenda & Tom M.

THANKS BE TO GOD!!!

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be offered in honor of Our Lady of Miracles and for the glorification of Fr. Lukas on Friday, the feast of OL Guadalupe at Noon.

DEO GRATIAS!!!

Dear Father,
Thanks and praise be to God and thanks to Our Blessed Mother. May you always be blessed and protected from every evil. May your holy guardian angel be blessed as well.

I also read your postings most days. Thank you.

What a Memorable story! We'll know the whole story, the part that we can't see now, when we get to Paradise I suppose. Such as why the devil was angry, etc.

Deo gratias. I have no doubt that God is watching over you in a special way. The work you do on this blog and beyond is very precious.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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