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‘Jesus Send Your Angels’ Pastor Recalls How God Saved Him And Other Passengers From Southwest Flight Failed Engine 

‘Jesus Send Your Angels’ Pastor Recalls How God Saved Him And Other Passengers From Southwest Flight Failed Engine 

Rev. Timothy Bourman, recalls how God saved him, his wife, together with other passengers From a near Plane Crash. 

On Tuesday, as his Southwest flight dropped in midair and an oxygen mask dangled in front of his face, he grabbed his wife’s hand and prayed.

“I just said‘Jesus … send your Angels,’ ” Bourman told “AC 360” Wednesday, recounting the terror after the flight’s engine failed midair and its debris blew out a window.

Bourman, who sat in the second-to-last row with his wife, Amanda, was among the 144 passengers on the Dallas, Texas-bound Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Bourman said he thought he was going to die, but he worried more about his three young daughters than himself.

‘I knew … that my God was going to take care of me one way or another,” he said.

The terrifying episode unfolded about 20 minutes after the flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Bourman said he had just finished playing a game of Sudoku when, “the plane just dropped.”

“It seemed like it dropped like 100 feet,” he said.

Passengers had to pull one passenger sitting in row 14 — later identified as Jennifer Riordan — back into the plane when she was being sucked out the broken window. Bourman recalled air shooting out of the cabin.

He said a passenger “with this big brim hat” threw himself at the broken window.

“He was pulling somebody in and making sure nobody else was going to get pulled out and hurt,” Bourman said. “He was a real hero.”

Riordan, 43, was a well-known leader and altruist from New Mexico. She died at a hospital from blunt trauma of the head, neck and torso, a spokesman with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said.

During the flight, Bourman said he knew he needed to get a message to his daughters.

He said he thought: “They’re going to get this from their dad from the grave, something that they could always have to know that we loved them.”

His message said: “Never lose your faith in God. Jesus loves you girls,” he said.

He doesn’t know how long it took before the plane landed.

In the moment of relief, on the tarmac, passengers rejoiced in the cabin.

“We became best friends with everybody on the plane and we started high fiving everyone when we had finally landed,” Bourman said.

The passenger next to him remarked how calm Bourman seemed, the pastor recalled; he never put on his oxygen mask.

Bourman said he was indeed scared.

“But I also knew that whatever God’s plan for me was, I was going to be blessed either way,” he said.



“Worthy Of Believe” – Apparitions Officially Approved By The Holy See

“Worthy Of Believe” – Apparitions Officially Approved By The Holy See

A Roman Catholic approved Marian apparition is one that has been examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith either based on certain criteria (which will be listed in our next article) and has been granted approval either through the local Bishop based on the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or received a direct approval from the Holy See.

Although a local bishop may provide a preliminary assessment (and allow the devotion to proceed forward), formal approval can only be provided after detailed analysis by the Holy See. For instance, although the apparitions at Our Lady of Laus were recognized by the local diocese in 1665, they received approval from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith centuries later, in 2008.

While Catholics are not required to believe any private revelation, even approved ones, apparitions and messages may be approved by the Church for local or universal devotion. This approval is done for the benefit of the faithful, declaring “worthy of belief” those private revelations that can be helpful to Christians striving towards the ultimate goal of Heaven.

The Church is always careful to subject private revelations to a process of study before making any judgment as to the appropriateness of devotion, as it does not want to lead anyone astray from the faith.

Apparitions favored by the Holy See usually:

  • Images enshrined have received a Canonical coronation from a Pope.
  • Become the site of major Roman Catholic Marian churches, or elevated its status as Minor Basilica.

Some apparitions such as in Assiut, Egypt have been approved by the Coptic Church and can be called approved but not Roman Catholic approved.

Here is a list of private revelations over the past two centuries that have been found authentic and are approved by the Holy See for personal belief.

Apparitions Approved by the Roman Catholic Church.

Our Lady of Laus (1664–1718)Edit

The apparitions of Our Lady of Laus between 1664 and 1718 in Saint-Étienne-le-Laus, France, to Benoîte Rencurel, a young shepherdess are the first Marian apparitions approved in the 21st century by the Roman Catholic Church. The apparitions were recognized by the diocese of the Roman Catholic Church on September 18, 1665. They were approved by the Vatican on May 5, 2008. Currently, the site where the apparitions took place receives more than 120,000 pilgrims a year.


Our Lady of Guadalupe (1531)Ed

The 1531 apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe was reported by Saint Juan Diego. He saw an early morning vision of the Virgin Mary in which he was instructed to build an abbey on the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico. The local prelate did not believe his account and asked for a miraculous sign, which was later provided as an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe permanently imprinted on the saint’s cloak where he had gathered roses. Over the years, Our Lady of Guadalupe became a symbol of the Catholic faith in Mexico and the Mexican diaspora.

Our Lady of La Salette (1846)Edit

The apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette were reported in La Salette in France in 1846 by two shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, followed by numerous accounts of miraculous healings. The Roman Catholic Church investigated the claims and found them credible.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (1830)

The vision of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830 in the convent of Rue du Bac, Paris. She reported that one night in the chapel, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and asked that a medallion be made to a design that she dictated. The lady added that, “All who wear this medal will receive great graces. After spending two years examining her claims, her priest eventually took the information to his archbishop. The medal eventually produced came to be referred to as the Miraculous Medal. The front of the medal displays a picture of the virgin as she appeared to Catherine Labouré. The design on the reverse includes the letter M and a cross. Pope John Paul II used a slight variation of the reverse image as his coat of arms, the Marian Cross. This is a plain cross with an M underneath the right-hand bar, to signify the Blessed Virgin standing at the foot of the Cross while Jesus was being crucified.

Our Lady of Lourdes (1858)Ed

In 1858 Saint Bernadette Soubirous was a 14-year-old shepherd girl who lived near the town of Lourdes in France. Bernadette Soubirous was out gathering firewood in the countryside. She reported a vision of a Miraculous Lady who identified Herself as “the Immaculate Conception” in subsequent visions.

The Lady made a sign for me to approach; but I was seized with fear, and I did not dare, thinking that I was faced with an illusion. I rubbed my eyes, but in vain. I looked again, and I could still see the same Lady. Then I put my hand into my pocket, and took my rosary. I wanted to make the sign of the cross, but in vain; I could not raise my hand to my forehead, it kept on dropping”  “The Lady took the rosary that she held in her hands and she made the sign of the cross”.


Kibeho, Rwanda

On November 28, 1981, six young girls and one boy claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus. The apparitions continued to members of the group until 1989. In 2001 the visions of three of the visionaries were confirmed as authentic. Our Lady’s message was that of repentance and an exhortation to pray the Rosary and Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows. Many believe one of the visions foretold the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.

Banneux, Belgium

On January 15, 1933, it was claimed that Our Lady appeared to an 11-year-old girl named Mariette Beco. Our Lady declared to the girl, “I am the Virgin of the Poor.” She then pointed to a spring and said, “This spring is reserved for all the nations, to bring comfort to the sick.” By 1952 the apparitions were recognized by the Holy See as authentic. Many cures and conversions have occurred at these springs.

Fatima, Portugal

On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, witnessed a beautiful lady who asked them to come there on the 13th of the month for the next six months. They received many messages and visions from Our Lady and on October 13 a “miracle of the sun” was witnessed by a large crowd of people. The apparitions were approved in 1930 and then recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1940.

Knock, Ireland

On August 21, 1879, 15 people witnessed a silent apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist. There was no verbal message from Our Lady of Knock, who appeared in a state of prayer. The apparition was approved by the local bishop and then recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1954.

    Alfie Evans’ Father Flies To Rome, Pleads With Pope Francis To Help Save His Son

    Alfie Evans’ Father Flies To Rome, Pleads With Pope Francis To Help Save His Son

    Alfie Evans’ Father Flies to Rome, Pleads With Pope Francis to Help Save His Son

    Tom Evans, Father of two-year old toddler at the center of battles between his parents and UK authorities to keep him alive appeals to the Holy Father for Alfie to receive care at the Vatican-run Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.

    The father of toddler Alfie, who UK authorities have ruled must have his life support switched off against his parent’s wishes, met with Pope Francis Wednesday morning to plead that his son be given asylum to receive alternative medical care.

    At the private audience early Wednesday morning in the Pope’s Santa Marta residence, Evans read out a statement in which he stressed that little Alfie is “sick but not dying” and pleaded with the Holy Father that he be brought to Italy to receive treatment at the Vatican-run Bambino Gesù hospital.

    Evans and Alfie’s mother, Kate James, are battling with the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool and English courts to continue to keep him on life support.

    Hospital doctors say there is nothing they can do for the toddler who they say has an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease, but his parents have been fighting to keep him on a ventilator.

    A later appeal to the European Court of Human Rights failed, and the parent’s appeal earlier this week to have Alfie taken to Italy for treatment was also dismissed by the UK’s Court of Appeal.

    “We do not understand why our child amongst many more are being treated like this,” Evans said. “We believe it is because he is disabled and the U.K. want to legalize euthanasia. Please help us save our innocent child and give us the grace of asylum to keep our family safe and to stop all of this,” he added.

    In a video press statement not shown by the Liverpool Echo newspaper which Alfie’s supporters say has had a “monopoly on the story” but has been “obscuring the facts of the case,” Evans listed the kind of care his son, and he and Kate, have been receiving from Alder Hey hospital.

    “How can this Trust get away with this?,” he asked. “They should forfeit any ability to dictate Alfie’s best interests and let people and doctors who care look after our son, not terminate his life because of their failure to diagnose him and treat him effectively! Alfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever and will keep fighting all the way,” Evans said.  “We will never give up on Alfie!”

    The Italian Catholic newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana reports that the meeting was made possible by Italian Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, who accompanied Evans to the audience. 

    The Pope instructed Bishop Cavina to maintain contact between the family and Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to find ways to ensure respect for the dignity of the child.

    At his weekly general audience this morning, the Pope drew attention to little Alfie and Vincent Lambert, a 42 year old disabled Frenchman who is also facing state imposed execution against the will of his parents.

    “I would repeat and strongly confirm that the only master of life from beginning to natural end is God! Our duty is to do everything to protect life. Let us think in silence and pray that the lives of all people and especially of these two brothers are respected. Let us pray in silence.”

    On Sunday, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for Vincent and Alfie who he said are facing a “delicate, very painful and complex situations.” 

    “We pray that every patient is always respected in his dignity and treated in a way that is appropriate to his condition, and with the agreement of family members, doctors and other health professionals, with great respect for life,” he said.

    On Tuesday, Father Gabriele Brusco, an Italian priest serving in the archdiocese of Westminster, traveled to Liverpool to give little Alfie the Anointing of the Sick. 

    But today’s private audience comes amid silence from Evans’ bishop, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, and the bishops’ conference of England and Wales.  

    Here below are Tom Evans’ statements in full:

    Tom Evans’ Message Delivered to the Holy Father

    I cannot thank you enough for allowing me the opportunity to be here in front of Your Holiness today.

    Our child is sick but not dying and does not deserve to die. He is not terminally ill nor diagnosed. 

    We have been trying our best to find out his condition, to treat or manage it.

    I am now here, in front of Your Holiness, to plead for asylum. Our hospitals in the U.K. do not want to give disabled children the chance of life and instead assisting in the death of children.

    We now have realized our son’s life does not mean much to the NHS [National Health Service].

    We plead to you to help our son.

    Alder Hey hospital do not want to let Alfie leave the hospital unless he is dead!

    Alfie is not dying, so we don’t want to take him out in the way the hospital wish us to.

    We see life and potential in our son and we want to bring him here to Italy, to the Bambino Gesù, where we know he is safe and he will not be euthanized.

    When Alfie shows me and his mum any sign of suffering or dying, we will enjoy every last moment with him, but Alfie has not yet shown us he is ready to go, so we continue to fight just as he shows us to.

    If Your Holiness helps our child, you will be potentially saving the future for our children in the U.K., especially the disabled. We pray the problem we are facing is solved peacefully and respectfully. No child deserves this.

    Especially not a child of God.

    The judges in the U.K. have not told the truth about our son and his condition. They have listened to everything the hospital have said and agreed with them. But there is no real medical evidence to say Alfie will die, or that he has this form of disease.

    Since Dec. 14, Alder Hey have asked us more than 100 times to remove Alfie’s ventilation, even when he came off the life support three times. Doctors in the U.K. said he would never be able to do this, but Alfie proved top experts wrong and they still pushed me and his 19 year old mum to let him die, even when he came off life support.

    Alfie has been on life support, with a tube down his nose and throat, for 15 months. This is very wrong. He should be, and needs to be, on a tracheostomy. This is clinically and professionally very wrong.

    We do not understand why our child amongst many more are being treated like this. We believe it is because he is disabled and the U.K. want to legalize euthanasia.

    Please help us save our innocent child and give us the grace of asylum to keep our family safe and to stop all of this.

    The hospital is depriving us from sleep and not allowing us to sleep with our own son we have to sit in a chair all night with him to comfort and protect him.


    Press Statement:

    We would firstly like to thank all of our supporters and those who have helped us with our fight, from the bottom of our hearts — from me, Kate and Alfie!

    It means the world to us and gives us the strength to continue!

    Secondly , we would like to thank Alder Hey for their treatment of Alfie and his family this last week!

    For lying to the police, claiming that Alfie was ward of court

    For keeping him prisoner under police guard

    For stripping him of his dignity

    For banning his mum Kate from the hospital and stopping them from being together at this time and stealing precious moments

    For taking away our seating arrangements in his cubical

    For taking away the rights of him and his family to be together

    For depriving Alfie of the comfort, touch and love of his family that he has been used to every day of his life

    For depriving me of sleep when it seems perfectly OK for the nursing staff to fall asleep instead of looking after him! I have video evidence of this.

    And for trying to dictate what is in Alfie’s best interests when we have several pieces of evidence showing Alder Hey to be acting contrary to his best interests!

    Leaving him in poor and squalid conditions, in urine and feces and with moldy feeding tubes!

    How can this Trust get away with this? They should forfeit any ability to dictate Alfie’s best interests and let people and doctors who care look after our son, not terminate his life because of their failure to diagnose him and treat him effectively!

    But we want them to know they can’t break us or wear us down.

    Alfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever and will keep fighting all the way.

    We will never give up on Alfie!

    Thank you.

    Tom Evans with supporters and a member of the Swiss Guard outside the Casa Santa Marta residence. 

    Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

    Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

    Over a hundred years ago today, on 13 July 1917, Our Lady is said to have revealed a vision of hell to three little Portuguese shepherds. According to the eldest, Lucia dos Santos’ later reminiscence, “The vision lasted but an instant. […] Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

    Mary, it appears, doesn’t really go in for doctrinal soft-peddling, even when dealing with primary school-age children. And to be fair to her, she has a good track record raising kids.

    Nevertheless, hell isn’t as popular as it used to be. Surveys consistently show that while lots of people still believe in Heaven, rather fewer believe in “the other place”. And that trend is as true of Catholics as it is for everybody else.

    In such a climate, the message of Fátima does not necessarily sit easily. But then, neither – and this really ought to give us pause – does the message of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Jesus talks about hell, gehenna in New Testament Greek, an awful lot. True enough, it is not a subject he ever dwells on in detail: there is no suite of parables which intimate various aspects of hell, as there are for the Kingdom (see Mark 4; Matthew 13). But Jesus refers to it in all main strands of the gospel tradition. And what he does say, though brief, is often graphically to-the-point. “Fires of hell”, the phrase used in the Fátima decade prayer – which was also, I might add, revealed one hundred years ago – Is a thoroughly Jesuanic image (Mark 9.43; Matthew 13.42, 50; 25.41).


    From the visions of two of the churches saints, they give us, just a tip of what Hell looks and feels like. 

    The Hell seen by Santa Teresa d’Avila

    In the vision of the Saint there are several important factors concerning hell:

    a) The place where the hell would be, whose entrance consists of a long tunnel, is narrow, like a low, dark and cramped oven. A pestilential place where there is neither hope of comfort nor space to sit or relax. The ground, all smelly mud, is full of disgusting reptiles. There is no light, but very dense darkness and in the meantime everything that can be painful to the sight can be seen anyway.

    b) The penalties suffered by the damned. The soul is invested by a fire that Teresa can not describe; the body (the Saint is there with the soul and the body) is tortured horribly by intolerable pains. But all this is still nothing in front of the agony of the soul that suffers an oppression, an anguish, a sadness and a living and desperate pain “that I do not know – says the Saint – how to express myself”. “To say that you suffer continuous agonies of death is not enough, because at least in death it seems that life is torn off from others, while here it is the same soul that makes itself into pieces by itself. The most atrocious suffering is the thought that these penalties have neither end nor any mitigation”. The worst torments are the fire and inner despair. The pains and afflictions are felt in spirit but are truly suffering, as if one were suffering in the body.

    c) Such punishments are such as to overcome every human imagination: compared to them, the most atrocious sufferings of this earth are nothing. What is said about hell and its tortures has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different.

    It is certain that “how much is meditated on the torments of hell, on what the demons are suffering, or that is read in the books, has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different, like a portrait compared to the object retracted. Almost not even our fire can be compared with that of down there”.

    d) In addition to the chastisements we say so common for all the damned, there are also terrifying punishments for every particular vice.

    e) It is the same damned soul that is torn apart, which is done in pieces by itself. “I did not see – says the Saint – who made me suffer them (called torments), but I felt burning and dilating, although the worst torment was the fire and inner despair”.

    The hell seen by Santa Veronica Giuliani

    And now, in short, the most remarkable is found in the visions of Santa Veronica:

    a) Hell is a “very dark” place but it gives fire like a great furnace. In all other visions the landscape, so to speak, is essentially always that, even if some details change. Even when he finds himself in a deserted, dark and solitary place, he hears nothing but screams, cries, whistles of snakes, noises of chains, wheels, irons, barrels so large that, at every stroke, the whole world seemed to sink. Like when he finds himself “in a low, black and fetid region, full of bulls’ bellowing, of lions screams, of snake whistles … A great mountain rose up in front of me and was covered with asps and basilisks tied together … The living mountain was a clamor of horrible curses”. It is always hell as Jesus tells her: “Aim and look carefully at this place that will never end. So the torment, my justice and my strict disdain.”  Torment for the damned is precisely the justice of God and his strict indignation.

    b) The damned are those who have rejected God and his law, and have chosen to serve their ego. The demons keep them as tied beasts of different species. Beasts which, in an instant, become in the eyes of the Saint, creatures (men), but so terrifying and ugly, that they gave her more terror than the demons themselves. The Saint sees them fall, damned forever, in that abyss like a rain. Hell, according to the Saint, deserves it above all for the sin of ingratitude. The souls, that is, despite being in the abundance of so many goods, almost never know how to recognize their origins and almost never remember those who have done everything and gave them.

    c) Even in hell there is an order: those who sin more and more seriously responsible, suffer more frighteningly than others who have sinned less and with less responsibility. For S. Veronica there is a higher hell, that is, benign hell, and a maximum hell. There are therefore various departments, perhaps depicted in those mountains, one different from the other from which the damned rush into the abyss. In fact, the mountain opens wide and in its open flanks the Saint sees a multitude of souls and demons intertwined with chains of fire. Demons, extremely furious, harass the souls who cry out in despair. To this mountain, follow other more horrible mountains, whose bowels are the scene of atrocious and indescribable tortures.

    The souls of the new inhabitants are rushing down with the fury of dense hail. “And at this arrival, punishments are renewed on the damned”. In an even more profound place thousands of souls are piled up (they are those of the murderers), over which looms a press with an immense wheel. The wheel turns and makes all hell tremble. Suddenly the press swoops upon the souls, reducing them almost to one; so that each participates in the penalty of the other. Then they come back as before.There are several souls with a book in their hands. The demons beat them with fire rods in their mouths, with iron maces on their heads, and with sharp spikes they pierce their ears. They are the souls of those religious bastards, who adapted the rule to their own use and consumption. Other souls are locked up in bags and impaled by the devils in the mouth of a horrible dragon forever. They are the souls of the misers. Others bubbled into a lake of rubbish. Suddenly they strike lightning. The souls remain incinerated, but then regain the primeval state. “The sins they have committed are the most serious that any living can imagine”.

    d) At the bottom of the abyss are the hierarchys of hell. Here, in fact, the Saint sees a monstrous throne, made of terrifying demons. In the center a chair formed by the heads of the abyss. The Saint notes that the mute pillow of the chair was Judas and other desperate souls like him. When asked the angels who those souls were, she received this terrible answer: “They were dignitaries of the Church and religious prelates”. Satan sat on it in his indescribable horror and from there he watched all the damned.

    e) The vision of Satan forms the torment of hell, as the vision of God forms the delight of Paradise. Here, the blessed are happy in the vision of God which is the source and root of all their goods; in hell, the damned, as well as being incredibly tormented by demons who dispense pain and suffering unheard of in their hatred, is the vision of Satan above all, their greatest enemy and creator in part of their damnation, which makes them suffer unspeakably.

    f) In hell there is also the sorrow of the senses: the Saint speaks of flames and fire, of cries and noises, of stench and horrendous smoke. that can not be compared to any penalty on earth. Great mystery, hell and terrible reality. “Many – as Our Lady said to Sr. Veronica – do not believe that there is hell, and I tell you that you who have been there, have not understood anything of what it is”.

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