Category: Motivational

‘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.

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(CNN)

Virgin Mary Helps Police Officer Save The Life Of 3 Women

Virgin Mary Helps Police Officer Save The Life Of 3 Women

In 2006, Federick Yap was a new Fairfax County Police officer working the graveyard shift and looking for a place to file a report. He decided to pull into the parking lot of St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston. 


“I didn’t realize I was in front of the Virgin Mary statue (and) I didn’t put any strong emphasis on it because being Catholic, it was normal for me,” he said. “And then I don’t know how it started and why it started, but I just offered a short prayer to the Virgin Mary and made it a practice (before every shift).”


Federick Yap was born and raised by his single mother in the Philippines, where he was baptized as a Catholic and attended Catholic school — He graduated from San Beda University in Manila, and moved to the United States in 1987. He got married and is the father of two children – a daughter in middle school and a son in college. The family attends All Saints Church in Manassas. For the past 12 years, he’s worked as a patrolman.  

Despite his Catholic upbringing, he never really considered himself very devout, nor did he have a lot of experience with praying the Rosary. But one memory from his youth has always lingered under the surface, even years later after he immigrated to the US in 1987. 

And it took some 20 years for him to discover why.

Every day after school he’d go running. His route took him passed his Catholic high school, where he’d usually stop to get a drink from the water fountain. As it was usually the same time each day, he’d always see one of the nuns, Sister Sophia, walking the hallway praying the Rosary. He would say hello, they would talk a little, and he would return on his run. Not a big deal. He couldn’t say why, but he always felt “close” to Sister Sophia after witnessing that, day after day.

Fast forward to Reston, Virginia, where Yap is now a police officer for Fairfax County. One night early in his police career, Yap pulled into the lot of St. Thomas Church  to park his cruiser and write up his reports — only to find himself parked in front of a faded statuette of the Blessed Virgin. He decided to offer up a simple prayer in three parts: one Our Father, one Hail Mary, one Glory Be. The habit became routine, always ending with “I love you, Lord, I love you, Mama Mary.” Eventually he began to pray the entire Rosary.

The Power of Three

Divine intervention often isn’t as dramatic and obvious as what is shown in movies; it usually happens subtly, quietly, and most often reveals itself only in hindsight — those without faith might even mistake it for coincidence or random luck.

It took Officer Yap many years to connect the dots over three separate incidents he faced while on the job. All three involved women in danger. And for him, it was no random coincidence.

The first incident was in 2011. The call was for a suicidal woman, according to an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald. When Yap and another officer arrived, they watched in shock as she drove her car into the Potomac River. Even though Yap wasn’t trained in water rescue, he and the other cop were able to get the woman out of the car to safety.

The second time was in 2015. Just starting his shift after the prayer, the call came in: a woman shot multiple times by her husband. A team of officers was able to get the injured woman out of the house safety, with Yap staying by her side, applying pressure to her wounds, all the way to the hospital, where she was treated and eventually recovered.

The third time was in 2016, according to the Arlington Catholic Herald report. He went to his prayer spot as usual, and when he finished he looked at the Holy Mother as her face appeared to convey to him, “I’ll see you later.” Shortly afterward, Yap responded to a call with another officer: a woman was in danger of harming herself. Arriving at her home, they approached the locked garage. Hearing two car engines running, they broke inside — finding the woman in her car, unconscious from the fumes. They opened the garage doors and dragged her from the vehicle. Yap swears that as he was administering CPR he saw the face of the Virgin Mother in front of him.

Significance of the statues

The theme of the “number three” came up in other various ways for Yap throughout the years, including in a trio of rosaries that were left on one of the statues at the church. But Yap did not connect the dots about his devotion and the three women he helped save until his work restoring a statue of the Blessed Mother.

MOTHER MARY STATUE
Federick Yap, a police officer for Fairfax County, kneels in front of a statue of Mary that he refurbished at St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston. Yap begins every shift with a prayer in front of the statue.

Courtesy of Frederick Yap

As his devotion grew over the years, Yap took to repainting the faded statuettes of the Virgin surrounding the church in his spare time, even though he had no previous experience. But he didn’t make the connection between the Rosary, the three women he saved, and the statues until he was working on the third one.

“Three statues, three women that I saved,” said Yap, who is married with two children, a college student and middle-schooler. “Wow, it reminded me that the Holy Mother is there to watch us. She’s reminding me about the beauty of what I did for those three women. ‘Look what you are doing,’ she seemed to say, ‘you are making me beautiful’!”

Yap feels so grateful for rediscovering the rosary again, in a much deeper and personal way, so many years after meeting Sister Sophia in the hallway. While not everyone might have the same experience with the Rosary as Yap, he feels that everyone could benefit from making this habit a part of their daily life, whether at work or home.

MOTHER MARY STATUE

Courtesy of Frederick Yap

“Every day it gives me a better understanding about life, and it makes us kind,” he says. “We get the kind of energy that helps me to understand what ever we do, whatever we say, kindness and humility should be part of it.”

Yap believes Mary’s intercessions helped him – along with other police officers and medical professionals – to save the lives of three women during his time on duty, as each save occurred after prayer. “she is the protector of women”, he said. 

‘Jesus I Trust In You’! How The Divine Mercy Prayer Can Transform Lives

‘Jesus I Trust In You’! How The Divine Mercy Prayer Can Transform Lives

 

Putting ‘Jesus, I Trust in You’ Into Practice.

How the Divine Mercy Prayer can transform hearts and lives.

The Rojas family were forced to evacuate their Robstown, Texas Home Last August, after the terrifying Hurricane Harvey burnt down their house. 

Reaching shelter after a three-hour drive, Jesse and Jennifer and their children watched helplessly as someone on Facebook livestreamed the Rojas home as it, along with Jesse’s mother’s and sister’s houses, was burning.

“All three burned down completely during the night of the hurricane,” Jesse said. “We prayed right away. My wife’s favorite prayer is the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We said a Divine Mercy Chaplet on our way being evacuated, and we were praying the Rosary, too. They were signs to us that we weren’t alone.”

Despite losing everything, the family’s faith remains unshaken in the midst of their suffering because of their continuing prayer, “Jesus, I trust in you” — what Jesus told St. Faustina was his “signature” when he gave her the Image Of Divine Mercy (St. Faustina’s Diary, 327). The Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday of Easter. The Rojas family attest that they are indeed blessed: None of the family was lost.

Jesse Rojas said that before the hurricane nobody knew the Divine Mercy Chaplet was his wife’s favorite prayer, yet, surprisingly, a family called them from out of state wanting to make a donation. “They were calling from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.”

Other good has come from the turmoil, too. Before the storm, his business was really slow. Now, Jesse has steady work lined up for satellite communication services and installation. Then came another assurance. When he returned to a house to pick up a drill he had forgotten, the customer handed him a gift — a bottle of holy water and a Bible whose cover was embossed, “Jesus, I trust in you.”

The Mother of Mercy also had something special for the Rojas family.

“Everything was lost” at his mother’s house too, Jesse said, “except for a statue of the Blessed Mother.” The photo was shared by many in the wake of the storm.

As Jesse said: “The Divine Mercy and praying the Rosary really got us through that — and really believing in and trusting Jesus Christ himself.”

The Rojas family’s trust in Jesus is exactly what the message means, according to Father Chris Alar of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, who says this prayer is all about “entrusting ourselves into God’s hands,” putting our belief and hope in the providence of God.

The two great commandments of love God and love of neighbor “roll up into the No. 1 thing — to do the will of God,” he said. And to do the will of God “cannot be done without trust. God is God, and we are not, so we have to entrust ourselves to the providence of God even when it looks difficult. We have to trust him in giving us what’s best for our eternal salvation.”

Dave and Joan Maroney of the Mother of Mercy Messengers (TheDivineMercy.org/momm), a Divine Mercy apostolate outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, are committed to explaining this blessed message to all they encounter.

“If you’re spiritually immature and say, ‘Jesus, I trust in you,’ you tend to think that means everything’s going to go my way; I’m not going to lose my job; my marriage isn’t going to fall apart; the doctor’s results will come back and I’ll be okay. ‘Jesus, I trust in you’ is not that things are always going to go our way,” Joan explained, adding that this powerful prayer really “means God knows us, loves us and has our best interests at heart. No matter what happens, we are in the palm of his hand. If this means we have a trial or difficulty to undergo, we trust in Jesus that he will sustain us.”

Joan Maroney sees this exemplified in the life of Our Lady. She trusted God even amid Christ’s passion, believing that the Resurrection would follow: “She trusted this was part of God’s plan for a greater good.” Maroney uses the example of someone suffering with cancer or another trial. “Offering that up is going to lead to the conversion of sinners” and other blessed outcomes. “No matter what happens, you trust in him fully.”

Trials and tribulations can cause many people to get mad at God or lose hope, but they must continue to focus on Christ. The Maroneys have heard many stories of people who kept trusting God amid struggles and eventually said, “Because of that I met my husband.” “I found a better job.” “I got back to the Church.”

Father Alar stressed, “The end goal of the cross is the Resurrection. But we can’t get to the Resurrection without the cross. [But] the cross leads to the Resurrection.”

In 1997 at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, Poland, St. John Paul II affirmed the truth of the Divine Mercy message: “If this person responds with a sincere heart: ‘Jesus, I trust in you,’ he will find comfort in all his anxieties and fears.”

“Trusting in him is a grace from him, but also requires some effort from me,” Father Michael Freihofer of Granby, Colorado, explained. The priest promotes the Divine Mercy Chaplet in his five parishes, including St. Ann, St. Bernard, and Our Lady of Snow, with the bulletins carrying excerpts from St. Faustina’s diary.

“We say the Chaplet after Masses during Lent and a few other Sundays. We also give out Divine Mercy images and postcards. Several of our churches are in tourist locations, so we are able to promote the message of Divine Mercy to many people across the U.S.,” he explained.

Father Freihofer tells the story of a recent visitor who wanted to thank him for introducing her and her family to the Divine Mercy message during Mass on their Colorado visit five years earlier. Then she began praying the chaplet regularly and put pictures of the Divine Mercy image in the windows of their home.

This family also lost everything when their home burned down, but she told Father Freihofer because of the images of Divine Mercy in their home, they trust that Jesus will help them rebuild their lives.

The pastor, who is also the spiritual director for Word Apostolate of Fatima’s Denver division, is encouraged by such stories of trust in Jesus.

One parishioner told Father Freihofer her sister had not been a practicing Catholic for more than 45 years. Hit with an aggressive form of cancer, she refused to see a priest. All the while, Father Freihofer’s parishioner prayed for her sister’s medical and spiritual healing — with the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a frequent part of her prayer.

When it came time for her sister to enter hospice care, the parishioner asked her sister one more time, “Will you consent to having a priest come and anoint you?” She said, “Yes.” Soon, a priest arrived.

She died within days, said Father Freihofer, “on St. Faustina’s feast day, Oct. 5. Praise God for his Divine Mercy!”

“Get the [Divine Mercy] image out there,” Joan Maroney encouraged. “Trust what Jesus says about the 3 o’clock hour: ‘In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking’ (Diary, 1572).”

As Jesus assured St. Faustina, (Diary, 1578): “The graces of my mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to me, because I pour all the treasures of my graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is my desire to give much, very much.”

Jesus! I Trust In You 

Pakistani Doctor Whose Selfie With Pope Francis Went Viral Is To Become A Catholic Priest

Pakistani Doctor Whose Selfie With Pope Francis Went Viral Is To Become A Catholic Priest

A Pakistani Christian doctor whose selfie with Pope Francis went viral is to train to be a priest.

Daniel Bashir, a 26-year-old Karachi, told AFP that he took the selfie with the pope during a youth conference at the Vatican last month.

He presented Francis with an ajrak shawl, a traditional garment from Sindh province, and the two posed for the picture in which the pontiff can be seen with the gift draped around his shoulders and grinning broadly.

My heart is full of happiness,’ Bashir wrote as a caption to the image on Facebook.

‘He was very happy to see the ajrak… I also met him personally later and gifted him a blanket,’ Bashir told AFP. The pope then told him that he ‘daily prays for peace in Pakistan’, Bashir added.

Bashir added that he and the pontiff also spoke of the treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan, where Muslims make up more than 90 per cent of the population.

Christians account for an estimated two per cent of Pakistan’s more than 200 million people, and have long faced persecution there. Four Christians were shot dead in an attack claimed by Islamic State in the south-western city of Quetta on April 3, just after Easter. And an ISIS suicide bombing at a church days before Christmas last year killed eight.

I consider myself safe in Karachi but it is painful to see the incidents with Christians and minorities,’ Bashir said. ‘Minorities are oppressed too much and with this reference my heart aches.’

Bashir’s encounter with the pope impressed him so much that instead of specialising in neurosurgery, as he had planned, he now wants to serve the church.

He said: ‘I will present myself to become a priest and join a seminary in June.’

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