Do You Know That Nun?
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The following story appeared in a Catholic publication in the late
eighties. According to the Catholic circles of that time it was true
and Michael accepted it as such then. Had there been any reservations, they would have vanished later
based on the many first hand experiences he had, and continues to have
over thirty years later.
It is the Will of God that we now make it available to all.
The story as told by father John Izral...
1968 I was stationed at a parish in Gulfport, Mississippi", began Fr.
John Izral at a Peace Mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Church in River
"One day I received a call from a
Baptist woman. 'Father I must see-you', she said. 'I met a nun and I
want you to tell me who she is."
Since Fr. Izral knew the nuns of the
area, he agreed to come to her house. When he arrived the woman
began to tell him about her life. Her husband was a drinker and had
physically abused her. If she went to Church he would beat her up.
If he found her reading the Bible, he
would tear it up. When he was very drunk he would bring other women
home. If his wife complained about his habits, he would beat her. She
had a 9 year old son who was following in his father's footsteps. The
boy had been in trouble with the law on several occasions.
One day, when her husband came home
drunk, the woman could take it no longer. When he went into the bedroom
she fell on her knees near the kitchen table and prayed: "God,
please help me."
A few minutes later the door bell
rang. Standing there was a beautiful woman with street length clothes,
blond hair and blue eyes. She had never seen her before.
"Father", she questioned, "Do you
know this nun? I want to talk to her again." She theb continued...
"The nun sat at the table with me and
described my life – how my husband has acted and the abuses I have had
The nun gave her some advice – not to
worry about getting to Church if her husband would not let her, and for
her to read the Bible when he was not at home. She also taught her to
offer the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel which she was to pray
" I was amazed", said Fr. Izral,
"that she could recite the payer after hearing it only one time."
Inspired by this visit, the woman
called her husband to meet her guest. He came to the bedroom door and
was knocked back, as a strong and invisible hand slapped him across the
face so vigorously that he fell to the floor. He didn't dare to come
out of the bedroom until long after the visitor had left.
Then the son came into the kitchen.
His eyes riveted on this beautiful visitor. She then hugged the wife
and walked out the door. Immediately her son asked, "Mother, who is
The woman, realizing she had
forgotten to ask the name of the visitor, immediately opened the door;
no one was there.
Earlier when the visitor arrived, the
wife had noticed there was no car parked nearby. As she looked up and
down the street there was no car and no one on the street.
Fr. Izral told the woman, "That was
not a nun. You were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary". He continued,
"Though it went against everything I learned in the seminary, I seemed
to have the absolute certainty that this was Mary."
Fr. Izral spoke to the woman six
weeks later. She had followed the advice given by the visitor. Her
husband no longer was drinking. Her son had changed too, and their
family life had greatly improved. She was still praying the daily
prayer to St. Michael.
Michael, the Archangel defend us in the day of battle.
our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou o prince of The Heavenly
Hosts, by the power of God,
into hell satan and all evil spirits who prowl around the world seeking
the ruin of souls.
Published in Honor of Our Lady
of Sorrows - September 15t, 2015
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