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This comes from Smithsonian video:

Priests who just happen to come upon an accident and give prayers and the sacraments is a wonderful coincidence.

Reminds me of this story,

or an incident told by my cousin, whose Catholic youth group was lost on the back roads at night in South Carolina, and saw a recent accident, and while awaiting the ambulance, gave first aid, and the priest with the group discovered the driver was Catholic, and gave him the last anointing...
This impressed my cousin, because back then, there were few Catholics in that area of the South.

numerous similar stories can be told of doctors or nurses at car crashes or accidents who save lives, of course.

All of this reminds me of the sisters in Africa, assuring me not to worry about the patients if I was not there, because God knew I would be away.

Ironically, we had emergencies right before I would leave, or ten minutes after I returned... I remember only one time a patient died because I was away, and died during transfer: but she was in septic shock and would probably had died on the operating table even if I had been present...

The pious remind us: God is in control... and often works in coincidences, not miracles.

one of my brother's friends was badly hurt in the Pentagon attack, and one of my (physician) classmates was inside the Pentagon, and ran out and gave medical help to some of those hurt.

most who hadn't heard about the NYC attack would have assumed it was a plane trying to land at Reagan airport: The flight path goes right by the Pentagon, flying down the nearby Potomac.

The fantasy that this was a truck bomb was started on a French site,  and believed by the anti Americans in Europe, but nonsense to anyone who knew the place, which is on the side next to the side with the public subway and bus station at the Pentagon...

Someone trying to place a truck bomb to destroy the Pentagon would have found it easier to  put a bomb into a bus painted like a public bus, and place it there, killing civilians waiting for buses and those inside the Pentagon.

Instead, the plane hit on the side closer to the river, where 30 feet of grass, a chain link fence, a full parking lot, and of course an armed guard 100 feet away at the entrance, would have made the truck theory improbable.

but again, God is in the coincidences: They chose to hit the side that was being renovated to make it safe from attack, and so was half empty, so the deaths were in the hundreds, not the thousands that could have died...

Sigh. In our prayers.

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