Blog 280

February 20, 2023


Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.


This past Friday I attended an extraordinary dedication of the shrine to the first martyr of the American Roman Catholic Church. I had just finished writing a book on the life of Father Stanley Rother who was martyred defending the Christian faith in Guatemala. For Father Rother to be officially recognized as a Saint, there must be a miracle resulting from the martyr’s intervention. Since I had been writing about similar “near-death” type happenings and was writing about Fr. Rother, although a Protestant, I wondered about what had happened after this important person had crossed the threshold of eternity.

Just as I was finishing writing the book The Making of a Martyr, I got a phone call from the person editing my manuscript. She told me about a story that appeared on a Tulsa television station and  in The Daily Oklahoman July 27, 2022. Here’s a reproduction of part of that publication.

Johnny Workman believes he’s here today because he got help from beyond. “I felt something kind of hit me in the back and when I turned, I got trapped,” he explains. Trapped by a run-away 30,000-pound asphalt roller. The weight of two elephants pinned him against the roller, crushing him. 

“I saw myself in the mirror, I saw myself changing colors and then I blacked out,” he says. 

Workman suffered 27 fractures to his chest alone. While in a medically induced coma, his family placed a medal of Blessed Stanley Rother on Workman’s chest and prayed for the intersession of the Priest who grew up in Okarche, Oklahoma. 

“I believe that’s when it happened—the miracle,’ says Workman. Workman remains unwavering in the vision he experienced while unconscious. “He [Fr. Stanley Rother] picked me up and we were walking together- Mother Mary on one side and he was on the other. Stanley Rother grabbed me by the hand, and we were walking. [I] don’t know if we were going to heaven.”

Suddenly, Johnny Workman woke up in a hospital. The doctors were flabbergasted.  

Workman describes his unexpected recovery has nothing short of miraculous. “Doctors nurses and staff would tell me almost every day I was lucky to be alive.” 

A letter of his account has been delivered to the Oklahoma City Archdiocese describing his now healed body as the result of more than good luck. 

“Maybe it’s a miracle in the churches- but I know with 100% fact that it was a miracle in my eyes,” says Workman. 

Most Protestants generally wouldn’t know what to say about this kind of story. Roman Catholics and the Orthodox Churches would have no problem accepting it. Wherever you are, it’s an event that challenges your thoughts. Don’t forget that many churches say the Apostles Creed every Sunday affirming “we believe in the communion of the saints.”

Remember miracles never cease!

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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When she thought she was dying, she and her friends did this…


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