This is a cautionary tale about how easily humans can be fooled into thinking something miraculous has happened. Emergency workers were trying to extricate a woman trapped in a horribly mangled car and despaired of being able to get her out. The head rescue officer told the policeman at the scene "I don't think we can remove this girl". This was along a stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere with nothing but empty fields in every direction. All traffic was halted both ways on the highway a mile away from the accident. Then a priest mysteriously appeared out of nowhere and offered to pray with the victim, who he anointed with oil. Minutes later another emergency vehicle arrived with stronger equipment and the young woman was safely removed. When people turned to thank the priest he was gone. What's more of all the people taking pictures at the scene, the priest appears in none of them. A search of all the nearby churches was made to try and find the mystery priest. He was not known to any of the local houses of worship. People at the scene believed they had seen a miracle. An angel in the guise of a priest arrived to save that girl. Once the story went viral thousands of people believed it was an angel as well. What else could it have been. The priest was there, everyone saw him, but suddenly he was not there and none of the pictures taken showed an image of him. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/07/angel-crash-missouri/2630227/ Only as it turns out, it was a human priest after all. He waited several days before he decided to came forward to say he was the one who stopped to help. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/13/us/missouri-mystery-priest/ Now I did not post this to argue whether miracles happen or whether angels are real and involved in our lives. No. My point is that people, when confronted with a seemingly unexplanatory experience are too quick to chalk it up to metaphysical event. It just so happened here that the priest simply did not end up in any of the pictures that were taken at the scene. Unusual, but not impossible. That he 'vanished' as quickly as he arrived; well there is a lot of hectic running around at an accident scene, especially one as dire as this one. That the responders were focusing all their efforts on the girl in the wreck explains why they did not see the priest show up, or leave. But if the priest had not come forward, this would have remained a miracle of God by the millions who believe such things happen. And would have gone down in the books for decades to come as an example of a genuine miracle. The lack of evidence for this being an ordinary event did not mean this was an extraordinary event.