I got an email from a priest friend asking me that question.
He was referring to the Fr. Dowling 'mystery priest' story. The 'angel' priest who turned out to be a living priest, not a 'miraculous' one.
My friend added a "What?" to let me know he wasn't really yelling at me. His point was well taken, to be sure.
Why did so many of us want a miracle priest? An apparition priest? A bi-locating priest? You know why - we like excitement. We like the extraordinary, the miraculous. Sometimes we even need it.
Yet when you think about it - what is more wonder-full than having a priest show up when we are most in need, in danger of death? How providential is that? Especially in a rural setting on a Sunday morning when priests are busy in their parishes - and even visiting priests, albeit in transit, may need to be at another parish by a particular time in their schedule?
How good God is that he provides us with priests to minister to us in our need. Though the woman was not a Catholic, a priest was there to pray with her. Ordinarily, God chooses to minister to us through his priests. The rescue workers recognized the presence of God through the ministry of that man - that priest - who showed up at the right time, out of nowhere - in the middle of nowhere. The rescue workers knelt in prayer - praying with the crash victim at her request. That is awesome. That is the presence of God.
How mysterious is the grace of God. How miraculous is the priesthood. How wonderful when people unite together in prayer. "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" - Ps. 133
Pray for priests. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. Recognize the gift of God in your priest.