Digital Marian Helper Spring_2018

One of those touched is Brendan Pearl, a sophomore at the University of Delaware. The way in which he received Dom’s prayercard seems to have been an act of God. Brendan, originally from Syracuse, New York, was a high school junior when Dom was killed. He didn’t know Dom, nor anyone who knew him. He was scrolling through his Twitter feed on Nov. 1, 2014, when he saw the news story of the accident. “I read the article and realized that he was a kid just like me,” Brendan said. “He was around the same age as me, and we were both high school athletes. He had his whole life ahead of him. It really impacted me, thinking that it could happen to anyone — any one of my friends, my siblings, or even me.” Brendan continued to follow Dom’s story through news postings and hashtags on Twitter. Raised in a Catholic household, Brendan always made his faith a priority, so he began praying for the Pettey family. He told a couple of his friends about the tragedy, but other than that, he kept it to himself. Fast forward to the fall semester of Brendan’s freshman year at the University of Delaware. Going into class one day, he went to sit in the same seat he sat in every day. On that day, though, there was something different; there was a little prayercard sitting on his desk. He sat down, turned it over, and was dumbfounded by what he saw. It was Dom’s funeral card with his face, his name, and the Divine Mercy Image and Chaplet. “To me, that was an example of divine intervention,” Brendan said. “I was one of the first people in the class- room that day. There were plenty of empty desks. And that prayercard was on my desk. Knowing what that story meant for me, and that I had no other connection to him, I knew that it was God reaching out to me.” This apparent sign lit a fire in his faith. “I can see now that God has a plan for all of us, and we may never know exactly what it is. Your life could come to an end at any moment, and I’ve learned that there’s no point in living a life that you wouldn’t be happy with if something happens to you or someone around you. A relationship with God is something you need — I know that He’s there and He’s listening to everything I have to say. I know He wants to help us to do what’s best and follow His plan.” Brendan had been keeping Dom’s prayercard in his wallet ever since it showed up on his desk, to remind him that God is with him. But then his bag went missing at school, and with it, the prayercard. His friend Kendall, a fellow student at the university, knew how much the prayercard had meant to Brendan. After some Internet searching, she found contact information for the Pettey family. The Petteys were thrilled to hear how their son is still impacting people’s lives more than three years after his death. They sent another prayercard to Brendan; he carries the card in his wallet. From Dom to Brendan, from Brendan to those around him, God continues to spread His mercy, one soul at a time. Visit TheDivineMercy.org/Pettey to read the original arti- cle on Dominik Pettey featured in the August 2016 Friends of Mercy newsletter. For more stories and testimonies to Divine Mercy, become a Friend of Mercy (see ad below). Become a Friend of Mercy Grow deeper in faith and allow God’s mercy to transform your life and the lives of those around you. Join today and receive 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, as our gift to you! To join: Visit TheDivineMercy.org/friends1 or call 1-800-462-7426. MH

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