Coincidence is a funny thing. Let us know yours. Sometimes it occurs in
a very meaningful way. Other times, you can't make sense of it and ask
We all experience it. You may have met your spouse through a
"coincidence." Or landed the job of a lifetime that way. There are
major, life-changing coincidences, and then there are those little
things, like going down a highway to church on a Sunday and finding
yourself behind a jeep with a kayak atop and then eight hours later
using another road and finding yourself behind the same vehicle -- the
same jeep, the same kayak, heading in a different direction (west
instead of south). Or going to Italy and running into a cousin.
What are the "odds"?
And since the odds so often seem to weigh heavily against something
being just an occurrence: when that happens, we wonder why? What's
the mission or the message? What is the meaning? Perhaps simply to pray
for that person in front of us a second time?
The jeep could be what they call "happenstance." Throw the dice, and
every so often they will come up snake eyes, or whatever they call it.
Peculiar things happen in the flow of life. There are certain cycles
and crossroads. Granted.
But often you find yourselfscratching
your head. What if you never answer the phone after five but one day
hearing it ringing decide to pick it up and it ends up being someone
you marry? Or that the same person, after getting off the phone, opens
Scripture to the passage that says, "What God has joined together, let
no man put asunder" (having to do with marriage) and in fact they end
up married? Doesn't it seem like angels are behind it? Doesn't it seem,
while we're on the subject, like angels must coordinate manyaspects of life?
There are heavy-duty "coincidences." You may have heard how both John
F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln shared a number of peculiar things (and
some not so peculiar) in common. Abraham Lincoln was elected to
Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in
1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.John F. Kennedy was
elected President in 1960. Both wives lost their children while living
in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both
successors were named Johnson. Both Johnsons were born in '08. John
Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald were both assassinated before their
trials. Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater. Kennedy was shot in a
Lincoln, made by Ford.
Now, that last one is a bit of a stretch; we can go too far with such
But how often do we see them in our lives?
Call it synchronicity:mysteries
of the cosmos.
9/11 -- the greatest police and fire emergency in modern history -- is
composed of the same numeric configuration as the emergency (911) phone
The universe, a philosopher named Haldane once said, is not only
stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine. Perhaps there is no such
thing as coincidence and everything is woven in a way we can't see. In
fact, that's the belief here.
There are those who refer to "Godincidence." For example, in our
mailbag, after famous nun Mother Angelica died, was this: "Last night,
my husband and I were driving back from Boston and received an email
about the passing of Mother Angelica and we began praying the Divine
Mercy chaplet for the soul of Mother Angelica and this truck just
appeared before us."
Seems a bittoocoincidental to us.
And recall the words of Einstein: "God does not play with dice."