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A Helicopter Crash And A Conversion to The Latin Mass

The Australian soldier Dillon Beatson used to be a lapsed Catholic and self-proclaimed atheist who was drinking and ridiculing religion.

His life changed during a helicopter crash while on a training mission in the Middle East. The accident caused a close encounter with death (CatholicNewsAgency.com, January 21). One soldier died.

During the event, Beatson was pushed into the sand. The propeller blades were spinning around him. He thought: "This is it." Then, to his surprise, he cried out: “God, please don’t let me die.” Until then he believed that God was a fairytale.

After the accident, Beatson started looking for religion, "I went into the Latin Mass - I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Latin Mass - and I just fell in love." Beatson became a practicing Catholic who considers Faith “a treasure.”

Now, he feels “like my childhood was robbed in a way, that I didn’t get to grow up with the love of Christ, and didn’t get to have a lot of the teachings and morals instilled in me from a young age.”

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J G Tasan
Praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!