Nun thwarts Response to Love Center robbery with prayer

A 76-year-old nun foils an attempted robbery at a charity in Buffalo, New York.

In the early hours of January 14, two thieves used a ladder to climb onto the roof of a Buffalo charity. Thieves aimed at them Response to Love Center – a faith-based charity that helps the impoverished in Buffalo. The robbers allegedly wanted to steal copper pipes.

Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, the director of the center, rose early to pray. She heard the commotion outside the charity and went to investigate.

Sister Johnice told WKBW TV“So, I opened the door and I saw a ladder — there’s a ladder over here, and I walked out, and I looked up and said, ‘Get out of here. How dare you do such a thing to God’s property – that’s His mission!'”

The elderly nun used all her strength to yank the ladder out of the building, leaving the crooks stranded on the roof.

She told that Buffalo News“I threw down the ladder, which was as huge as it could be, and lo and behold, they ran away.”

The nun added: “When I took that ladder and knocked it over – I was amazed myself now that I saw it.”

Nurse Johnice said she was “fearless” because her “adrenaline dropped.” The nun remarked that she could “sense evil.”

The Response to Love Center shared photos of the suspects on its Facebook page and asked for the public’s help in identifying the would-be thieves.

The Facebook post called the suspects “idiots” because the thieves were likely trying to steal copper downspouts from the Response to Love Center. However, the center’s downspouts are aluminum and “only worth pennies”.

Mike Gilhooly, associate director of the Response to Love Center, described Sister Johnice as a “tough guy.”

The fearless nun said of the suspects: “But it has to be someone greedy – selfish – someone very broken – I’m sure desperation did it. You know it’s just gutters – it’s just pipes, but what if it’s life? ? But God does not want this to be a human battleground—a fearful place.”

“They could have come here for food or clothes. They could have come for a kind word or guidance, but they chose a different path,” she said. “It’s not from God, it’s evil. I just wish I could meet her.”

Sister Johnice said, “I prayed for these two thugs every day.”

The nun holds the ladder. She calls it “Jacob’s Ladder,” after the story in the Bible in which Jacob dreams of a ladder reaching from heaven to earth.

Last week “divine intervention” prevented a thief from stealing an Archangel Michael from a church.

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76-year-old nun snatches ladder from would-be Nun thwarts Response to Love Center robbery with prayer

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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