Let me start by saying that I have never told this story to anyone, except a priest in Confession. I might need your help JimD on this one. This experience happened to me when I was 9.
I was outside playing baseball with my siblings. It was hot and humid, so I decided to rest under our orange tree in our backyard. While I was sitting there, I started to wonder where I was going to go when I die (heaven, purgatory, or hell). I prayed a Hail Mary asking the Blessed Virgin where I was going. As I was sitting there I started to "feel" someone standing next to me (I couldn't see the person). I suddenly heard a female voice say in my right ear "LOOK UP!" I got the SHOCK of my life when I did. There and bold was a SNAKE less than a foot from me! I was scared! Its head was up off the ground and it was hissing its tongue at me. It looked a normal garden snake; however it looked at me like it was seeing "through" me. I stood up quickly and threw some dirt at it and it disappeared into the bushes. I then ran over to the others and asked if they saw what happen. What was weird was that they acted like they hadn't even seen me under the tree.
The priest in Confession told me that Mary was giving me a warning; however, he reminded me that she crushed his (devil) head and in the end, she will win.
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