Touched by an angel E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

Last month Barrington, Rhode Island  citizens attending the Mothers Against Drunk Driving candlelight vigil might have been surprised when Police Chief John M. LaCross welcomed the crowd by asking the auditorium of 400 or so to place their feet flat on the floor and close their eyes.According to a report in The Providence Journal by reporter Katie Mulvaney, Chief LaCross then guided them through an 11-minute meditation that entailed deep breathing, relaxation and a visualization of a loved one they had lost as music tinkled in the background.

He asked them keep their eyes closed and view a light: “As you get closer to the light, you notice a person is in the center waiting for you,” he told the group. “This person is your special loved one who has passed over into the Spirit World.”

“LaCross has guided families stricken by drunken driving through a meditation each year. His objective is to let them know they are not alone in their grief, that their loved one is always with them and hears their prayers,” Mulvaney reports.

Loss is a subject close to Chief LaCross. His older brother’s suicide in 1979 launched him on his spiritual journey.

LaCross’ brother Joseph took his own life at Wesleyan University, where the 20-year-old hockey player and psychology major stood months away from graduation. LaCross was a junior at the University of Rhode Island at the time.

“It made me always go on a quest to find out the truth. Is he alive?” LaCross said recently in his office as music softly played. His brother Joey’s photo looked down from the windowsill.

LaCross began exploring the world of psychics and mediums.

He attended a medium class led by Maureen Hancock more than a decade ago. Hancock sensed a presence. She described features that fit LaCross’ brother. Finally, LaCross raised his hand.

“It was your brother, wasn’t it?” Hancock said. “I said ‘Yes,’” he said.

“‘He’s with you. He’s with you every day. He’s your guardian angel,’” LaCross recalls her saying.

“For me that was life-changing,” LaCross said. “I just felt so connected to him.”

LaCross began as Barrington’s police chief in 2002. He came to the department from the Rhode Island State Police, where he had risen to second in command.


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