September 9th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Family credits Virgin Mary statue for saving their house from wildfire

(CNN)– Wildfires are raging in Texas.  At the Garcia's home in Montgomery County, Texas the fire line comes right up to a statue of the Virgin Mary.  The family tells CNN affiliate KTRK they believe the statue helped saved their home.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Texas • United States • Virgin Mary

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  1. Brian A.

    Lou is my co-pilot.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  2. MaxBart

    This is a very uplifting story during a tragic time for many in Texas. It sends a wonderful message of hope and certainly strengthens my faith.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • streetcar01

      OK, If you are not a troll you would explain how this strengthened your faith. Let's hear it.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Floyd

    Most Virgin Mary statues are made either of plaster or plastic. I doubt that either a plastic or plaster statue can stop a fire, unless there's a very good fire extinguisher inside the statue.

    For now I'll go with the "spaghetti monster fire extinguisher" idea.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • KC Observer

      Hail His Noodlieness! hmmm, that statue is kind of in midget form....

      September 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  4. mike

    of course they do

    September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  5. Shachar

    Nun in a bun and now this? Lawdy, lawdy give me a break.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  6. Tony

    Now CNN – let's do a little investigative reporting on how many Virgin Mary statues were burned in the fires. I'm fairly certain at least a couple had to have been....

    September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Jesusismyidol

      And the ones that did burn, no one said a prayer for before leaving. Prayers are answered but you have to sincerely pray. This family is full of faith and they were not let down.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • keith


      Yet all those prayers for rain went unanswered. How odd....

      September 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Flash


      How dare you say such a thing... you superst.itious little creep!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Jesusismyidol

      We don't know what God has in store for us, this country, continent or earth. That is God's plan.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • streetcar01

      @ Jesusismyidol :
      If you don't know what god has in plan for us, how do you know that the burned Mary statues had no one pray for them, or that this family's prayers are even why the fire stopped.
      You are arrogant to claim such knowledge.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • mimi

      And how exactly do YOU know what those people did or didn't do before they were forced to flee?

      September 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  7. Peter

    I have rainbow flags plastered all over my home and properety – and can truthfully say I have NEVER had a wildfire destroy my stuff!!!


    Geeze – theists are so gullible and childish. It really is pathetic.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Johnny


      September 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  8. KellyinCA

    It certainly seems as though the house, by all logic, should not be standing now. Yet, there it is. Whether it is a miracle by the Vatican's definition remains to be seen, but it clearly is to a family who had no reason logically to believe that, in an area of such devastation, the fire would not engulf their home as well. Whatever the rabid anti-theists and anti-Catholic rabbles may have to say, faith in this instance does not appear to have been misplaced and this family, for whatever reason, was spared the heartache of losing their home.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      pity that the same 'miracle' didnt occur to the woman and 18 month old baby that burnt to death in their house last week.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Christopher

    I don't have a problem with anyone's religious idiology...but i think its time to admit that atheisim has become a new religion. they're trying harder to recruit "non-believers" as agressively as other religions want to recruit "believers". And yet both have beliefs...LOL

    September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Do you consider school teachers who teach math and science to be "recruiting" children too?

      September 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • fryin'fish

      I am not an "atheist" but I support most efforts to loosen Christianity's grip on our society. Christian dominance is fading out, thank God.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      get many athiests banging on your door to introduce you to the idea on no god do you?

      September 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • mimi

      I don't know about anyone else, but I have never had an athiest knock on my door at dinner time and ask if I know god. Nor have I ever had an athiest stick their foot in my door when I asked them politely several times to leave, and try to explain how hell will be for me. I am sick of "christians" acting like everyone else is shoving things down their throat, yet don't see those poison filled souls knocking on my door at 8am.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  10. Langor

    It seems pretty clear from the insignifiact size of this article that CNN intended to demean religion, religous beliefs and create a forum for religion bashing. I can't say that I've ever seen a 2 sentence CNN article, but I can give you a 2 word response; You suck.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  11. Jesusismyidol

    Let the dead bury the dead people. We know where we will be after death and where they wont. It is our job to help try save them and if we can't alone, bring a couple others and try, and if that doesn't work, let the dead bury the dead. For Jesus is a Lord and Savior. The door is narrow and only a few will find it. I plan on being one of the few. As the man in the video said, we prayed here right before we left. Their prayers were answered. God Bless Texas. The Virgin Mary's birthday is September 8. Hallelujah.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Firstly, if you don't remember a thing before you were born then you're not going to remember Jesus or anything else after you are dead. Fact. Secondly, it is not your job to "save" anyone. That's exactly why people are slowly rejecting religion and coming to their senses.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Jesusismyidol

      My pee will be Holy. Educate yourself before replying. Read a book, then comment. And I do know Jesus. Maybe we can help you be born again so that you can see Jesus. I'm not here to for a back n forth with you. I'm at peace with myself.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Johnny

      USmellLikePee: It's so funny how you can be so correct and so incorrect at the same time. People should reject religion and choose God. God does not want your religion – He wants you! All of you. The good and the bad.

      And no, it's not our job to "save" anyone. It's our job to let you know the truth via God's Word. It's God's job to save you. He loves you and is willing to give you a blank slate and start over again...if you will let Him. It's your job / decision to let Him.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      @ Johnny, your slow friend, jesusismyidol claims that it IS the job of religious peoples to "save" others. That's another big flaw with religion, no one knows for sure what their god wants. Everything is a guess or an interpretation. The answers change whenever it serves to prove a point. Your answer regarding god not wanting religion is just symantics. Worshiping a deity is religion.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Jesusismyidol

      SAVE was the wrong word. I can admit it. And Johnny is correct, "And no, it's not our job to "save" anyone. It's our job to let you know the truth via God's Word. It's God's job to save you. He loves you and is willing to give you a blank slate and start over again...if you will let Him. It's your job / decision to let Him."

      September 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @Jesusismyidol: You said, "He loves you and is willing to give you a blank slate and start over again...if you will let Him."

      if he's all-powerful etc etc, then why does he need me to let him do...anything?

      He wants to give me a "blank slate?" Cool, go ahead. If he's p1ssed off about something, then he's the one that's gotta get over it. I don't see why I need to be involved.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  12. wizbang

    Guess we will all see when we die who was right. If the atheists are, then we're all OK. But if the Christians are and you do not believe in Jesus and the Bible, you're toast – literally. Guess I'll take my chances with Jesus.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      No one is stopping you from your own stupidity.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • streetcar01

      I don't know. I think Zeus is more likely the correct god to believe in. I think I'll take my chances with him. Or maybe Allah, etc...
      There are probably thousands of gods you don't believe in. I think you are in as much trouble as the atheists.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Like most people when they use that argument wizbang you are leaving out a 3rd option.......there is a god but its not the one you are praying too and you will be just as screwed as the rest of us. You had better start worshipping them all to be safe.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'you're toast – literally'
      ignoring the whole 'and he loves you' hypocrisy that raises, why exactly is that? why create a system of life whose purpose seems to be where you will go after death? why have it? I mean the norse at least had a best warriors go to valhalla to fight in the final battle when it arrives but what is the point of the heaven and hell afterlife?

      September 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @Cedar Rapids: You raise a good point, and it leads me to another question. What if my idea of paradise doesn't jive with someone else's?

      For example, let's say I'm harboring this unrequited love for a woman over the course of many, many years; and my idea of heaven would be to spend eternity with her.

      ON THE OTHER HAND, she doesn't have that same opinion, and would rather spend her version of eternity with her kids from a loveless marriage.

      HOWEVER, her kids really aren't that fond of her, blame her for their father's tragic suicide and really don't want to spend another second in her company, let alone forever.

      So do we each get our own version of heaven populated with watered-down dopplegangers of the people we'd like to have there? That seems weird.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  13. Santa Claus

    I have a Notre Dame flag flying outside my house, and I've never had any sort of disaster!


    September 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • jjb123

      Yeah, the Lord feels you have suffered enough flying that piece...

      September 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Johnny

      Santa Claus: That must have hurt! Ouch!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  14. Kyle

    Oh I see, that family must be special to be one of the few who were spared. You'd think they'd be wondering why god started the fire, or at least allowed the fire to start and spread in the first place. God starts fires, Jesus and Mary run around putting them out. Makes perfect sense. Theists are many things, but logical they're not.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  15. so ?

    Is it possible the fire stopped and someone put the statue there after? Some poor texas family just wants to be on the news i take it. Lame story CNN ,,,,, id rather read about gaddaffi's abused nanny any day.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  16. Sencho

    Seriously? A tacky lawn virgin?! Some people will do or say anything to get their names in the news.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  17. Reality

    When does this idiocy stop!!! Mary was not the mother of any god and definitely was not a virgin.

    An important passage from Professor JD Crossan:

    "When I look a Buddhist friend in the face, I cannot say with integrity, "Our story about Jesus' virginal birth is true and factual. Your story that when the Buddha came out of hismother's womb, he was walking, talking, teaching and preaching (which I must admit is even better than our story)-that's a myth.

    We have the truth; you have a lie." I don't think that can be said any longer, for our insistence that our faith is a fact and that others' faith is a lie is, I think, a cancer that eats at the heart of Christianity"

    September 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Burbank

      Very true, Mary was made a vigrin by political decision at the Council of Nicea and still the Pope and various Protestant religious aurhorities continue the 'BIG LIE" in order to control and oppress women. Whatever happened to "Thall shalt not lie?"

      September 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  18. Pag-ibig

    Yesterday, September 8 was Mama Mary's birthday. Coincidence?

    September 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  19. Christopher

    Alot of great comments you all. my only question is why does it bother so many of you that some of these people believe in the Virgin Mary or Jesus or whatever? Isnt the fabric of this country based on freedom of religion? Is their belief somehow impeding your life? Live your own lives and let the religious folk live theirs...everybody's happy.


    September 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      And are the opinions impeding their lives???????
      Come on people lets focus and understand freedoms

      September 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Laughing

      Keep in mind that for this specifc article you now have atheists saying its ridiculous that a fire woul spare a house because it has a statue and conversly you have believers saying everything from god not choosing to do this to praying to the virgin mary is tantamount to idol worship. The real question is who it bothers more

      September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Brian

      First, it is entertaining.
      Second, it is bothering because praise for such behavior makes it seem as if it is more important to protect yourself with statues and prayers than with knowledgeable people, the correct tools and appropriate actions that can mean the difference between life and death.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  20. mc

    I live in Texas and have a flying spaghetti monster on my car. My house is fine, as is my entire COUNTY – fires didn't come CLOSE! ALL BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!!!! He can kick Mary's BUTT!!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Pag-ibig

      What a pathetic comment.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Richard D

      Amazing comment!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Burbank


      September 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Mork

      Haha...makes as much sense as the virgin lady who gave birth to the son of the magic man who lived in the sky.

      At least spaghetti is real. I had some for dinner recently.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • keith

      All hail his noodleness.


      September 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Carnal is as carnal does.


      September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      You do know that your savior mast ur bat ed.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
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