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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    The word for today is "Christard"

    September 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  2. BrassMonkey

    When I was growing up, we had a lady down the street who claimed that a "vision" of the Virgin Mary spoke to her on the first Wednesday of every month (in her crappy, overgrown backyard). Within a few months she was drawing such a crowd that the police had to shut down streets for blocks.

    Of course she took up donations and invested the cash in hundreds of additional statues and shrines. Looked like a Catholic Sanford & Son!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      We had a Jehovah's Witness named gabbin Anne. It waas brutal.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  3. PHinMiami

    The Universe reveals 'clues', one needs to know how to 'listen'. Not necessarily a religious message, but a message, just the same.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Clues to what? Your scifi imagination?

      September 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • mark

      the message is 42

      September 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Al

      Sounds like an episode of Crossing Over. John Edward is that you?

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

      I always miss that one. I am better at picking up 11 and 39.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  4. The Incredulous

    So this is the way the universe works? Plop down a piece of concrete that resembles a 2000 year old woman in your yard and your house is spared while everybody else gets torched? If this is part of the way God's plan works, I'll pass.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  5. SCAtheist

    Jesus says Baptists taste better off the grill than Catholics

    September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Santa Claus

      Now is that Raptor Jesus? Or my bro Zombie Jesus

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

      Texas is where the dinos roamed with man, so I would say Raptor Jesus

      September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Kamasuthra

    My spell check doesn't work Mr. Pig.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  7. SCAtheist

    This is some kind of joke, right?

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • TexaStar

      Lol... Sadly, it's not a joke. They truly believe that piece of stone SHOULD have caught fire just like dry grass/wood.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  8. George

    How nice, they sent the fire to other houses. Guess their statues weren't as pretty or prayed to as often.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  9. DDM

    Yeah, and it stopped at a tree, at a doorstep, at a mosque, at a bank, at a playground, at a building – it will finally stop somewhere or burn forever, right? Meanwhile it went ahead and burned up plenty more homes, businesses, people, animals, trees, churches, etc during its natural course before stopping.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  10. Langor

    So this is what we have come to, needless ridicule of someone's miracle and faith. I suppose you will alll have the same level of ridicule if your mother survies breast cancer or your child some terrible illness. From a country of many beliefs it seems we have descended into believing nothing. I can't say that I am very religous man, but I really feel sad for our country after reading some of these comments.

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

      If my mother survived breast cancer it wouldn't be because I put a statutue in my front yard. If I ever claimed the statutue was the cure for cancer I would expect to be ridiculed.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Sorry, statue. I hate it when that happens.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Wes

      I think people's issue is that they don't want religion shoved down their throat. This shouldn't be on the front page of CNN. I'm glad this family had their house saved, and I don't think a piece of stone that was carved into a specific shape saved it.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • War Machine

      Well said. Spoken like a man of stature.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Martha

      Statues don't cure cancer...and statues don't stop fire, except for the fact they're made of clay and clay isn't really flammable. So because they're Catholic and worship statues, God saved them instead of the many others who were effected by the wildfires/ Give me a break! That sounds like devil worship to me!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Cardiac50

      Well. .actually if you claim some sort of divine intervention for the those things.. yes I suspect you'll get a goodly number of similar comments.. the utter gall and hubris that is inherent in this sort of claim is far more appalling than people expressing their disbelief in said statement.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • godless and happier than you

      Believe in what the evidence demonstrates not a fairy tale told to you before you could reason for yourself, and now that hopefully you have reasoning skills, reject any extraordinary claims for which there is no extraordinary evidence. Absence of evidence is evidence of absence when evidence should be there if this something actually existed.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  11. God

    They just got lucky. Mom called me in for dinner, so I put the magnifying glass down.

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

      Oh God! Whom do pray to (grace), before dinner! BTW, is your mom hot!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Holy Mary Mother of God.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  12. USmellLikePee

    Don't you have to put the Mary in a bath tub half sunken in your front yard in order for it to work? Maybe that is just an east coast thing...

    September 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  13. George

    The hardworking fire fighteres don't get any credit!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Epicurus

      I wonder how doctors, firefighters, EMTs, cops, and the like feel when God is given credit for their work?

      September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Martha

      We all just stand back, do nothing, and wait for God to put out the fires!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  14. kurtinco

    This proves beyond any doubt that God hates Texas.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Santa Claus

      HO HO HO

      Texas has been a very naughty state. There will be nothing but LifeTime Network movies in their stockings this year!

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

      Maybe he hates Republicans. Garcia is probably one of those lazy do-nothing Liberals.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • TexaStar

      Yeah, because it's the only place in the world going through a natural disaster... so smart you are.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  15. JF

    Okay, so God saved this family's home because they had a statue of the Virgin Marry in their yard. What were God's intensions when he allowed these churches to be destroyed by wildfire?

    Harrison Bethel Baptist Church in Oklahoma City was destroyed by wildfire, A church was destroyed by wildfire in Leon County, TX. First Baptist Church of Possum Kingdom Lake, TX was destroyed by wildfire. Two churches were destroyed by wildfire in Montgomery County Texas.

    If you're going to give God credit for saving this home then you have to give him/her credit for destroying these churches too.

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

      God is going crazy

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

      I do credit God with destroying churches and home is Texas. He is cleaning house. Time to sweep this tea party republican extremist crap infecting Texas under the rug and start over.

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

      Clearly they were the wrong types of churches – probably Mormons or Presbyterians. Duh!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • magnus

      Well-played. The family who put the statue must really think highly of themselves. Wow, god protected us. We must be special.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  16. Johan S

    There have been hundreds of fires and natural disasters where the virgin mary statue didnt stop anything .. how many churches were under water in louisiana .. in fact most of the time fires stop at a old tree stumps, toys, inanimate objects, or piles of dirt instead.. so, are piles of dirt more miraculous that virgin mary statues at tree stumps?

    September 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  17. Sybaris


    Family credits water for saving their house from wildfire!!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Hail Posiden!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Joe

    Come on people, live and let live.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  19. CrimsonSky

    Most of you sound sarcastic, mean spirited and totally lacking in spiritualism. If you don't understand something, don't automatically ridicule it. I'm not a church person but I believe in the power of faith and love, and, who knows, stangest things have happened.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Iowa Atheist

      What's to understand? 1400+ families and the communities they contained weren't pious enough to be saved, but this family was? How many of those other houses also had statues of Mary, crosses, and other prominently-displayed religious symbols?

      Faith and love don't stop fires.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • virtualgd

      Most of these comments are coming from liberals. From their words and actions you can conclude that these people are "spiritually dead".

      September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • William Demuth

      No they haven't silly man.

      You see it is all in their heads.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Sybaris


      Better to be spiritually dead than willfully ignorant.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Kamasuthra

    After the fire make sure that she did not loose her virginty

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

      You should learn how to spell before you start cracking jokes.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
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