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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. coder

    religion – man's worst creation

    September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Snap Dragon

      Burned a lot of women and started a lot of wars that killed people. The news media loves that.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  2. Bible Bob, Knight of Infallibillibabbity

    I just cannot imagine that the fire would have stopped because there were no more combustible materials – it must have been the statue! Praise Jesus and his mum!

    If only all those people who lost houses in the fires had one of these statues, everything would have been fine!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  3. Orville

    Praise the Lord; now get back to work.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Snap Dragon

      Lord give me another Virgin!!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  4. Zulu

    The Christian News Network, or CNN as we know it has a hard time deciphering fact from opinion. I am glad there is a Belief Blog section, as it continues to reaffirm why I stay the Hell away from believers and ridicule them at every opportunity. But this is an opinion piece, and badly constructed at that.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Now if they would clean up the on air junk where they report religion like it was fact.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Snap Dragon

      Religion is for people who does not know how to live and have to have a preacher begging for money tell them. Fact, not fantasy

      September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  5. mommytoane

    A statue didn't save anything. But people have to have reasoning for things....and for most logical reasoning isn't what they want. In the end, people will believe what they want and stick by their beliefs. Granted, its more proof that many of the people in the world are insane. But, at least its harmless....for now.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Religion is not harmless of course.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  6. Johnny

    After seeing an image of the Virgin Mary in a slice of toast, I realized that a pimple I had was gone.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • JohnR

      That little dollop of butter? That wasn't butter. Sorry.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  7. Lisa

    The people that are condemning this story obviously do not understand or appreciate the Power of God.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Observer

      Do you mean God's power to have prevented ALL of the damage throughout Texas?

      September 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      The power of God to get off on burning billions of souls in a lake of fire forever – yes those same souls he created. Now that is sick my friend.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Power of God

      Wasn't that a lousy 80s song from Huey Lewis and the News?

      September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Snap Dragon

      Some people seem to know the difference between facts and fantasy. But I did have a Virgin once and she is still with me after 34 years.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Less Bias

      Then what insight would you offer to the thousands of others who lost their homes to this blaze? Surely there were others (including churches) which had similar religious adornments, yet those homes and buildings still burned to the ground.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Snap Dragon

      Well I hope she wasn't a statue 🙂

      September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  8. Anne

    "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith; no explanation is possible" Thomas Aquinas

    " All who call on God in true faith earnestly from the heart will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired" Martin Luther

    These people had faith not for themselves but for their neighbors as well that God would help them and He did! Praise God!!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • rich

      Tell that to the other 1300+ families that lost their homes... you guys crack me up...

      September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Thomas Aquinas was a 13th century con man.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • JF

      So the other homes and the two churches in their county that did burn did so because those people did not have enough faith? You want to give praise and be enslaved by this deity?

      September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Colin

      Anne, 2 points.

      First, you say: "To one without faith; no explanation is possible."

      Not so. Presented with evidence of miraculous intervention, any thinking atheist would consider it. For example, an angel descending over the fire and snufffing it out for all Texas to see, would be powerful evidence to me of your sky-god. We just will not extrapolate such extraordinary, magic creatures from the fortuitous location of a $20 piece of painted plaster.

      Second, you say, " All who call on God in true faith earnestly from the heart will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired" Martin Luther."

      Please tell that to the Christian parents of the US soilders killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. You don't think they prayed to [the Christian] god for their child's safe return every night they were over there.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Colin

      Not to mention the 2800 some odd Christians who where SCREAMING Jesus' name while Allah roasted them alive on 9-11

      September 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  9. Christopher

    I do look at us as one coolective. The inability to do that is what breeds such egotistical rantings and condemnation. And no...im not talking about Elenin...that is a smoke screen. There is something bigger following it that mainstream science is not talking about.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  10. StatuesofMaryareIdols

    Anyone that believes that statue stopped the fire worships idols. And what does the Bible say about idol worshippers? Get a grip!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • muslim

      peace be upon you,

      that is correct any one that bows, worships, believe in any status or anyone else but the unseen creator is an idol worshiper. I am glad to hear that believers are seeing that these status are misleading lots of believers from the true message.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  11. WhatWhatWhat?

    That's where the fire stopped. It usually stops somewhere. Especially in Texas, people will sit there and delude themselves into believing a piece of porcelain from a Mexican border crossing vendor is what did it. It's amazing that we've made any progress at all in the last 200 years.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  12. gupsphoo

    Thank God for saving our house, while destroying a great number of other people's houses.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Debbie

      Yep. I saw the same thing in New Orleans after Katrina. People would credit their virgin Mary statue for saving most of their house. But, right next door, another house with a virgin Mary statue was completely destroyed. Great logic.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  13. J.R.

    Is that B.S. I smell?

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  14. Explain?

    So Dale, thanks for offering your theories. We're still waiting on the actual scientific explanation of what really happened that day.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Dale

      If you can't understand what I wrote or do not have the scientific background to know that fires need fuel, heat, oxygen to burn and that the more you have of those ingredients, the better the fire will burn, then I do not have enough time/space here to teach you.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      I can't explain to you how a nuclear submarine works but I know that the answer is not a virgin mary statue. Keeping waiting for your proof while the rest of humanity evolves.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Snap Dragon

      Dale, that is why Christians burn women at the stake. They had wood for a stake or cross, oxygen and they lit the fire.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  15. Gerald

    As far as I know, everyone has the right to believe however one sees fit. I don't know of ANYONE who could MAKE an atheist believe in G_d. So i do not understand why an atheist would EVER claim that we believers are trying to force them to believe as well. Its not allowed in this country and so atheists should quit whining about that. Nobody is forcing anyone to believe anything.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Observer

      Gerald,

      "why an atheist would EVER claim that we believers are trying to force them to believe as well."

      So does this mean no more whining about not having the Ten Commandments in government buildings? No more whining about prayers at public events?

      September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      "why an atheist would EVER claim that we believers are trying to force them to believe as well."

      silly me i thought people kept trying to put prayer into schools, or add intelligent design to text books, making laws banning various ideas on religious grounds.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Thank you Cedar, you beat me to it!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Gerald

      It means no more whining period. Most people who are religous believe me doesn't give a damn whether you believe or not.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • MnTaxpayer

      Quite right Gerald, no one is forcing anyone to believe anything directly, but in this country if one chooses not to believe and says so publically, he better be prepared for the consequences, such as having virtually no chance of ever being elected to any public office. And evevn though it would be illegal to discrminate agianst a non-believer, I would not reccomend mentioning it to a prosepctive employer. Illegal for them to ask? Yes, but also perfectly legal to include your religious affilaitions on your resume as a selling point.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Gerald

      That is an unfortunate fact. But again, many of us do not feel that way.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Great! No more whining, that;s what we want to hear. Now, if you could get all the other believers to stop with the school prayer, unintelligent design, and the religious restrictions and all that, then we can really eliminate the whining. Thanks Gerald!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      If I saw a resume with religious affiliations on it, I would never hire that person.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Gerald..my insurance company has accepted an "act of god" as an excuse to not pay up on certain damages. See your myths do affect us all.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Not to mention the unavilability of contraceptives, procedures and family planning in general.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Gerald

      evolvedDNA: Change insurance companies. Why cry to me?

      September 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Drew

      "It means no more whining period. Most people who are religous believe me doesn't give a damn whether you believe or not."

      Oh then by all means lets petition to get "IN God We Trust" off our currency!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Craiga

      I'd prefer not to ask for the courts deity to 'so help me' tell the truth at jury duty. Separation of church and state will only occur with the separation of church and people.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  16. Christopher

    You know...if the world were to end today...we would simply need to revisit these posts to ascertain why. We dont respect each other. But millions of ants can build colonies rtight under our feet...and we think were superior. Were somebodies sick joke!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You do know ants are cannibalistic right?

      Does that mean we should be?

      September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      It's hard to show respect for religious delusion. Maybe we should have respect for Hitler, or Ghadaffi because they're human. Just because someone is breathing doesn't mean that they're right in the head, and that they should deserve respect.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  17. Zeke2112

    LOL. I wonder how many homes full of crosses, owned by devout people were burned to the ground in the fires. Funny how one fluke is miraculous and the rest of the devastation is just "an unfortunate tragedy."

    September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Alan Canon

    So let me get this straight....a statue saved a home from destruction by God. So all the others killed or losing property because of the wildfires did so because the DIDN'T have the same statue? How heartless can one be?

    I respect people too much to respect their idiotic religious beliefs.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  19. LiberalChristianNJ

    As a liberal... I've always been amazed at the number of Atheists that take such a venomus dislike of Christianity. I have no issue with you believing in nothing... as long you let me believe in something. The theory I have is that the Conservative evangelize in the name of Christ but on behalf of Mammon have ruined it for the rest of us. Christ is the biggest bleeding heart liberal I can think of.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Huh?

      Christ a liberal? Strange sense of what it means to be a liberal!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Read the OT with that honest heart of yours, and tell me you're still a liberal.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • LiberalChristianNJ

      No.. just fact... not some ravings of some pulpit revisionist preacher. The words of Christ. Nothing he has said smacks of Conservatives. He paid for that with his life...

      September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Ben

      Christ+god was a dictator, according to the bible stories. Can hardly call a dictator liberal, really. As-shole would be a better category.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • JoeB

      Yes William Demuth. He was actually more socialist. Feeding the poor, helping the needy, renouncing all possessions, free health care. Those all sound like liberal/socialist ideals to me.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • LiberalChristianNJ

      "Christ+god was a dictator, according to the bible stories." I'd like to hear some of those stories... What I know as fact is that he accepted people not like him... said even murderers were worthy of redemption and forgiveness.. said to hate the sin and love the sinner... you know the stuff Conservatives like to forget every day.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • William Demuth

      JoeB

      So Stalin was a liberal?

      PLEASE understand terms before you use them.

      Jesus was a RADICAL, who overthrew the sitting government and help to create a theocracy in Rome that upon its collapse drove the world into the dark ages causing the misery and suffering of countless generations.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • LiberalChristianNJ

      "who overthrew the sitting government and help to create a theocracy" That's quiet a compliment. A man that preached for 3 years, was an uneducated carpenter, and murdered did that ? You call it luck all you want... I call it divine intervention.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • William Demuth

      LiberalChristianNJ

      Christ murdered someone?

      Jeez. this guys rep gets worse by the minute.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • William Demuth

      "who overthrew the sitting government and help to create a theocracy" That's quiet a compliment. A man that preached for 3 years, was an uneducated carpenter, and murdered did that ? You call it luck all you want... I call it divine intervention.
      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Well you got me their, he was about as qualified as Ronald Reagan

      September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • The Real Ben

      @ Willie
      If the theocracey Jesus helped to have create, sent the world into the dark ages, I created the universe. It was everyone elses inability to get together, live in harmony and work away that caused the suffering for generations. Stop looking for ways to bash Jesus. Jesus was a million times cooler than you, and I hate organized religions.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Of course Ben, I shall wipe my mind clean for your imaginary sky freind.

      Odds are good Christ is a COMPLETE fabrication with no historical reality behind the fable.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  20. Cheryl Kent

    I was liviing iin Burbank, CA, on Lincoln and Kenneth Road, just down the street from Horace Mann Elementary, when the wild fire was rampaging across the San Bernadino mountains sometime around 1965. Villa Cabrini Academy School for Girls was just over the ridge and on top of this ridge was a small white chaplel surrounded by a chain link fence. The entire top of this ridge was burned, but NOT the chapel nor the grass inside the chain link fence. This is true. So, don't kill the messenger.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Janet

      That is a great–and a very believable–story, Cheryl Kent! Love it!!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Johnny

      So? That's not proof that a saint or the Virgin Mary had anything to do with it.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I was once living in NYC in the 70's when all the doors on ALL the mausoleums in the local grave yard were stolen EXCEPT for the steel ones with the big crucifix.

      The other ones were brass, and worth 11 cents a pound!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ben

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/07/crane-collapses-at-washingtons-national-cathedral/

      "god" let it happen...

      September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Colin

      I was in DC a couple of weeks ago when the earthquake struck. Main damage was to the national cathederal. A week later, a crane repairing it fell over. It cuts both ways. There is no sky-god directing flames around religious monuments.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
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