As Texan residents battle with the ruins from the hurricane Harvey crisis, the Rojas family seems to have found hope amidst their material losses.
The hurricane did not just cause disastrous flooding and winds; it also caused electrical fires in several places. The Rojas family, residents of Robstown, west of Corpus Christi, were victims of the fire.
Heeding the warning by the authorities, the Rojas family evacuated 3 of their houses to ensure the safety of their lives. On their return they discovered everything else was gone except the statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) which were unharmed.
According to Catholic News Agency, the family found the bigger statue standing and a smaller statue of the BVM completely intact.
The sight of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statue standing in the midst of the destroyed properties gave the family hope. In cases like this it is easy to question and doubt the efficacy of one’s faith and trust in God. But on the contrary, the holy surprise gave the family the hope they needed at this time.
Natali Rojas, in an interview with CNN said:
“Some blame God and others blame the hurricane, but the only thing left standing here were holy things.”
“As you can see this statue is the only one that survived.”
She went on to share a message of hope for everyone.
“Appreciate what you have, listen to the warnings, hug your children and thank God for today and yesterday, and pray for a better tomorrow.”
Natali’s father, Jesus Rochas also shares the sentiments of his daughter and believes this is yet another opportunity for his family to be a model of hope for the victims of the Harvey crisis.
“I dug around here looking for things and all I found was the Virgin Mary.”
“I believe that throughout my life I’ve suffered a lot, we were migrants. We worked all of our lives in fields and trying to show our families how to stay strong, how to believe in God and keep everybody together as a family.”
Jesus Rojas expressed his gratitude to the local fire department whom in the middle of the Harvey crisis took the risk of putting out the fire.
“I wanna thank the Fire Department of Robstown for courage to show up in the storm while the tremendous power, the wind, the rain were going and they were still out here trying their best. It was incredible.”
This will not be the only time the statue of the Virgin Mary has survived natural disasters.
In 2012, after the Hurricane Sandy devastated Breezy Points, Queens, New York with floods, winds and fires, a statue of the BVM was left standing in the midst of the rubble.
In 2016, the BVM statue was found intact after an Earthquake in Ecuador.
Another time was on May 1, 2017. Multiple tornadoes had hit the East Texas area. While Saint John the Evangelist Church in Emory was destroyed, the BVM statue survived alongside other church members.