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The Blessed Sacrament and the Statue of Virgin Mary stood untouched amidst rubble caused by the Earthquake in Ecuador


The Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary housed at the the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador was found intact in her glass casing in the midst of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck around the statue reducing every other building and structure around into rubble.
A nun whose a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in Guayaquil told CNA in a report that the school run by her congregation, and that the Virgin Mary is the patroness of the Oblates. She that the rest of the “sisters cannot get over their amazement,” .
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Sister María del Carmen Gómez of the community in Manta, told CNA saying:
“Not only did the Virgin remain intact in its grotto, but also my Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,” Sister Gómez said.
“The Blessed Sacrament was in a small chapel at the entrance to the school and was buried. We found it intact together with some liturgical objects used for the Eucharistic celebration and another smaller statue of Our Lady of Light.” she added
The devastating Earthquake happened on 16th April which was declared as the worst ever in Ecuador; leaving over 600 people dead and thousands injured.


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  1. Tom and Patrick, I bless God today for yor life because inspite yor abnegation, you stil quest for the Truth and I pray it ain’t too late when you find what you seek and God forever be merciful. I sense fear in you and that is why in the lost world you created for yourself you dont want to be alone so you strive as much as possible to pull as many people in with you so you would feel the comfort of “i am not alone”. If LIFE was all a certainty then the word FAITH wont exist. God’s ways aint man’s ways. So weither you believe in the TRUTH of God’s existence or not, it wont change it from being what it is. May God forever Bless and watch over you as he has been doing from yor very first formation as a sperm till now.
    Lastly, Science is nothing but the study of God’s creation. I wish u ponder and write an article on that for man has STUDIED and CREATED but has neva given LIFE to a lifeless object coz only God gives life.

  2. Scientifically, we have Eucharistic, the body of Christ, miracles where a host turns into blood, and when examined, IS blood with the tissue typing as heart tissue. The sky opened up and the ground rumbled when Jesus died….I guess those events do not convince you, but they do me. You have no scientific PROOF that God does NOT exist. I read and read about my religion, and love it more and more every day. I red that we Catholics and the Orthodox are not the only ones that believe in the true presence…so do SATAN worshipers….. They KNOW, like we do, that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. I will pray for you and for your soul tonight before I go to bed.

  3. In such a devastating earthquake, the real “miracle” would be no loss of human life and only a statue ruined. I realize we don’t live in a disaster-free world, but I cringe at these kinds of stories. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because they never report how many churches WERE destroyed, along with all their tabernacles. Don’t get me wrong, if I was one of those sisters I’d be grateful too, as much as if my own home was spared in a disaster. But we need to keep these things in proper perspective, out of respect for all the mourners.

  4. Mr Raferty
    We as catholics do believe in eternal life.
    The happening of supernatural events such as the ones heralded in this article, hint To us that the hundreds of victims are not in no man’s land, but in the hands of God.

  5. Why even reply if you do not believe, Mr. Gannon and Mr. Rafferty? We Catholics have our faith, and to many of us, that is enough. That is your right not to believe, and I respect that so please reciprocate. We agree to disagree. So what? What if we are wrong? Then in the end, when we die, it will be over. But what if you are wrong? Eternity is a long time….Regardless, I will pray for you both, and please respect my right to do so. Good luck and well wishes to you both in this funny trip called life. Thank-you.

  6. @tom without suffering there would be no compassion. If we all live in a disaster-free world then whats the purpose of Faith and suffering? We wouldn’t care if there is a God or not.
    These are miracles to enlighten us that this is JUST a physical world, and in the end it is not our goal ir destination rather to be with Him in heaven. Saving the inanimate object doesnt mean he cares for that object rather he cares to the people, this miracle is to give HOPE to the people that He is there with them and that makes the people who have forgotten Him and go back to the faith.

  7. Saints are not Gods. They are not worshipped. We pray not to them but thru their intercession. The greatness of God is the miracle that it is still standing when everything else was ruined. Do you truly believe that a Christian or anyone for that matter, would value an objects above human life? Does the article state anything of that nature? I pray one day hate amongst humans dies.

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