Rosary Brings ‘Miraculous’ Help
for Family in Napa Wildfire
(Editor's Note: Recently, one of our friends contacted us and told us about this story that she had read in the National Catholic Register. She sent us a copy and as I was having a dreadful time trying to lift the image of the article, I decided to try and google the article which I found and provide a link and the original newspaper clipping if you click on the image above! As Our Lady speaks for herself, I feel she needs no introduction on this matter! Let us give thanks to God for giving us such a wonderful gift as His Own Mother!!!)
NAPA, Calif. — As the wildfires devoured acreage in Northern California and were greedily heading for the Omlin home in Napa, the family came through unharmed in what they consider to be miraculous fashion.
Escaping with their lives with only minutes to spare, Drs. Kenny and Ninveh Omlin, their two children and Kenny’s parents and brother all survived. And they credit the Blessed Mother, the Rosary and St. Joseph for their safety.
Ninveh gave the Register a vivid timeline of harrowing events. About 10pm Oct. 8, as 2-week-old Jonah and 20-month-old Noah were sleeping peacefully and everyone else in the household was settling in for the night, the phone rang.
“No one calls around 10-ish unless something is wrong,” Ninveh said. Her nanny phoned to alert them that as she was driving back to her home, also in Napa, she saw a fire not far from the Omlins’ house. Looking outside, the couple could see no evidence of Atlas, as this wildfire was called, so they didn’t think much of it.
Then came a second call. Still, all the Omlins could see from their bedroom window was an orange glow in the sky.
Fleeing the Flames
Hours later, Ninveh recalled, “Looking out the window, Kenny turns to me and says, ‘We’ve got to go.’”
Immediately, Ninveh added, “He got his wedding ring, and I got mine.” She concentrated on getting the children in her car while Kenny ran to the in-law unit, where his parents, Karl and Kathy, and his brother, also named Karl, live. He aided his elderly parents and his brother, who has Down syndrome, out of the residence. It was 3am.
With the children safely in their car seats, Ninveh ran back into the house.
“I grabbed my pink rosary, which I had for years since medical school,” she said, “and some water and diapers for the kids.” She also scooped up their cat.
“I did not know about the situation with the Rosary and his mom,” Ninveh said, referring to how, during their evacuation to Kenny’s car and in the car, Kathy was praying.
Once everyone was in the cars, they drove to the property’s gates — and beheld the inferno. “It really was scary to see a fire rage that way,” Ninveh said. “It was out of this world — shocking.”
As Kathy continued praying the Rosary, Ninveh called her mother, Shimeran: “Mom, please pray.” Shimeran started praying, and people began messaging that they, too, were praying. “What a support system it was to have that,” Ninveh said.
But the electronic gate wouldn’t open — the electricity had gone out.
Providentially, a month before, a repairman showed Kenny how to manually unlock and crank the gates open.
“Everybody was praying the Rosary,” Kenny said, as he opened the gates.
The next stop was to get to the house of the family’s nanny, who had first alerted them. It was 4am. “Kenny’s mom was sitting there and still had the rosary beads in her hands,” Ninveh said. “Her lips were moving, praying.” Kathy never stopped praying.
Prayer has always been a must-have for Kathy, especially the Rosary.
“Any time there is anything I’m not able to grasp or figure out or I get stressed about, I start praying the Rosary,” Kathy explained. “The Rosary has always been my comfort, working through any challenge that came up.”
Amazing Events Continue
Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reported that more than 51,000 acres in the area burned, as scores of homes were destroyed. Days later, when the Omlins returned home to assess the damage, they found their home virtually untouched. The in-law unit was untouched, too.
In one large area, the fire raced up to their wire deer fencing, and then, for no explicable reason, the flames just stopped. Ninveh attributed the outcome to “Kenny’s mom praying and my mom praying.”
(Part 2 of Newspaper article click on photo below or https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/7336/files/Napa_black_madonna_2.pdf?8143366396824110410)
Kenny believes their house was saved by the Rosary, too.
Enter St. Joseph. Ninveh recalled that, before leaving the property, “I prayed to St. Joseph, imagining him stopping the fire and drawing a line in the sand that said: ‘Do not cross.’”
“On one side of the fence, everything was black,” Ninveh said with amazement. “And on the other side, nothing.”
She recounted her family’s devotion to St. Joseph as well as “always being close to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The devotion had close connections to her own birth and those of her two siblings.
Her mother sought intensely the intercession of St. Joseph and Our Lady to be able to have children.
Ninveh recounted that in her mother’s “dreams she saw the Virgin Mary speaking to her but couldn’t understand her. Shortly after that, she conceived me.”
Ninveh and Kenny grew up in faith-filled homes and have made theirs faith-filled, too — the Omlins express their faith on their property by having a large statue of the Blessed Mother on the grounds near their house.
“The statue stands at the fire line,” Kenny said. “She is charred. All the structures are unscathed.”
“Our Virgin Mary statue looked like the Black Madonna,” Ninveh added. “In front of her, it’s still green. There was a tree next to her that was on fire and fell on the roof of the in-law unit, but nothing burned. To see the statue of the Virgin Mary standing there with the ash on her like the Black Madonna gives me goosebumps. It’s the power of prayer.”
Part 2 on the Rosary...
"The Rosary is the Chain of Gold that links our hearts to the heart of Our Mother"
(Quote taken from the walls of the Conceptionist Monastery in Quito, Ecuador)
On the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary we turn to Our Lady with increased confidence as we remember the victory over the Sultan at the naval battle of Lepanto by Christian princes led by Don John of Austria in October of 1571, and the victory over countless hordes of Turks at Pétervárad in Hungary in the battle led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, 1716. Here is the story of the birth of this Feastday as it is told in the Lessons in the Breviary on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Amended text of the English text of the Officium Divinum) (http://divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/horas/officium.pl)
From this healthy exercise have grown up numberless good fruits in the Christian Commonwealth. Among these deserved to be named is that great victory over the Sultan of Turkey, which, and the Christian Princes, whom the most holy Pope Pius V. had roused, won at Lepanto, in October 1571 The day whereon this victory was gained was the very one whereon brethren of the Guild of the most holy Rosary, throughout the whole world, were used to offer their accustomed prayers and appointed supplications, and the event therefore was not unnaturally connected therewith. This being the avowed opinion of Gregory XIII., he ordered that in all Churches where there was, or should be, an Altar of the Rosary, a Feast, in the form of a Greater Double, should be kept for ever upon the first Lord’s Day of the month of October, to give unceasing thanks to the Blessed Virgin, under her style of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, for that extraordinary mercy of God. Other Popes also have granted almost numberless indulgences to those who say the Rosary, and to those who join its Guilds.
In the year 1716, Charles VI., Elect-Emperor of the Romans, won a famous victory over countless hordes of Turks, , in the kingdom of Hungary, upon the day when the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of St Mary of the Snows was being kept, and almost at the very moment when the brethren of the Guild of the most holy Rosary were moving through the streets of Rome in public and solemn procession, amid vast multitudes, all filled with the deepest enthusiasm, calling vehemently upon God for the defeat of the Turks, and entreating the Virgin Mother of God to bring the might of her succour to the help of the Christians. A few days later, (upon the Octave of the Feast of the Assumption,) the Turks raised the siege of Corfu. These mercies Clement XI. devoutly ascribed to the helpful prayers of the Blessed Virgin, and that the memory and the sweetness of such a blessing might for all time coming endure gloriously, he extended to the whole Church the observance of the Feast of the most holy Rosary, for the same day and of the same rank, as it had already been in the places before mentioned.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, help us with our prayers!