The mesmerizing saga in the Atacama Desert, Chile, was biblical in many respects. In such challenging times, the success in retrieving the 33 miners and rescuers provided a worldwide spiritual uplift of substantial proportions.
Not surprisingly, the New York Post reports that some of the miners got closer to God:
Ricardo Villaroel -- the 28th miner to be pulled to safety on Wednesday night -- said he was in the first part of the area where the Aug 5. mine collapse took place.
Despite the tough living conditions, Villaroel credited his fellow miners and God for giving him the strength to survive.
"We had a boss and every day he would tell us we had to be strong and they ask us and we didn't have hope," he said. "Strength comes from internal energy and prayer and I never use to pray, here I learned to pray. I got closer to God.