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I was going back to my hut when suddenly a bandit jumped out on my way. He was going to hurt me. I thank the Virgin of the Solitude for giving me the courage to grab the pistol from the bandit and defend myself. I saved my life, after all I have three kids who totally depend on me.

Apolonia T. — Chihuahua, Mexico

Agustin Mendoza was doing acrobatic tricks on his monocycle, when a car ran a red light and hit him. He gives many thanks to the Child of Atocha because he only suffered a leg fracture and the guilty one is in the jail.

I went fishing in my boat like every other day, and, when I threw my net, suddenly a huge shark appeared and attacked me. I fervently asked San Charbel to help me and to give me the strength to defend myself, and thanks to his divine help I came out safe and sound from that great danger, because the shark went away after I wounded it.

Pedro Gonzalez / Gulf of California, Mexico

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Thanks for I didn’t go crazy when the pig spoke to me and demanded that I wouldn’t make pork carnitas anymore.

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Virgin of Guadalupe, I thank you for letting me find job as a prostitute in Merced. As you know, I do it out of necessity, so I ask you to look after me in this hard work thanks to which I can support my family.

Faviola the Fatty, Merced, Mexico City
December 12, 2009

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I thank you, Virgin of Carmel, because I managed to get out of hell where I stayed because I couldn’t stand my ex-wife.

Jasinto, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1969

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Some creatures from far away visited us, and also another snake being saved us.

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With this retablo, I testify my gratitude to Saint Paschal Baylon for giving a great taste to my dishes, especially to chiles en nogada which is one of my favorite dishes.

Puebla, 1925

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I wholeheartedly thank Saint Anthony of Padua for delivering my son Valentin from a love pain caused by an evil woman who cheated on him. That’s why he was spending all his time drinking. I was heart-broken. But thanks to the divine intervention, my boy is back to work now. He’s calm and peaceful now, and I bring this retablo for that.

Eduviges Salazar — Guanajuato, Mexico

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When I feel overwhelmed or sad, I have a perfect remedy. At night I go flying with night birds and bats. trying to reach for the moon. I glide in the wind and merge with the night and its creatures. I’m infinitely thankful to the Holy Spirit for teaching me how to fly and how to leave the problems behind.

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I make this retablo to thank Saints Emeterius and Celedonius who were helping me, for 4 years, with my shoulder injury which hurt so much. I thought I could never paint again. Although it still hurts, I can make painting for living. That’s why I want to ask Saint Lucy, patroness of the vision, to help me, Dario Ortiz, so I could keep on seeing everything I love to see.

Mexico City, April 2021

I thank Saint Charbel because he cured me from sleepiness and laziness that I suffered from.

Abelardo Cruz

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I, Fabian, went to buy 2 stellas, 2 santa emilianas and a six-pack of becker. When I left the liquor shop, my bag got broken and the bottles fell down on the ground in the presence of the people. That’s how God works. I give infinite thanks to Robert Powell for this miracle. I picked up the bottles and went to tell my father about it.

Av. La Serena, Good Friday 2021

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