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Every time my husband and I went to the beach, he always stared at the girls in bikini. I couldn’t stand it. I thank Saint Charbel because my husband stopped being a creepy old man and now I have no problems going on vacation with him.

Inés Benavides
Cancun, Quintana Roo

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One quiet evening, I was fishing and fell asleep. I don’t now if it was true or in my dream, when I saw a beautiful mermaid who wanted to kiss me. But in a moment I couldn’t see her.

Playa Bonita, Mexico
Amador Ramires — June 25, 1976

I got a job as a popular dinosaur Barnaby. I couldn’t imagine the worst that would happened. At every children-party I was sent the kids used to kick me and do dirty tricks on me all the time. I thank Saint Jude Thaddeus for I finally found another job which is more quiet and safe for me.

Pedro Cortez
Campeche, Mexico

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My sister and I, we are widows with no children. We were a little bit lonely so we began to adopt some dogs which were abandoned by people because they were injured, or little bit aggressive, or restless. Then we realized there are thousands of dogs on the streets. So we opened a shelter where the dogs could live until some caring and responsible people adopted them. We thank Saint Francis for filling our lives.

Regina was about to fall from the roof while playing with her kite, but you saved her from falling.

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Two bandits got in the Chong Nakamura’s house while he was at home. But Chong could resist the assault with his samurai sword. He thanks Saint James with this retablo for he didn’t get arrested in spite of injuring those bandits very badly.

I was coming back from the market when a man in a black hat attacked me with an onion peeling knife. But then suddenly two dogs—not too big, but very brave indeed—jumped on him, because they don’t like people in hats. I was saved, and I thank the Holy Virgin for that.

Maria Lopez

My daughter used to get sick a lot, and she didn’t have a lot of friends. I couldn’t see her so sad, so I prayed to the Virgin. My daughter began to read more, and now she’s happy in the world of books and fantasies. I thank the Virgin.

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Jesus Gomez was fired. He was depressed, but then he decided to become a gigolo. Now he gets big money and thanks the Holy Child of Atocha for his luck.

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I was thinking about my fiancé and lost the sense of time while perming the client’s hair. I tried to wet and dry the hair, but they still sticked out like a clown wig. I was scared I’d be fired and started to pray to the Virgin of Juquila. But it happened so that the lady liked a lot her new hairstyle. She even thanked me. I give thanks to the Virgin.

Josefa Benitez
Oaxaca, 1994

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My daughters and I went to the mountains to gather some herbs for our grandmother. On our way back, a strong wind arose, it started raining and the stones began to fell down. We entrusted ourselves to Saint Liberata, and not even a small stone hit us. After that we descend from the mountains. We were wet, cold, but safe and sound. We thank for this amazing miracle.

I thank Our Lady of Lourdes because unlike Trevor’s, my nose doesn’t turn pinkish when I drink.

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I thank the Virgin Mary for giving me the inspiration to open a chiropractic school without being certificate to do so.

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I have to thank the “Divine Face” because I look exactly kill the famous actor Brad Pitt.

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Carmen Hernandez wanted to be a stewardess. She entrusted herself to Saint Rita and finally her dream came true. She thanks for that.

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I thank you, Virgin of San Juan, for all your favors. I decided to leave my husband after he had put horns on me. I kicked him out, but the next day he came back to kill me. Gaston, my husband, shot me. My wound was serious, but I prayed to the Virgin of San Juan fro my life. And she saved me.

Monterrey, 1952

Marta Juarez and her daughter Maria were coming back home from a dinner late evening. They met a company of happy skeletons in a dark alley. The skeletons were celebrating the Day of the Dead. Marta and maria were so frightened, they couldn’t move. They thank the Virgin of Zapopan because the skeletons didn’t notice them and passed by, chatting and laughing.

I thank the Lord of Saucito because he helped my husband to overcome his addiction to Diet Doctor Pepper.

Less than three years had passed from our wedding when my husband got lost in a sea storm. I was left all alone with my baby. To provide for us, I—without knowing anything about the fishing— took a boat, a net and went to the sea having prayed to Saint Barbara. Thanks to her help I got good fish in my net. I sold them and kept fishing. Little by little I studied all fishing tricks. I thank the saint for this miracle.

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Saint Charbel, I dedicate this retablo to you for healing me from a terrible infection that I caught from a prostitute from a cabaret. I took her in a hotel and spent a night with her. I couldn’t find any remedy, and I was scared that I’d stay impotent for ever. I entrusted myself to you, and now I give thanks for your favor.

Mexico, 1980

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Our horse “El Potro” (The Colt) broke both his front legs. We entrusted him to Saint Anthony the Great, and thanks to his divine intervention—and to our care as well—he’s got recovered Now our old friend rans happily over the ranch, and we dedicate this retablo for that.

Epifanio & Don Remigio Contreras
Aguascalientes

Juan Gomez and Fernando Martinez used to take drugs in an old house. One day the house collapsed on them. They give thanks to Saint Charbel for saving them and promise to amend their ways.

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I thank the Holy Virgin of Fatima and dedicate her this retablo because the paternity test verified that Vicentico is my biological son. There were some rumors around the neighborhood that he has a big head and dark eyes like my neighbor Armando does. But now nobody will mock me anymore.

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Hector Aguilar, a bowling player, got distracted by a hot girl and dropped the ball on his feet. He thanks Saint Pancras for the recovery and promises not to flirt anymore. Besides he’s married.

We moved to a new place. The land was barren and fruitless. There were no plants, no flowers which I loved so much. I tried to plant something but the soil was so dry nothing was growing. But one day wonderful peacocks came out of nowhere. They had colorful plumage, and some time later a grass and an apple tree grew up on the spot where they started to live. That’s how our petrified garden became a blooming paradise. I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for this amazing miracle.

We were coming back home from the grandmother Martina. We were going through the cemetery, and a ghost appeared to us. We got scared and ran away, but the ghost followed us trying to take us to the other world. We prayed the Virgin of Zapopan, and thanks to her the ghost didn’t catch us. We were so frightened we ran all the way to our house. We dedicate this retablo to the Virgin.

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I thank the Virgin of San Juan for the miraculous delivery from the danger of being killed by a horrible man.

Angela Gonzalez
Aguascalientes

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My son Arturo loved to play with the monkeys that lived near our house. But one day they took him to the roof. He was laughing and having fun, but I was afraid he could fall and brake his neck. I prayed to Saint Jude Thaddeus, and one monkey, probably seeing my anxiety, came down with my son and passed him into my arms. I thank the saint for this miracle.

An artist Gaudensio Ponce made a full-nude image of a wrestler’s wife. He thanks Saint Pancras for the wrestler liked his work and didn’t beat Gaudensio.

Delfino Ortega got drunk and started to flirt with a transvestite. He thanks Saint Anthony for he realized it in time. He promises from now on to look for entertaining in more decent places.

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I thank my dear Saint Rita another time. Although my husband lost his interest and doesn’t watch our refrigerator with me for hours, I managed to persuade our son Miguel to keep me company. I also want to thank the saint for we renovated the kitchen.

A striptease dancer Topacio thanks Saint Jude Thaddeus because she was doing so good at her work she could leave this low profession and got to the University.

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Nicolasa Guzman had a dream in which she was marrying the devil. She woke up frightened. She offers this retablo to Saint Michael the Archangel and promises to stop stealing at her work.