My life was tedious and my job was boring. But one day I was given a book. I liked it so much, I began to read more. Now I have wonderful dreams about fantasies and adventures. I thank the Virgin of the Rosary for discovering the wonderful world of books.

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With this retablo, I thank the Holy Virgin of the Bright Star because thanks to my prayers I found a very good and economic detergent of the “Sutil” brand that removes all the piss and poop stains from the sheets of my daughter Lupe.

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Luis Ramirez was caught by his wife while having sex with his neighbor. He thanks Holy Child of Atocha because the divorce wasn’t very expensive to him, although he caught an infection at this affair.

I lied to my boyfriend out of fear and told him that I was a secretary while in fact I was working as a stripper. I thank Saint Raymond Nonnatus because when he proposed to me I revealed my secret, and he didn’t get angry. He understood me showing that he truly loves me and is not ashamed by my profession.

Esmeralda H. \ Tijuana, Baja California

Federico Mendoza thought it’d be easy to steal a bicycle. But he was caught and put in jail. He thanks Saint Charbel with this retablo for being caught and promises to amend his ways.

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I thank Saint Charbel with this humble retablo because I managed to save enough money to pay for my breast augmentation surgery. I had small bust and had to stuff my bra every day. Once at a party a filling fell off in front of the people, and I was dying of embarrassment. Now this won’t happen again.

Alicia R. \ Cuernavaca, Morelos

My cats suddenly decided to fly around the house. I didn’t like it because it made me think that I was going crazy. I prayed the Virgin so that she’d bring the cats to their normal state. The Virgin made the cats came to reason, and now they walk on their paws like other animals.

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Jasinto Chavez had some drinks and came to work drunk. He was fired for that. He thanks Saint Francis with this retablo because he was paid big dough and has already found another job.

There was a great drought in the region, an I was very distressed because my land was dry and I was losing my harvest. I asked Saint Isidor Labourer with all my faith to send the rains sooner, and in few days he made me a great miracle. I’m deeply thankful and dedicate this retablo.

Melesio Flores \ Tehuacán, Puebla

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Teofilo Perez was in a bar when one of his mistresses came there. She wanted to cut his balls for being a womanizer. But he implored Saint James and now thanks him for escaping such a peculiar danger.

Tlaxcala, 1921

When I was pregnant I felt strange movements in my stomach. I was afraid something bad could happen with my baby. So I went to a midwife. She calmed me down and explained that there was nothing to be worried about. But nevertheless, she gave me to drink some remedy to take off my anxiety. I left her still slightly agitated, and on my way back I met a nagual. He was surrounded by a cloud of lightning bugs. He told me that my baby would be alright and he would grow up healthy and strong man, and also kind and clever. I thank Saint Raymond because this vision really calmed me down and I even felt myself very happy.

Today I’d like to thank Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras because I’m completely recovered after being hit by a car in 1950.

October 2009
Maria Jose Alpuquerque
São Bernardo do Campo, SP

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Thanks to the Virgin a chupacabra that appeared during the hour of our meal fife’t hurt us.

Maria Peña, 1970

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