Carlitos Perez fell into the well trying to reach his ball, and the dog, who was very brave and smart, jumped after him, took the boy out from the water and kept him afloat until his older brothers came down to save him. The Carlitos family thanks the Virgin of San Juan because the boy is fine, and also they thanks for having such a valiant dog.

Fernando Perez worked as snake charmer. One day he wanted to kiss a cobra but the snake bit his mouth. Since his condition was very dangerous he entrusted himself to Saint Charbel. Fernando thanks him for saving his life.

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I thank because I gave birth to my child, in the way my ancestors did. And it went good. No medic wanted to deliver, and everybody kept telling me that risks are very high. So I had to go to my mother in the village and to give birth there. I entrusted myself and prayed for my son. Now I’m thanking you.

May 11, 1998

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Virgin of Guadalupe, I offer you this retablo because I met a man who fell in love with me and saved me from the life of whore.

Marta Luna
Merced, Mexico City, 1990

My son Miguel didn’t pay any attention at the class and only dreamt about superheroes. The teacher was always angry with him because he didn’t learn and I started to preoccupied that my little son would stay stupid forever. Thanks to Our Lady of Zapopan, who heard my prayers, the teacher was changed, and the new one brought to Miguel comic books about superheroes. He started to read them with interest and learned to read quite rapidly. I offer this retablo to the Virgin.

Virgin of Guadalupe, I dedicate this retablo to you for saving my life twice. First time in a skirmish with federals, and second time, when we were going on a train and I almost fell on railroad tracks but you saved me.

Ruperto Diaz
July 9, 1916

One night some martians landed on my farm. They got in my room through the window. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for they didn’t abduct me or my dog that didn’t even wake up. One of my slippers is all they took.

My bed became possessed by a devil who arrived every night to sleep in it. And I had to sleep in the living room in a very uncomfortable position because I didn’t know what to do. Until one night my cat saw the devil’s tail and tried to eat it thinking it was a snake. My cat bit it, and the devil jumped out of the bed screaming like hell. After that he never came back. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for giving my bed back because it has such a soft mattress that I bought in Guadalajara.

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The little girl Aida Lozano give thanks to Santo Niño de Atocha for the miracle of turning her cat Peluso (Furrball) back home. He was lost for 15 days and finally came back home after many prayers that Aida had said to Saint, because she loves her cat so much and he’s her best friend.

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The Lopez brothers went to the capital. After not finding any job there they founded a mariachi band. They entrusted themselves to Saint Cecilia, and now they are popular and always in demand. The brothers offer this retablo in gratitude.

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I give thanks to the Holy Mother, Virgin of Guadalupe, for healing me from a damn infection that I caught when I went in the hotel with a prostitute.

Martin R.
Merced, Mexico City, 1959

I give thanks to the Saint Michel the Archangel for my sons ran away in the mountains and joined the Emiliano Zapata’s people to fight for our rights. They suffered injustice on the hacienda of cacique, who thought he was our master and treated them like animals. Take care of my sons because they are kids who deserve to be happy as they should be.

Brigida Perez
Cuautla, Morelos
December 1912

On the Day of the Dead, I was walking through the cemetery when I met a ghost. The ghost started chasing me, so I instantly sobered up from fear. I prayed to Saint Francis to whom I’m thankful because the ghost didn’t catch me and I arrived home alive.

Puebla, 1931