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Don Venustiano Hernandez’ cows ran away from his land, and he was sad and desperate because he looked for them everywhere but couldn’t find them. He begged Saint Anthony the Great to help him get the cows back, and few days later he found them safe and sound. He thanks for that.

Saltillo, Coahuila

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The federals caught me and they were going to shoot me for being a rebel. I implored the Lord of Chalma for my life, and that moment general Pancho Villa came into the town with his troops. They made the federals run away and saved my life. So I decided to join them, for which I dedicate this retablo.

Herminio N. ~ Saltillo, Coahuila

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The Lopez family reveres the Holy Heart of Jesus because it healed them from all illnesses.

Saltillo, Mx., 1988

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I give due thanks to Saint Anthony of Padua because Romualdo Reyes, the most handsome young man in the town, payed attention to me and asked my father for my hand in marriage. Despite my neighbors’ jealousy, our love will be growing more and more for which I dedicate this exvoto, with all my heart.

Columba Zaragoza ~ Saltillo, Coahuila

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My wife’s best friend flirted with me a lot but I didn’t pay any attention to it until one day she went absolutely shameless and tried to seduce me. Unfortunately, my wife saw us. I thank Saint Pancras with this exvoto for I managed to convince my wife that I was innocent, since she was so angry she wanted to divorce me and I didn’t want to lose her because I really love her very much.

Fidel Caballero ~ Torreon, Coahuila

I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe because after many prayers she granted me with the great favor and helped me in my fight over the championship against El Salvaje (The Savage) and I won with “la zacatecana” move (?).

Torreon, 1987

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I dedicate this retablo to Saint Bruno with my deep gratitude for someone had invented that pill “Viagra” because it saved my marriage. My husband had issues with erectile dysfunction, but now we are happily enjoy our intimate moments.

Romina Quezada
Saltillo, Coahuila

I loved to date many women at the same time. But one of them remained very hurt and did a witchcraft on me so I couldn’t perform in bed. I prayed to Saint Benedict to help me break this bad spell. Thanks to his divine intervention I was back to be the same man as I’d had before. I promise him not to play with ladies’ feelings anymore.

Augusto Ruiz — Saltillo, Coahuila

Florentino Mendez thanks Saint James the Apostle for helping him to successfully perform the Pass of Death at the cowboy championship. He won the first prize with his team “The Golden Cowboys”, and he dedicates this humble retablo for that.

Coahuila, 1969

The Pass of Death (El paso de la muerte) is a challenge when a cowboy riding bareback attempts to leap from his horse to the bare back of an unbridled wild horse. 

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Since I married my Elenita, her nosy mother came to live with us because she couldn’t live without her daughter. Our marriage was a hell because that lady always gave her opinion on everything and wanted the things done her way. We couldn’t even have intimacy. I’m thanking Saint Raymond with the present retablo because my wife finally realized that the marriage is for two only and asked her mother to move out. That day we had a party.

Ivan Perez \ Torreon, Coahuila

Enedina Abascal dedicates the present retablo to Saint Anthony of Padua thanking him because she met Ponciano, the love of her life. She was a soldier, and they fought together at the times of the Revolution. When the fight was over, they could get married and were very happy.

Torreon, Coahuila

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Saint Charbel, thank you. There were five of us hiding in a trench. When we saw the Dorados of Villa coming we went out screaming that we gave up. Right away I got a bullet in my chest and fell down. I survived by a miracle. I was lucky that the bullet came through and didn’t touch my heart. My four comrades, however, were killed. I thank Saint Charbel with this retablo for getting alive.

Elpidio Barrios
Torreon

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The clown Tarambola want to show his gratitude ti the Soul of the Purgatory, with this retablo, for helping him in his profession which he has dedicated 15 years to. Traveling from town to town, he brings joy to the children and to the adults who come to see his act at the world famous Muñoz circus.

Piedras Negras, Coahuila