Saint Raymond Nonnatus

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Don Luciano Herrera was a very rich man in our town. After having widowed, he began to court me. I didn’t like him because he was much older than me. But he was stubborn and even offered some lands to my parents in exchange for marrying me. I thank Saint Raymond for I managed to go live with my aunt in the capital and I’ve never seen this dirty old man anymore.

Rosita Buendia ~ Zapopan, Jalisco

M. G. ended up in the hospital because she got very excited while masturbating with a bottle and couldn’t take it out. She infinitely thanks Saint Raymond for overcoming this embarrassment and for her body wasn’t seriously injured.

Isabel E. took a drug and, in her madness, went dancing like crazy on the church tower-bell. She thanks Saint Raymond with this retablo because the priest saved her from the people who wanted to linch her, and she promises to amend.

I was going out with two guys at the same time because I couldn’t decide whom to choose for a boyfriend. I was thinking they would find out, but last Saturday I went to the movies with one of them and there I saw, to my fear, my second suitor sitting right in front of us. I thank Saint Raymond because he was so entertained with the movie he didn’t see me with another guy and didn’t find out about my cheating.

Laura Ortiz \ Tepic, Nayarit

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R. was about to get married when his actual wife appeared, and it was bad. He was accused of bigamy. He thanks Saint Raymond for solving this problem. He did his punishment and promises to amend.

The doctor Felipe Suarez was caught in action with a nurse by his wife. He thanks Saint Raymond with the present retablo for the divorce didn’t ruin him completely and now he lives happily with the nurse.

I used to drink pulque with my buddy every day, but one night that witch my mother-in-law and my wife kicked me off the bar with their brooms. I thank Saint Raymond for I didn’t become an idiot after so many blows since that old nag was absolutely furious and was hitting me with all her might. I promise to stop drinking because it’s better to not mess with these women.

Eulogio Coronel \ Teziutlan, Puebla

1939, my buddy caught me with his wife. He started to shoot at us. I give infinite thanks to Saint Raymond because bullets didn’t hit me. She took them all, and I only got scared.

Macario M.
Mexico, 1939

Francisca Mendoza didn’t have good relationship with her neighbor who even used witchcraft on her. She thanks Saint Raymond with the present retablo because she managed to get rid of the neighbor with his intervention.

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Elena R. loved when somebody licked her feet. She is immensely grateful to Saint Raymond with this retablo because she met a partner with the same fetish and now they’re very happy together.

Jasinta Robledo found herself in a dangerous situation when her husband almost found out about her small secret affair. The husband suddenly came home and almost caught them, but thanks to the Saint Raymond’s intervention Jasinta came through this difficult situation. She offers this retablo for that.

Parral, Chihuahua, 1917

Susana Gutierrez was flirting with the neighbor husbands. The neighbor wives fed up with this, they beat her and almost killed. Susana thanks Saint Raymond for the recovery and promises to amend her ways.

Because of rumors my father didn’t accept my boyfriend and even forbade me to see him. But I still met with him secretly. However, one night my father caught us in my bedroom. He was furious, he grabbed his pistol to shoot my boyfriend. I implored Saint Raymond Nonnatus to not let a tragedy happen. The pistol misfired, and my boyfriend managed to escape. Afterwards, I spoke with my father, and he ended up liking my boyfriend. I dedicate this ex-voto for such a great miracle.

Sara Flores — Mexico, 1960