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We dedicate this small retablo to Saint Jude Thaddeus, with eternal gratitude, for working the miracle of saving our brother Tomas from the bullet that the army shot in his leg, and we were able to get back to our families.

Lucas and Pascual Cruz
Durango, Mexico

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1914, coming to Puebla, the federals were close on my heels. I entrusted myself to Saint Martin the Cavalryman and could escape safely so they didn’t catch me. I thank for this great favor.

Toribio Alvarado

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Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, I’m entrusting my son to you. Look after him because he’s going to fight the narcos.

Aurora Toledo

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We were going to Veracruz when we were attacked at the Aljibes station. We abandoned the trains because the railroads were mined by the people of Obregon. We continued our way riding horses brought the sierra of Puebla. There were almost a hundred of us, loyal to Carranza. When we met general Rodolfo Herrera he led us to Tlaxcalantongo so we could rest. But at the dawn we heard screams “Viva Obregon! Death to Carranza!” and there he died. I testify to what happened. I entrusted his soul to God and I thank for I could escape through the sierra.

Pedro G., May 21, 1925

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, although we were soldiers, we were also guadalupans, Mexicans so we entrusted ourselves to you. We fought revolutionaries but we only followed the orders. The 32 battalion from Zacatecas offers you this retablo for helping us when we were surrounded. Although we were outnumbered but you gave us aiming accuracy so the rebels retreated to the mountains. I, Casildo Perez, testify to this.

Zacatecas, October 24, 1914

The young man Ruperto Coyotzi was going to be shot dead by order of a general. He gives thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe, because his mother’s prayers were heard and he got a pardon, although he received forty lashes.

In times of the Revolution I was part of the Federal Army but my troops lost a battle, I was badly wounded and was on the edge of dying. I dedicate this retablo to the Virgin of Guadalupe because two peasants took me to their home. The cured me and saved my life. In gratitude I decide to fight for the people since that moment and joined the rebels.

Agustin Castillo \ Zacatecas, Mexico

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I thank the Holy Lord of Chalma for giving me his protection while I was a member of the Golden Ones of my general Pancho Villa. With them, I faced many tough battles against the government of the usurper Victoriano Huerta. May you be blessed.

Filemon Salas ~ Chihuahua, Mexico

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Arturo Perez thanks the Virgin of Juquila with this retablo because he has finished his studies and has got a good job as a combat medic.

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The soldier Juan Perez got involved with the daughter of the general, and her father caught them in act. He thanks Saint Charbel with this retablo because the general didn’t kill him and only gave him tremendous beating.

Juana dedicates this humble retablo to the Lord of the Column for Juvencio who got five bullets in the stomach from the soldiers of the garrison at Celaya for having deserted. I found him almost dead and prayed the Lord for protection. He heard me, and I thank him with this retablo for what happened that morning on April 15, 1922.

10 a.m., being at a military base near Takin, Arturo Perez Martinez, a regimental sergeant, saw an oval-shaped UFO. The object was descending like a dried leaf carried by the wind. Then it stopped hanging at 150 meters altitude. The people entrusted themselves to Saint Jude Thaddeus. They bring this retablo as a testimony.

Veracruz, 1970

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I, Arturo Sanchez, captain of the Mexican marines, thank Saint Dominic and dedicate him this retablo because with his help I met a four-star general don Ramon Salgado. He treated me with the utmost respect and patronized me giving good recommendations to my superiors. After that I was promoted to lieutenant colonel with my own private office.

Campeche, 1979

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