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I enjoyed reading books in the yard. One day a little girl came by and asked me to read to her. Now I have a lot of children coming by. I read them, and I enjoy it very much. I thank the Holy Virgin because the books and the children alleviate my loneliness.

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Francisco Rivera thanks Saint Nicholas of Bari with this retablo for he found a very antique edition of “Don Quixote” which will become a great piece of his collection.

The student Jose Luis Vasquez was stung by a scorpion when he took a book in the library. He was in bad condition, so he prayed to the Lord of the Wonders. Jose got better, so he thanks for that with the retablo.

My wife used to have terrifying nightmares because she read horror stories. She woke up at night screaming and kicking around. She even pushed me off the bed. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan, because my wife reads love stories now. She tells that she has nice dreams about handsome men, she looks like she kisses them at her dream, and we both sleep in peace.

I had a monotonous life and a tedious job, and even my husband whom I love dearly is a boring man. That’s why I thank the Virgin of San Juan for opening the magical world of the books. I didn’t enjoy reading until one day I was given a very captivating book to read. I was overwhelmed with the stories, and I’ve seen reading ever since. Even my dreams are full with adventures and I travel to distant and magical lands. Now I’m always in great mood.

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My son Arturo became a good for nothing hippy. He spent days reading big books and smoking marijuana. I prayed to the Virgin of Zapopan to amend his ways. Thank to her, although he’s still reading his books and smoking, he got a very good job and started wearing shoes.

I was told by the doctor to stay in bed for few weeks. It was hurting so much to not be able to play with my grandchildren and to read them fairy-tales before they go to sleep every night. But then my grandchildren started to come to my bed so I could read them and we would travel together to the fantasy world. Even my illness went smoother with their love and care. I thank the Virgin of the Rosary.

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Since she was little, my daughter loved when I read to her. However, when she learnt to read she refused to read to herself. I didn’t know what to do, until the Virgin of Guadalupe sent me a wonderful idea. I offered to my girl to read books for the cats. She agreed. The cats seemed to love this idea also. They were fascinated by my daughter’s voice and gathered around her to listen. I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for this miracle.

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My daughter Raquel loved when I was reading stories to her. She loved it so much, she learned to read by herself very soon. She was reading faster than my other children. When I got sick, she read to me, and it was wonderful. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for such a clever and caring daughter.

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My daughter used to get sick a lot, and she didn’t have a lot of friends. I couldn’t see her so sad, so I prayed to the Virgin. My daughter began to read more, and now she’s happy in the world of books and fantasies. I thank the Virgin.

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I never got married. However, my animals became a real family for me. We gather all together in the garden and I read what we like the most—the horror stories. It happens that we get frightened at night after reading all these scary tales. So we stay together to protect ourselves and not to be afraid of threatening shadows. I thank Saint Francis for such wonderful and intelligent animals.

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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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I dedicate this retablo to Saint Ignatius of Loyola. I thank him because my husband finally realized, after I put some pressure on him, that he must stop buying books. We have no more space in our house and we’ve got so many books that we’d never read them all in our lifetime.

Mrs. Bone
March 5, 2009