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Petra Godines thanks Saint Pancras with this retablo for that miracle that El Santo beat the Caveman Galindo when they fought in the “Constantino” movie theater, in Puebla, in 1954, because she bet her friend two turkeys.

When I almost lost everything, I managed to overcome my sinful wish of betting all my goods. Thanks, Saint Charbel, for helping me.

Sigfrido Peña

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Thanks, Saint Charbel, for my son Benito quit the vice of gambling.

Sonia Abraham

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Saint Jude Thaddeus, patron of the impossible things, I thank him with this ex-voto for enlightening me and making e understand that I won’t have any luck in this life—nor good, nor bad, nor in love, nor in gambling. Thanks to that I could enjoy the risk and the game for its pure pleasure and not for this foolish idea of winning something.

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I bet my life in a cock-fight. Thank you, Virgin, I won and saved myself.

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My buddy Jasinto is a drunkard, party goer, gambler and womanizer. Holy Virgin make him behave well and deliver him from hell.

Don Carmelo Sanchez thanks Saint Martin the Cavalryman for helping his rooster El Giro to win the fight on the town arena and made him win a lot of money to pay his debts.

Guanajuato, 1947

I thank Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras for liberating me from temptations of gambling and drinking.

Germano Oliveira — Viçosa, AL — 04/04/07

I thank Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras for weaning my husband off his mistresses, drinks and damned gambling.

Ana Luisa A.da Rocha
Garanhuns, Pernambuco

Enrique Sandoval used to slack off and didn’t pay his gambling debts. Until one day they caught him, beat him and even threatened to saw off his leg. He thanks Saint Elias they didn’t do it and promises to amend.

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My wife Rosario had the sin of playing cards. She used to go to play to the Lopez every Tuesday and Thursday. And by Mondays and Fridays her friends came to play at our house. She didn’t pay any attention to me and our baby. I thank the Virgin for curing my wife from this bad habit.

Evaristo Martinez got a bullet in his buttock for not paying his gambling debts. He thanks the Lord of the Wonders for his recovery and promises to not gamble anymore.

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I had the vice of playing Uruguayan canasta. Suddenly, at nights, some devils began to appear. They played cards, and I understood it’s a warning from the heavens that if I wouldn’t stop playing cards I would be damned. I was very frightened, and I prayed Saint Barbara to chase the demons away. I promise to play only on Thursdays. Thanks to my prayers and this promise the devils didn’t come back.

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