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Look, if I loved you for the hair,
now, when you’re bald, I love you not.

I bring this retablo to Saint Jude Thaddeus in gratitude for my friend Frida, the painter, has got an improvement and is having a positive attitude.

Mexico, 1949

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I thank the Holy Virgin with this retablo for granting me health. I got sick out of fear after seeing a flying object in the sky over my ranch. First, I though it was a plane, but it was something round. I was told it was an UFO from another world. It gave me a terrible diarrhea which wouldn’t stop.

Antonia Perez
September 21, 1956

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Fernando Rivera had a fever and couldn’t go to the bathroom. So he made all his things in a pot.Suddenly a scorpion got out of the pot and sat on the Fernando’s buttock. He prayed to the Lord of the Miracles so that the scorpion wouldn’t sting him in the ass because his condition could get worse. Since the Lord cured Fernando and delivered him from the scorpion, Fernando dedicates this retablo as gratitude.

Puebla, 1962

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Señor Agustin Sanchez had hormonal problems and his breast grew up. Everyone laughed at him. He thanks Saint Nicholas of Bari with this retablo because the medical treatment has worked and now he’s recovering.

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Gregorio Fernandez was walking at the park when he was suddenly attacked by three rabid dogs. He was in bad condition, and he thanks the Virgin of San Juan for his recovery.

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Thanks to Saint Jude I found a wonderful cream that I can smuggle from Mexico that cured the horrible seborrheic dermatitis on my face and scalp. I don’t have to worry now about these unsightly and embarrassing flares that kept men away from me. Thank you.

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Dora Rodriguez had a high fever and hallucinated with hands coming out of the ceiling, of the walls, of the floor. The hands were trying to grab her. She was very frightened and was screaming. Dora thanks the Virgin of San Juan because three days later her fever went down and she stopped seeing these horrible hallucinations.

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Thank you, Holy Virgin, for healing my sheep. They were dying from a terrible disease and I couldn’t find any remedy. I prayed to your image, and now my sheep are feeling good. I offer you this retablo in gratitude.

Juvencio
Pueblo Nuevo, 1945

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Day before his fight, Ruperto Rivero got sick with a diarrhea. Since no remedy could help him, he implored the Virgin of Guadalupe. Ruperto recovered and won the fight. He thanks for that.

Mexico, 1948

When on November 2, 1999 I had a heart attack I felt the death was very close. I asked the Virgin of Guadalupe to save me from dying. I was taken to the hospital in time so I could avoid a dangerous surgery and got better with intensive therapy. I bring you this retablo and thank you for letting me get to the year 2000.

Pedro
San Angel, Mexico City — January 6, 2000

When my husband got sick and he couldn’t work we found out that we can count on our neighbors who helped us.

Ismael Rodrigues got so drunk that he lost his shoes. When he was going back home he cut his foot badly and infected it. He was in grave condition. He thanks Saint Pancras for helping him to get cured.

A grave illness hit the animals. I asked the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe of Mexico to look after my animals. With all my heart, I entrusted my goats, piglets, chicken and asked to not lose our corn field. Since no animal died she thanks offering the present retablo.

Cipriana Garcia
El Progreso, S. L. P., November, 1954