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The morning of May 25 1964, I went to the market to buy meat and sausages. On my way back I was attacked by dogs. They grabbed my meat and started to eat it. I was afraid I’d be fired from my job as a cook if I came back without meat. I prayed the Holy Virgin, and she scared the dogs away. I picked up the meat, although it was slightly bitten, and cooked it marvelously at home.

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When my husband got very ill and I didn’t know where to find money to take him to the hospital, the Virgin of Guadalupe gave me the inspiration to cut all the flowers in my garden and go sell them at the tianguis market. I sold them all and look my Juan to the doctor, and he was cured promptly.

I went to work to the capital to earn some money to support my little children. It was hard to stay away from them, and the city life was very difficult. With all my heart, I thank the Virgin of the Solitude with this retablo because I came back to my home town and opened a fruit and vegetable stand. The things are going well, and I can support my family.

Abundia Zapata — Chignahuapan, Puebla

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Señora Malena hit her head at the market. When she gained her consciousness she found out all the inhabitants turned into skeletons. <…> She thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for <…> everything was back to normal.

Marta and Cleotilde Marquez thank the Virgin of Zapopan for the things in their pit and jug shop are going well and they are even saving money for the Marta’s daughter’s wedding. They offer this retablo to the Holy Virgin.

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Dionisio Cuautle dedicates this humble retablo to Saint Martin the Cavalryman who is helping him every day when he sells the birds at the town market. In this was he keeps supporting his family.

Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla

I was a very gossipy woman. Every time I went to the market it was about gossiping around. But one day, as soon as I arrived at the market, I felt a strong sulfur smell. Then I had a horrible apparition with wings and horns. Oh my God, it was the devil himself. Frightened as hell, I would never gossip again nor would I talk badly about any person. Thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Gudelia Ramirez,
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
January 7, 1959

Casilda Ramirez slipped on a banana peel at the market and fell off the stairs. She fell over her daughter Josefina, and they both fell over a poor stray dog. Only thanks to the name of Saint Jude Thaddeus mentioned by Casilda during the fall nothing happened with her nor her daughter nor even the dog. They only got scared a lot. Casilda thanks for this miracle.

With great faith and devotion, I want to thank Saint Isidor the Laborer with this retablo for he saved all my flowers during that strong hailstorm that fell on my fields. I was afraid I lost all the flowers but thanks to his divine intervention they all were saved. Now I can take them to the market and sell.

Guadalupe Barrales
State of Mexico

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June 15, 1968, I was buying vegetables at the market, when a crazy woman stole my baby. I was crying desperately and prayed to the Virgin of San Juan. I was lucky because two market women caught that crazy woman and brought my baby back. I thank the saint patroness.

Teresa Martinez de Rodriguez

I give thanks to Saint Martin because things are going well in my butcher shop in the town’s market, so I can support my wife, my four kids and also the fifth baby who is on his way to be born.

Olegario Castrejon
Pachuca, Hidalgo