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I was caught in the ocean by a terrible storm that destroyed my boat. I was left to drift alone in the open sea hoping for my luck. Several days passed. I was afraid to die, so I entrusted myself, with all my faith, to the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe so that she would save me. I thank because a fishing boat rescued me when I was about to be eaten by few sharks that followed me. May you be blessed.

Leoncio Torres
Baja California, Mexico

One morning, my brother and I went fishing. Suddenly some sharks approached us. We were so frightened, we turned pale. We entrusted ourselves to Saint Peter, and one by one the sharks went away. We thank for that, with much devotion, bringing this retablo.

Aurelio and Ponciano Benitez
Tampico, Mexico

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Miraculously saved by a dolphin. Thanks.

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When I was fishing one night, my boat started to sink. The sea was filled with sharks. I was scared and began to pray the Blessed Sacrament for help. They made the miracle and send me a giant bird which pulled me out of the water before I was attacked by the sharks. I thank the Blessed Sacrament.

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Mario Montes was diving when he was suddenly attacked by a shark. Frightened, he prayed to the Virgin of Zapopan. Then the sea got filled with a lot of small fish and other sea creatures which were better to the shark taste. The shark got distracted, and Mario escaped. He thanks the Virgin.

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Virgin of Guadalupe, I thank you because the white shark didn’t eat me but my friend, although it was my leg that was bleeding while we were surfing. I thank you for that.

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The surfer Mateo Robledo was attacked by a shark, and it bit off his leg. He thanks Saint Elias with this retablo for saving his life and for he didn’t lose his passion for sport.

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As a sign of gratitude to the Holy Virgin of the Solitude for the miracle of saving me from being torn apart by sharks when Toño and I were fishing in Celestun on October 15, 1962.

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One night I went fishing, and my boat sank. The sea was filled with sharks, and I got very scared for my life. But then I heard wings fluttering and I saw my Guardian angel who took me out of the water before the sharks attacked me. I thank my Guardian angel for that miracle.

One morning, my brother and I went fishing. Suddenly two sharks appeared near us. We turned gray with fright, but that moment we implored Saint Peter for saving us from such a deadly danger. Little by little the sharks began to swim away. We bring this ex-voto, with all our faith and devotion.

Jasinto and Aurelio Benitez
Tampico, 1970

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Juan Velasquez was water skiing in Acapulco, and a shark started to follow him. He thanks Saint Peter with this retablo for protection so the shark didn’t have him for dinner.

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One warm evening I was swimming underwater on the beach in Ixtapa, Ziuatanejo. I was admiring the beauty of the sea when suddenly a shark started to chase me. And of course I saw the devil near by it. He told the shark to attack me. But I entrusted myself to the Virgin of Zapopan and managed to save myself.

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Nicolas Hernandez offered this retablo to the Virgin of Guadalupe because she saved him from being eaten by the sharks when he was surfing at the beach while on honeymoon with his wife. When I noticed the danger, I entrusted myself to you and now I’m alive to tell about it.

Nicolas and Patricia from Mexico City
February 14, 2001

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