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I used to read fairy tales to my son since he was very little. Now when he plays he imagines himself as a prince rescuing princesses from the claws of a terrible dragon. He’s riding his faithful white horse, and they go for strange lands in search of astonishing adventures. I thank the Virgin for blessing my son with this great imagination and fantasy.

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Teofila Mendes thanks the Holy Child of Atocha because the artist Frida gave her a doll for her daughter on the Three Kings’ Day.

Mexico, 1939

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I thank the Holy Child of Luck for saving my son Luis from dying when he chocked with marbles. I bring this retablo for that.

May 21, 1965
Mexico City

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10-years old Ricardo Ramos was playing and went in the woods too far from Sanchez Magallanes. There he saw a flying saucer. The UFO was flying over him and then landed. Ricardo saw a girl inside the ship. She showed him her strange toys. They were all different sizes. After having played for a while they said good bye to each other and were ready to go home. The girl gave a small box to Ricardo as a goodbye gift. The box preferred different miracles. Now Ricardo has grown up, and he dedicates this retablo to Saint Michael the Archangel.

Tabasco, 1912

I was going down the stairs from the roof carrying the washing and stumbled on my son’s toys. I was worried that something bad would happen with my baby and ask the Holy Virgins for protection. And my baby was born healthy.

Guadalupe Silva
Mexico City, July 18, 2000

Maria B. went through a terrible embarrassment when her mother found her sex toy. She thanks Saint Rita with this retablo because her mother understood her and told nothing to her father.

A skeleton played with my toys. Thanks for he didn’t damaged them.

Luisa, 1971

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We thank Saint Stanislao because our son got an amazing toy car that my husband stole from a neighbor.

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When I retired, I felt lost, decayed and bored, but I recaptured my old liking of repairing toys and I dove in it. First, I repaired the toys of my grandchildren, and now I already put a shop and accept works of the whole city. My grandchildren are happy and they help me in what they can. I feel useful and necessary because we are not many—those who are devoted to this occupation. I feel blissful seeing old and broken toys taking new life in my hands. I thank the Virgin from Guadalupe for this new opportunity.

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Sofia Aguilar couldn’t find a job. Then she had an idea to sell sex toys to her friends. The things have gone very well, and she brings this retablo thanking Saint Jerome.

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The little Agustin Romero thanks Saint Augustine with this retablo for helping him to receive good marks in the school. Thanks to that his parents bought him a toy car.

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Gudelia Garcia went to hang the washing. She didn’t see the marbles her son left on the floor and she slipped on them. She fell on her back. She couldn’t move and though she’d stay paralyzed. She entrusted herself to Saint Blaise, and he worked the miracle. She was able to stand up right away. She felt pain but there were no serious consequences.

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I thank the Virgin because I can do what I like the most—make wooden toys. I love to see how happy are the children when they play with my toys.

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