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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.

Raymundo Garcia used to sell tortoise eggs illegally until they put the snatch on him. Now he’s out of the prison and promises to Saint Peter to dedicate himself to legal things.

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Every time I went to sell the flowers to the town square, a very happy young man used to pass by and salute me. I liked him a lot. I dedicate this retablo to Saint Anthony because that man finally decided to ask me to court me and now we are couple—my Aurelio and I.

Remedios Pascual, Zacatecas

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June 25, 1965, Emelia Ramirez went to sell some embroidered blankets. When she cane to the patio of a big house she was immediately attacked by loads of furious geese. They tried to bite her, and, fearing that they might bite her baby, she prayed Saint Quiteria. The saint helped her to escape to the street with only two bites on her legs but none to the baby, for which she dedicates this retablo.

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I sell donuts at the Herceg Novi beach. Everybody have loved my donuts for many years. I thank the Virgin Mary because, the last year, Petar came to the beach and he loved not just my donuts but myself. Now we are happy together.

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I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe because I’ve been able to support my kids by selling fruits. They don’t lack food and can study.

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I didn’t expect to inherit corn fields after one of my distant uncle’s death. But my mother gave me an idea to sell sweet corn on the streets. I thank the Virgin of Juquila because the sales are going well and I’m much better as a vendor than as a farmer.

Felipe Carrion
Iztapalapa, Mexico City

Socorro Aguilar dedicates this humble retablo to Saint Isidor Labourer because she’s doing well selling her flowers to the tourists who pass in Xochimilco by trajineras boats. She makes their day with beauty and colors.

Xochimilco, Mexico

Marcela Ramos and her friend Graciela were vending near the church. Marcela was selling fruits and punch, and Graciela was selling quesadillas. One day they didn’t sale a lot so they decided to keep working till late. It could happened—they thought—a hungry man would pass and would buy something. Some time later, they noticed a cheerful company approaching them. They were singing and laughing. But the they came closer, they resulted to be skeletons escaped from the cemetery. Graciela ran away, and Maricela decided to stay and to see if the skeletons would pay for what they were eating. They paid with old gold coins. They even paid for Graciela’s quesadillas. Maricela thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for giving her courage to stay and to not run away from skeletons. Thanks to that she had a good profit that night.

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I was selling cold beer at the wrestling arena. I was distracted and didn’t noticed that the wrestler Superpig jumped off the third rope on his opponents but almost fell on me instead. I thank Saint Charbel because I stepped away in time. Otherwise he would’ve squashed me and my bucket of beer.

Panfilo Garza

Monterrey, 1982

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The tortilla vendor Teofila Tecuapetla couldn’t get pregnant in spite of trying hard. She prayed Saint Paschal Baylon and now thank him because she got pregnant and gave birth to twins.

Cholula, 1934

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I dedicate the present ex-voto as gratitude to Saint Jude Thaddeus for the miracle that I bought a new oven on wheels to grill sweet potatoes. The old one was stolen from me, and I couldn’t work. Now my sweet potatoes sells are good again. May you be blessed.

Apolonio Tlanipa
Puebla

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I bring this retablo to Saint Peter thanking him for my job. I sell coconut oil to the tourists on the beach. In addition to earning my money, I also enjoy applying the oil to the backs and legs of the beautiful foreign women.

Filomeno Hernández
Acapulco, Guerrero

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