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I thank Saint Anthony for giving me enough strength to kick in the balls of the bastard who wanted to rape me. In this way I was able to save my honor.

Soledad Castillo Guevara
Mexico City, 1975

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Because her husband became a man of loose morals, Ramona Aguilar beat him with a stick. He got seriously injured and couldn’t recover for a long time. She prayed to St. Pancras in despair, and the husband got better very soon. She brings this retablo in order to thank for such an exceptional favor.

Chiautenpan, 1920

When I invoked God and Saint Quiteria from Frexeiras a legion of angels saved me from the clutches of an evil assailant.

Joao Alberto Vasconcelos
Maceió, Alagoas

I thank the Virgin of San Juan for helping me when I was attacked and raped by the robbers. They didn’t kill me nor did they infect me with some bad mortal disease.

Dr. Simi
November 5, 1993

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My neighbors gossiped that my friend was flirting with my husband and even wanted to take him away from me. One day I met her at the laundry place. I grabber her hair, so she looked like a scarecrow. I thank Saint Raymond Nonnatus because I have found that those rumors were lies. I reconciled with my friend, and from now on the gossipy neighbor won’t bother us.

Jacinta Luna, Mexico City

Eugenia Chavez liked to hang washing while being half-naked in order to tease the male neighbors. Until one day the wife of a neighbor hit her with a pan, sending Eugenia to the hospital. Eugenia thanks Saint Rita for her recovery and promises not to be so naughty.

Tavern “Love Pun”

Yolanda presents this retablo because, when she was attacked and thought that she was going to die, she prayed to the Virgin of Guadalupe for not permitting this to happen. And now she’s thanking the Virgin.

Tepito, Mexico
March 25, 1960

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I give thanks to the Archangel of Justice because I didn’t get pregnant that awful night when I was raped when I was going home after Mexican Night party on September 15th. Thanks to Archangel for giving me courage to report them to the police since my parents were against it because of fear of revenge. The rapists were caught and went to prison. So they wouldn’t do it anymore, and I don’t wish to anybody what they did to me.

This took place in Jalapa neighborhood at the end of the 20th century.

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In 1914 in Santa Ana Chiautempan my buddy caught me on the mat with his wife. He started to shoot at us. I give infinite thanks to the Holy Child of Atocha because bullets didn’t hit me. She took them all.

Holy Child of Atocha, may you be blessed for saving Vicente’s life when his cousin Carmelo stabbed him. Carmelo was furious and wanted to kill Vicente after he had found out that I was in love with him. I asked for his recovery.

Juana Torres. 1969

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This is for you, Saint Sebastian, for saving me from Roger, a sexual maniac who invited me in his house. He knew that I was enamored of him. There he tied me. Then he beat, bit and tortured me. He almost killed me. Thank you for saving me. Now he is in prison.

Joaquin Salinas
Mexico, Las Lomas
September 8, 1990

Some fellows were constantly harassing Gustavo Suarez. One day they grabbed him at the park and beat him badly. Gustavo thanks Saint Augustine because he cured rapidly and his attackers were apprehended.

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I was in a rage after I had heard that Maria had neglected me and had decided to marry my best friend Artemio. The goddamn Devil climbed up on me and I stabbed Artemio. But when I saw death coming after him and when I realized that all this was only an infamous slender I prayed to God for saving Artemio’s life. In repentance I ask God for forgiveness and I offer this retablo for saving Artemio from death.

Xochimilco, Mexico, 1950