God, bless these women “the Mistresses” and help them so they could keep helping to all those immigrant who are coming to our country in search of the American dream. They survive so many dangers moved by this dream to find their destiny. Protect them—this humble artist is asking you from the bottom of his heart.
I thank the Holy Child of the Luck for giving my son another opportunity to live on after he was declared terminally ill. He had a very bad disease, and I prayed with all my heart for his healing. I promised a retablo, and I fulfill my promise now because you granted the wish of a mother who will be forever thankful.
Seferino thanks the Virgin of San Juan because on his way back to the village he found his cow which had been lost for 15 days lying down. He dedicates this retablo to the Virgin’s honor and ask for the cow’s health.
Sr. Macario gives thanks to the Virgin of Ocotlan for saving his sheep from dying of a strange disease that was killing the animals. It was impossible to find a cure. That’s why he made this retablo thanking for the received favor.
We thank Saint Sebastian because the Law for Coexistence Partnerships gave to us, two men in love, right to live as a couple in marriage without hiding our love from the public and without being ashamed for our love.
Xavier & Tony
Colonia Roma, Mexico City
March 15, 2007
Virgin of Guadalupe, I dedicate this retablo to you in the name of the women cowardly killed in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. I ask you, with all my heart, to repose their souls in the paradise, for the sake of their families’ comfort
I dedicate this retablo to you, Virgin of Guadalupe, for the love of my mother, who used to lull me in her rebozo-shawl until I fell asleep. She sang me lullabies while working as a laundress, washing clothes. She loved this rebozo so much that she wore it till her death. When I see a rebozo, it calls up these sweet memories about my mother, doña Carmelita, whom I never forget.
Paco & Omar offer this retablo to Saint Sebastian for their second anniversary of being together, in spite of the fact that our families were against our relationship. It proves that love can do everything.