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"Rancho Palencia, San Diego de la Unión, Guanajuato. January 11, 1986. On this date I dedicate the present retablo to the Virgin of San Juan for the clear miracle she granted on the date of June 5, 1986. Re-emigrating to the United States with three friends, the water we were carrying ran out. Traveling in such great heat and with such thirst, and without hope of drinking even a little water, we invoked the Virgin of San Juan and were able to arrive at our destination and return to our homeland in health. In eternal gratitude to the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos from the place where you find Braulio Barrientos."  Retablo of Braulio Barrientos.  1986.  Oil on metal. Dimensions unknown.
Source: Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massay, Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States.  (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1995.  xvi, 216 pp.  Cloth, $52.00, ISBN 0816514712.  Paper, $25.95, ISBN 0816514976), 135.