Que Milagro!

February 12th

Tin milagros

Remember when Finny and I took our trip to Santa Fe and fell head over feet for the artist galleries? One of my favorite was filled with Mexican curios — including several walls of milagros. How I wish I’d pulled out my credit card and purchased a handful of these! These “miracles” are made of a variety of types of metal and are placed with candles at offerings for specific prayers. For example, having hip pain? Lost your cow? Include a leg or cattle milagro with your prayer candle.  I saw a few of these when I lived in Mexico, but more so when visiting Guadalajara with Alma where we visited a huge cathedral. Milagros intrigue me.

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On one hand, my faith says don’t worship false idols; I’m not putting my beliefs in the actual object. On the other, I think it is a fascinating form of folk art. When I found a lot of them for sale on Etsy via Supply Pusher, I jumped. Initially I was going to make small zippered pouches with a stamped prayer and a milagro. Alas, the sewing time and machinery this week haven’t worked in my favor. Instead, I pulled out some card stock and whipped up some written prayers of my own to be included in a handful of cards.

Milagro Valentines

I think Frida would approve.


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12 Responses

  1. How thoughtful of you! Because I guess each one of the percipients has one note/milagro made specifically for him/her right? I think this will be a very well accepted gift. I visited once a sanctuary in the mountains, long long stairs to the top, the walls full of those votive offerings, it was such a journey going through all of them, take a look http://www.girovagandointrentino.it/puntate/2005/anteprima_primavera/s_romedio/sromedio.htm

  2. Great idea! I can see people using them for a variety of things including bookmarks, hang from their rearview mirrors, etc. Nice work.

  3. That is lovely! And what a neat tradition, it’s always interesting to learn about other cultures and what they believe, especially when it’s not the same as our own. Makes the world a bit richer, doesn’t it?

  4. Those were fun! I remember that shop – it also had those amazing quilts with the incredible farm scenes right?

    So, so cool.

  5. What a very thoughtful gift Kelli! Your friends are gonna love these!

  6. Kelli, you are so flippin’ creative! But, then, we knew this. Jeez-Louise, Sister! Thanks for sharing the history and culture, too–I never had heard of ‘milagro’ before! I love to think of carrying a little miracle in one’s pocket–(something to go with the smile!) 🙂

  7. Your friends will be especially blessed by the milagros and prayer cards. I hope that you are blessed for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

  8. What a fantastic idea. I love the idea of written prayers and the little milagros. I’ve seen milagros at San Xavier but didn’t really know much about their history, so I appreciate your explaining their purpose.

  9. very nice! and supply pusher is in my neck of the woods! have a great weekend girl.

  10. I love milagros!

  11. Love these – I bought one of these showing a pregnant mom for a friend once — and she loved it.

  12. Frida would totally approve! These are great Kelli. Thanks for leading me to that great etsy shop!