Milagros: A Book of Miracles

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Let the ancient power of milagros work miracles for you! Based on traditional Latin American talismans, these tiny silver charms are reminders that a miracle can fit in the palm of your hand. Throughout Latin America and the American Southwest, milagros are offered at shrines and sacred sites by believers as requests for divine assistance, or as thanks for blessings received. Modern day milagros may be carried in a pocket to protect from illness or harm, kept in the office to insure success, or placed in the car ...

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Let the ancient power of milagros work miracles for you! Based on traditional Latin American talismans, these tiny silver charms are reminders that a miracle can fit in the palm of your hand. Throughout Latin America and the American Southwest, milagros are offered at shrines and sacred sites by believers as requests for divine assistance, or as thanks for blessings received. Modern day milagros may be carried in a pocket to protect from illness or harm, kept in the office to insure success, or placed in the car to avoid accidents—whenever you need a little magic in your life.

Milagros: A Book of Miracles is a wonderful introduction to this ancient tradition. Filled with beautiful milagro-inspired imagery, thoughtful meditations and reflections to enhance your daily life, and inspiring true stories of real people who have been touched by the magic of these ancient charms, this book proves that miracle do happen!

IF YOU BELIEVE ...

A young newlywed pins a milagro to a statue of St. Francis after her husband suffers a near-fatal accident. After his miraculous full recovery, she returns every year to give thanks. A heartbroken man carries a heart-shaped milagro in his pocket after losing the love of his life-shortly after, they are reunited. A surgery patient fastens a milagro above his heart and is restored to better health than his doctors ever anticipated.

Milagros—Spanish for miracles—come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes. Since before recorded history, these offerings to the gods have been an essential part of Latin American culture. More than just symbolic gifts, milagros are thought to be magical: if you believe and make your desire known with good faith, the milagro may work its wondrous power. This book is an inspiring introduction to the beauty anddivine blessings of these ancient talismans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062515636
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,221,495
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Thompson is an editor and writer for Metroploitian Home and the author of the In Celebration series. A former writer and editor at Texas Monthly and managing editor of Domain, an arts and lifestyle magazine, she has written for Worth, Men's Journal, and Southern Style. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Head


KNOWING IS WISDOM


Your head is your own personal fountain of wisdom. You use it to think and to reason, to plan and to dream.

Head milagros have as much variation as heads do in real life, and represent all ages, shapes, and sizes. Mate milagro heads might have beards or mustaches, lots of hair, or be "balding." Milagros of female heads can have distinctive, elaborate hairdos, and some even have earrings. They can be shown in profile, full face, or even in a three-dimensional form.

A photograph can serve as a contemporary version of thehead milagro: It is not uncommon to see snapshots of happyinfants or smiling husbands and wives placed on statues offavorite saints as a show of gratitude. Sometimes the photorepresents the person before calamity struck: a reminder ofthe state to which the stricken person hopes to return.

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