El Santuario de Nuestro Señor de Villaseca (The Sanctuary of Our Lord of Villaseca) [Guanajuato, Guanajuato]

As anybody will know, Mexico is an extremely Catholic country (sometimes, I feel that it borders on obsession, but that’s not for me to judge). I was raised Catholic, and because of that, I was raised to pay tribute and my respects to church figures. While I am no longer a good, practising Catholic, I felt an incredible amount of peace visiting the Santuario del Senor de Villaseca (Sanctuary of Our Lord of Villaseca) in Guanajuato city today. I went to visit with my Mom, as it had been our tradition whenever we faced big challenges and hurdles.

Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Villaseca (Guanajuato, Guanajuato)

Our Lord of Villaseca is the patron of impossible causes, and I will fully admit that I called upon him numerous times. When I was finishing my PhD. When I didn’t have funding to undertake graduate studies (neither for either of my Masters’ degrees nor to complete my doctorate. When I had my heart broken, hoping to be healed. For every single seemingly impossible challenge, I asked for his help. I now have a PhD, the best professional and personal life ever and I survived every challenge I faced.

Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Villaseca (Guanajuato, Guanajuato)

Call it a miracle or just my tenacity, or pure sheer luck, but I’m really glad I visited to pay my respects and said “thank you”. The photograph below shows numerous messages that pay tribute and acknowledge a miracle performed by Our Lord of Villaseca. I took some time to browse the various “thank you” notes: completion of an undergraduate degree, healing of a tough illness, finding the way and quitting drugs.

Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Villaseca (Guanajuato, Guanajuato)

The experience itself was incredibly humbling and peaceful. As I said, even as a non-practising Catholic, it gave an immense amount of peace.

Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Villaseca (Guanajuato, Guanajuato)

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