One of Santa Muerte’s most important roles is that of protectress. And in a Mexico plagued by so much crime and violence, the demand for supernatural protection is greater than ever. Every day hundreds of thousand of devotees invoke the Powerful Lady’s protective powers to shield them from the myriad dangers of the streets of Mexico. Devotee Jeronimo Santiago recounts his own recent experience of an armed robbery on a Mexico City bus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,
I’d like to share with you something that happened to me today. On my way to the doctor, four guys got on the bus and started robbing all the passengers at gunpoint. When one of the assailants came over to me, I thought about my White Girl and Godfather Jonathan Legaria Vargas “el Pantera” and said “may your will be done, and not my own.” At that moment one of the assailants came closer to me and stared at me with fear and fright and then backed away without robbing me.They continued robbing everyone else on the bus while they kept turning around to look at me, knowing for a fact that the Godfather Jonatkan Legaria Vargas and my Girl (Santa Muerte) were present at my side. Thank you, Godfather, for always being at my side.Today I came to the temple to give thanks for the protection granted to me by my Girl and Godfather Endoque. I was fortunate to be able to talk with Godmother Enriqueta Vargas, who I thank so much for her words and attention.