I had to repeat an exam that I initially suspended because I had not prepared enough, for circumstances beyond my control. This time I was able to study a lot, and I was feeling quite confident because I knew I was employing all the means at my disposal to succeed, and I had no doubt that higher powers would also lend me a hand and ensure that the topics I knew best would be the ones to show up on the exam (this often happens when I try with all my heart).
The exam consisted of 3 questions. When the teacher dictated the first one, I was excited because I knew it almost by heart. When he dictated the second one I got anxious, because it was one of the few topics I had not studied. I calmed myself down thinking that the next and last one would be one I had memorized from head to toe, and listened attentively to the third question. My soul fell to my feet when I heard that it was the other topic that I had not studied much. I started to write very frustrated and, after the first question, I tried to accommodate answers from other subjects to the other two questions, adding the little I knew about the subject in question to make it clear to the teacher that I had studied and that I did know most of his subject.
I hoped that he would show me some mercy, especially considering that I am studying law in a language that is not mine, and the subject of the exam was the history of the country itself (i.e. very little legal content). After the exam, I began a prayer campaign asking for Guadalupe's help, inviting friends and family to accompany me. Although the wait was stressful - repeating the exam a third time would be very expensive - words cannot describe the relief I felt upon receiving the grade of "pass".
Let me clarify: it's not that I lacked faith, but this professor has a reputation for being very demanding, and the truth is it was highly unlikely that I would pass his exam. So, although I know that this favor can do little to advance Guadalupe's cause of canonization, I want to make it clear that her intercession in this event is just as meritorious and miraculous as if a tumor had disappeared. This is my way of thanking God and Guadalupe for showing me that miracles not only happen to other people, but can also happen to me.
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