In Mexico religious ideals are not simply theoretical convictions. They are vibrant realities that permeate all areas of life. The faith and passions of the people create an environment in which miracles are desired and expected.
Images of the crucified Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the saints were regarded as potent sources of divine mercy in Posada's Mexico. Miraculous qualities were attributed to hundreds of religious representations and devotion to the images was the cause for great pilgrimages. Respect for these images was spread by the sales of "hojas religiosas" (religious handbills) which, on the reverse, recount the wonders of miracles or tell of human transgressions and the consequential punishment incurred by individuals who sin.