Milagros or miracles, found in many areas of Latin America, are used by the people to petition saints to ask for protection. In many of the churches, one can see wooden stautes of various saints, the Virgin mary, or of Christ. On these figures people often pin metal symbols of their prayers. These Milagros serve to remind the saint of the persons prayers or to thank the saint for prayers that have been answered. Hearts are often left to thank the saint for answering the prayers of the lovelorn.