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Mexican "Cristeros" Martyrs Beatified
Catholic World News ^ | 11/21/05

Posted on 11/21/2005 9:43:55 AM PST by marshmallow

Guadalajara, Nov. 21 (CWNews.com) - Cardinal José Saraiva Martins presided at the beatification of 13 Mexican martyrs of the 20th century, in ceremonies held in a soccer stadium in Guadalajara on November 20.

The martyrs-- 3 priests and 10 laymen-- were members of the Cristeros movement, which rose up in the late 1920s to defy the anti-religious strictures of the Mexican regime. They join a growing list of 20th-century Mexicans recognized by the Church, including the 25 martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II (bio - news) during his trip to Mexico in 2000.

In a message relayed to the Gaudalajara congregation by satelitte, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said that it was appropriate to hold the beatification ceremonies on the feast of Christ the King; many of the Cristeros martyrs shouted "Viva Cristo Rey!" as they faced their executioners.

The Pope made a point of naming the martyrs recognized on Sunday: Anacleto Gonzalez Flores and seven companions, José Trinidad Rangel, Andres Sola Molist, Leonardo Perez, Dario Acosta Zurita, and José Sanchez del Rio, who died at the age of 14.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: cristeros; kofc
Viva Cristo Rey!
1 posted on 11/21/2005 9:43:56 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Blessed José Sanchez del Rio

[Blessed Jose's] martyrdom was witnessed by several people, among them a seven-year-old boy who would later become the founder of a religious congregation, Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ and of the Regnum Christi Movement. In the book-length interview “Christ is my Life” (www.christismylife.org), he speaks of the decisive role that his friend, José Luis,’ testimony had for his vocation.

“He was captured by government forces, which wanted to give the civilian population that supported the Cristeros an exemplary lesson,” remembers the founder, who was then seven years old. “[…] Then the skin of the soles of his feet was sheered off, and he was obliged to walk through the village towards the cemetery,” he remembers. “He wept and moaned with pain, but would not give in. Every now and then, the stopped and said: ‘If you cry out “Death to Christ the King,” well will spare your life. Say “Death to Christ the King!”’ But he answered, ‘Hail to Christ the King!’” […] “Once in the cemetery, before shooting him, they asked him once more if he would deny his faith. He refused and was killed right then and there. He died crying out as many other Mexicans did: ‘Hail to Christ the King!’” […] “These are indelible images of my memory and of the memory of the Mexican people, although often there is not much mention of it in the official history” (Christ is my Life, n. 4).

2 posted on 11/21/2005 10:00:37 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...

Catholic ping!


3 posted on 11/21/2005 10:01:20 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: marshmallow; 8mmMauser

If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.


4 posted on 11/21/2005 10:10:57 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

Many enemies, much honor.


5 posted on 11/21/2005 12:00:22 PM PST by Theophane
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To: Incorrigible
Where did you get your tagline?

I've seen it exactly one other place: in a work of fiction. It was the motto of a bunch of (fictional) truly nasty, reprehensible people.

6 posted on 11/21/2005 12:40:59 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marshmallow

This is a part of Mexican history during the 20th Century that many are completely unaware of.


7 posted on 11/21/2005 12:47:54 PM PST by TotusTuus
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To: TotusTuus

Very true. Many people are also unaware that Mexico, technically, is a socialist state and officially very hostile to the Church. In fact, clergy only got official permission to wear their clericals on the street a few years ago.


8 posted on 11/21/2005 1:05:03 PM PST by livius
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To: ArrogantBustard; 8mmMauser
It's actually the motto of the Christeros!

Vicente Fox adopted it during his campaign for President of Mexico so I did some research and that's what I learned.

However, 8mmMauser informed me that a similar slogan was used in France during the revolution but others defending their Catholic faith.

Oddly enough, it was on this improbably titled thread:

Weapons Evaluations From A Marine Iraqi Vet

9 posted on 11/21/2005 1:56:44 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

Interesting. I suppose it takes on a different sort of spin, depending on whether it's used by satanic French revolutionaries, Catholic martyrs, or fictional communist racists.


10 posted on 11/21/2005 2:01:24 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Incorrigible
Hmmm ... and now I see it was used by good folks who fought against the French Revolution. I misunderstood.

thanks for the background.

11 posted on 11/21/2005 2:03:20 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AlaninSA; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
Many of the martyrs were members of the Knights of Columbus
 
St. José María Robles Hurtado -- Priest, Martyr and Knight : A Special Heart With a Special Beat
 
Brothers in Christ
 

12 posted on 11/21/2005 2:44:28 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Incorrigible

I believe a very similar slogan was used by the Catholic and Royal Army (of the Vendee) fighting the French Revolutionaries: "If I advance, follow me; if I am killed, avenge me; if I retreat, shoot me."

Viva Cristo Rey!


13 posted on 11/21/2005 3:15:01 PM PST by Theophane
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To: tlRCta; RKBA Democrat; fedupjohn; Warthogtjm; markomalley; lneuser; Coleus; ArrogantBustard; ...

Please FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to or removed from the KofC ping list.

14 posted on 11/21/2005 3:39:54 PM PST by AlaninSA (It's ONE NATION UNDER GOD...brought to you by the Knights of Columbus)
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To: marshmallow
Ran across the anti religion aspects of the Mexican revolution a few months ago while researching a topic on freemasonry. It is amazing that this happened just to our south, during the last 70 or so years, and no one knows about it.
15 posted on 11/21/2005 3:49:59 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: marshmallow

Miguel Pro's feast day is Wednesday. He is another Cristeros martyr and I think he was in the KofC too.

MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO

Memorial 23 November

Son of a mining engineer. From childhood he was known for high spirits and cheerfulness, and he grew up in a pious home. Born to privilege, he had great affinity for the poor and working classes. Jesuit novice at 20. Exiled during the Mexican revolution. Ordained in Belgium in 1925 at age 36. Victim of recurring stomach disorder. Returned to Mexico in 1926, a time when churches were closed, priests were in hiding, and persecution of the Church was policy. Father Miguel used disguises to conduct an underground ministry, bringing the comfort of charity and the sacraments to the faithful.

Falsely accused in 1927 of a bombing attempt, Pro became a wanted man, was betrayed to the police, and without trial, he was sentenced to death. The photograph on this page was taken the day of his martyrdom. As he was about to be shot, he forgave his executioners, refused a blindfold, and died shouting "Love live Christ the King!" The government prohibited a public funeral, but the faithful lined the streets when his body passed.

Born 13 January 1891 at Zacatecas, Mexico
Died martyred by firing squad in 1927

Beatified
25 September 1988 by Pope John Paul II


Readings
We ought to speak, shout out against injustices, with confidence and without fear. We proclaim the principles of the Church, the reigh of love, without forgetting that it is also a reign of justice.

Miguel Agustin Pro



Does our life become from day to day more painful, more oppressive, more replete with sufferings? Blessed be He a thousand times who desires it so. If life be harder, love makes it also stronger, and only this love, grounded on suffering, can carry the Cross of my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Miguel Agustin Pro


I believe, O Lord, but strengthen my faith... Heart of Jesus, I love Thee; but increase my love. Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; but give greater vigor to my confidence. Heart of Jesus, I give my heart to Thee; but so enclose it in Thee that it may never be separated from Thee. Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine; but take care of my promise so that I may be able to put it in practice even unto the complete sacrifice of my life.

Miguel Agustin Pro


16 posted on 11/21/2005 4:59:22 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: marshmallow

BTTT!


17 posted on 11/21/2005 6:19:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Theophane; Incorrigible; ArrogantBustard; Coleus; Salvation

Thank you, Incorrigible.

Si je recule, tuez moi; si j'avance, suivez
moi; si je meurs, vengez moi!

Click on the link on post #9.

We lived quite a few years in the Vendee.

The martyrs of the Vendee and the Cristeros are kindred. We are deeply touched by their sacrifice.

8mm


18 posted on 11/22/2005 5:26:42 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jesu ufam tobie..Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: TotusTuus

An excellent novel about it is "The Fourth Gift" by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007DY8G2/102-5874585-7836903?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance


19 posted on 11/22/2005 7:04:12 AM PST by nina0113
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To: TotusTuus

A novel about the Vendee:

I have a novel about it called "No Surrender", G.A. Henty, Scribners, 1899. From the other titles listed in the back of the book, Henty seems to have written a lot of inspirational (heroic-type, more than spiritual-) books for boys. I should really track them down for my nephews.


20 posted on 11/22/2005 7:22:18 AM PST by nina0113
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To: marshmallow
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

God calls each one of us to be a saint.
November 23, 2006
Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro
(1891-1927)

¡Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King) were the last words Father Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock.

Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, he entered the Jesuits in 1911 but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925.

He immediately returned to Mexico, where he served a Church forced to go “underground.” He celebrated the Eucharist clandestinely and ministered the other sacraments to small groups of Catholics.

He and his brother Roberto were arrested on trumped-up charges of attempting to assassinate Mexico’s president. Roberto was spared but Miguel was sentenced to face a firing squad on November 23, 1927. His funeral became a public demonstration of faith. He was beatified in 1988.

Comment:

In 1927 when Father Miguel Pro was executed, no one could have predicted that 52 years later the bishop of Rome would visit Mexico, be welcomed by its president and celebrate open-air Masses before thousands of people. Pope John Paul II made additional trips to Mexico in 1990, 1993 and 1999. Those who outlawed the Catholic Church in Mexico did not count on the deeply rooted faith of its people and the willingness of many of them, like Miguel Pro, to die as martyrs.

Quote:

During his homily at the beatification Mass, Pope John Paul II said that Father Pro “is a new glory for the beloved Mexican nation, as well as for the Society of Jesus. His life of sacrificing and intrepid apostolate was always inspired by a tireless evangelizing effort. Neither suffering nor serious illness, neither the exhausting ministerial activity, frequently carried out in difficult and dangerous circumstances, could stifle the radiating and contagious joy which he brought to his life for Christ and which nothing could take away (see John 16:22). Indeed, the deepest root of self-sacrificing surrender for the lowly was his passionate love for Jesus Christ and his ardent desire to be conformed to him, even unto death.”



21 posted on 11/23/2006 8:50:07 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Optional Memorial of Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, November 23, 2007!


22 posted on 11/23/2007 2:57:26 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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bumping for future reference


23 posted on 11/23/2007 6:17:48 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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