The Mexican Martyrs

Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions.  Padre Cristobal, 21 other Parish priests, along with 3 other lay men, suffered much for their faith in Christ during the Mexican government’s persecution of the Catholic Church during the years 1915 to 1937, eventually being put to death by the government for their courageous faith in Jesus Christ and His Church.  This feast has great relevance for us Catholics today, especially for us living in the United States.  Little by little, the religious freedom of us Catholics is being taken away.  The Obama administration has issued an unjust mandate from the Health and Human Services Committee, requiring the Catholic Church as well as other Christian organizations to have to pay for contraceptive and abortive services for their employees.  Recently, we have seen how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been targeting specific pro-life groups and others who have opposed the Obama administration and their aggressive agenda against the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the family.  Public prayer, whether in schools or in the military, and any public display of faith, are constantly being discouraged, and in some cases, strongly persecuted against.

Crucifixion of Christ by Albrecht Altdorfer, 1526

Crucifixion of Christ by Albrecht Altdorfer, 1526 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Back in Mexico during those years from 1915 to 1937, foreign born priests who had been working in Mexico were kicked out of the country, the Sacraments were not allowed to be celebrated, priests were not allowed to wear their religious garbs, and any Catholic publicly living their Faith were persecuted against and even physically harmed.  We have not reached that point YET here in our country, but we are surely heading in that direction.  Like the Mexican martyrs that we celebrated yesterday, let us not be afraid to be Catholic in every sense of the word, even to the point of giving our lives for our Savior Jesus Christ and His Church.  Let us echo those dying words of the Mexican Martyrs:  “Viva Cristo Rey y la Virgen Guadalupe!” (“Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe!).

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