Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (March 28, 1913 – February 10, 1928)

My son was recently asked to write about a person that he considers to be his hero. This is who he wrote about:

 
Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (March 28, 1913 – February 10, 1928) was a young Mexican Cristero who was put to death by government officials because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith. He has been declared a martyr and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2005.

. . . . At times they stopped him and said, 'If you shout, "Death to Christ the King" we will spare your life.' José would only shout, 'I will never give in. Viva Cristo Rey!'". . . .  Moments before his death, the boy drew a cross in the dirt and kissed it.

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