Today is the Feast of José Sánchez del Río.
I would very much like a relic of this wonderful saint for our time. Anyone?
I suspect many people, perhaps even among the readers here, have convinced themselves that the persecution of the Church and Christians on a great scale could never happen in our time. There couldn’t possibly be such a change in our present conditions such that Catholics, priests especially, were rounded up and shot against the walls of their churches, hanged in their sanctuaries, put into concentration camps. No, No. That couldn’t possibly happen.
Nor could a civilized society pass laws allowing abortion even up to the moment of entirely normal and natural birth. Nope. Couldn’t happen.
José Sánchez del Río, just a boy, joined the Cristeros when in Mexico there was a persecution of the Church by the government. Eventually he was captured. Soldiers made him watch the hanging of another Cristero in order to torment and break him, José – Josélito – encouraged the man, saying, “You will be in Heaven before me. Prepare a place for me. Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon”. His captors tortured him by flaying the skin of the soles of his feet, forcing him to walk through salt, and then walk to the cemetery where he was to be executed. The soldiers said that if he denied Christ, they would spare him. Josélito shouted “Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!”. They shot him. He was 14 years old.
He was beatified during the pontificate of John Paul II and Francis canonized him in 2016.
His relics are to venerated in the Church of Saint James the Apostle in Sahuayo.
Remember. This happened in the 20th c. But it could never happen today! Right?
Finally, there was a just too cool “coincidence” involving Josélito and the marvelous portable altars made by St. Joseph’s Apprentice. HERE