|Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio|
From a young age he had a great love and enthusiasm for the Blessed Sacrament, and encouraged his friends to have more devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Whenever Jose heard of the glorious battles of the Cristeros, which his two brothers were engaged in, his desire to join the holy army only intensified. Finally, Jose wrote a letter to one of the Cristero Generals, Prudencio Mendoza, pleading to be allowed to fight. The general acquiesced.
|Mexican soldiers "Cristeros" standing up for the Catholic Faith|
|From movie For the Greater Glory|
about Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio
|Representation of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio |
depicted in a movie about him
When he got to the cemetery, he was bleeding heavily. His torturers had also cut off the soles of his feet and forced him to walk on salt. The boy screamed with pain but would not give in. As the road was nothing but rocks and dirt, the stones where he had walked were soaked in his blood. The soldiers said: "If you shout, ‘Death to Christ the King’, we will spare your life."
He only answered:
The commander was so enraged that he pulled out his pistol and on February 10, 1928 killed Blessed Jose on the spot. There was no trial.
He was declared a martyr and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2005.