The Stunning Story of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio featured in For Greater Glory

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Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio
Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio

In 1927, Catholic Mexico was immersed in a violent storm of religious persecution. The President of Mexico at that time was a despot named Plutarco Calles.  His hatred for the Church had no limits. He killed priests and burned churches.

In legitimate self defense, countless Catholics took up arms to defend their Faith.  Whenever they charged into battle, the Cristeros, as they were called, shouted: "Viva Cristo Rey!" "Long live Christ the King!"


Young Jose Joins the Cristeros


Many Catholics shed their blood in this conflict.  Many were martyred. And Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio was among them.  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.

Capture and Imprisonment

In a certain battle, Jose was rushing to bring a fellow soldier a new supply of ammo.  Just then, he caught sight of the General whose horse had been shot dead.  On foot, without a horse, the General was extremely vulnerable. 

Making a sacrifice that might cost him his life, Jose freely gave the general his own horse.  Moments later, he was caught by the federalists and locked up in a church sacristy that had been turned into a prison.  One of the guards had put a number of expensive fighting roosters inside the church for safekeeping.  This sacrilege troubled young Jose. He said: "This is not a barnyard! This is a place for God!"  He soon caught all the prized roosters and snapped their necks.

The enemies of Christ the King soon decided to kill him.

Holy Boldness in Defense of the Faith

On the way to execution, soldiers struck him savagely with sharp machetes.  With every blow, the young boy cried out, "Viva Cristo Rey!"  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: "Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!"

The commander ordered the soldiers to bayonet Jose.  They pierced his body.   But with every stab he only shouted louder and louder: "Viva Cristo Rey!"  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.

Blessed Jose is an outstanding example of faith and courage for all Catholic young men — for you— who wish to be faithful to Christ.  He was declared a martyr and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2005.

Blessed Jose, pray for us!

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+33 # Jim Knivel 2011-10-31 18:24
Wow that is a story to remember for all time. Such a young man and a faithful Catholic to boot. It is no wondner the Pontiff blessed him for all time.
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+8 # Lawrencr S. Hallaron 2013-06-15 08:42
How many would walk on salt with your feet slashed to the bone and never give up Christ. I cry and cry every time I read this.
Having a terminal illness I have no income. When i saw this movie I prayed to holy Jose del Rio, I got a 6,000.00 check from the mail from a class action settlement.
As my crisis worsened I prayed and cried as I watched holy Jose del Rio, as my health declined I get a telephone call the next morning I got news my social security would be issued. As my mortgage payments plumbed a negative 13,000.00 plus dollars I surrendered my life totally to God. As I prayed for a cancer patient of glioma of the brain. He has no cancer and no secerosis of the brain and from a recent scat scan. God's saint is in our home. God has real saints to lift us and be at our bedside. Let the world know God is upon those of faith.
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+20 # Lisa Snow 2011-10-31 19:22
How old was Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio? He reminds me of Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco. Amazing Holy Courage!
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+17 # Gabriel 2012-06-02 17:15
Jose was 13 years old.
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+6 # Patrick Eoin Brogan 2012-07-31 15:27
Jose Luis was born on 28 March 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacan, making him just shy of his 15th birthday when he was gunned down.
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+5 # Heather 2013-04-04 03:28
Such a brave young man! I only pray I could be half that brave! And what a wonderful Saint for our young men of today, who are in so much NEED of a true role model to relate too.

Someone that they can ask for intercession on school grounds, against the attacks & bullying, & to remind them of the importance of defending Jesus, & Beautiful Church. We are losing our young men. Our young, honorable/ moral/ God fearing, young men!

God Bless you Jose!
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0 # Dee 2013-04-14 14:12
He was 14 years old at the time of his martyrdom
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+29 # JOHN R. BOTIFOLL 2011-10-31 20:36
THE CHRISTIANS ARE THE VICTIMS OF PERSECUTION AND VIOLENCE ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE WORLD IS UNDER LUCIFER'S REIGN, THAT IS WHY WE SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT ALWAYS. JOSE LIVES IN OUR HEARTS AND HE IS WATCHING OVER ALL OF US FOR JESUS SAID AS IN JOHN CHAPTER 15:13 "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS...!!!
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+23 # Andrew Pilskalns 2011-10-31 21:38
This is stunning. This Jose Sanchez del Rio is a beautiful young man of God. It has to be the Holy Spirit in such a person to forsake the world and look to happiness with Christ. May we all accept the Holy Spirit.
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+25 # Carlos Poblet 2011-11-01 09:47
Excellent article!Every generation has a battle. Each one of us has to take one side or the other. Today we are told to be silent or reject our faith also in many ways, some of them very subtle. We have to speak out!!!"Viva Cristo Rey!" Loving truly our neighbor is impossible without the living faith in Christ, the faith of His Church. We have to give of ourselves all of ourselves. That is the true faith of our Lord. It is a daily battle and prayer is the greatest weapon. It leads us to the activity of the Holy Spirit of God. We have to do our part.
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+27 # Elvira Lopez 2011-11-01 10:38
I can not believe there was so much hate
in Mexico. Jose pray for all young kids that they are in Mexico now and been involved with drug dealers.
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+22 # Dennis E. White 2011-11-01 11:10
Viva Cristo Rey, viva Jose Cristeros
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+7 # Ofelia 2012-06-14 20:56
Que VIVA!!
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+13 # Marie Wolfs 2011-11-01 11:17
Thank you for the information about this saint of our times. I had no idea. I have visited Our Lady of Guadeloupe, but cannot understand that Mexico is the way it is inspite of Mother Mary's presence through the Tilma in that beautiful church.
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+14 # Martha 2011-11-01 11:19
Thank you for sharing this story!

VIVA CRISTO REY!
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+38 # JOE H.ESPINOSA SR. 2011-11-01 11:34
MWXICO HAS NOT CHANGED IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF MEXICO IS CHRISTIAN.THE U.S.A. IS IN THE SAME BOAT..AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN MAJORITY YET ANTI-CHRISTIAN FORCES RULE,THEY CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL AS CONGRESS AND WE DO NOTHING TO TAKE OUR NATION BACK. WE NEED TO FOLLOW BLESSED JOSE'S EXAMPLE. LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING.....
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+18 # Edward Kearney 2011-11-01 11:36
What an example for youth.
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+14 # patricia cohoon 2011-11-01 11:41
One of the heroes of God's Church we proudly honor today.
A blessed and holy All Saints Day to one and all. Viva Cristo Rey. Viva our Lady of Guadalupe.
Patsy
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+26 # Jeff Sale 2011-11-01 11:46
Wonderful story.
"Pray the Rosary Daily."

- Jeff Sale
"Jesus, Mary, I love you, Save Souls!"
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+17 # Ron Lehr 2011-11-01 11:47
This young lad was exceptionally brave. It is horrific what he suffered but I know he went directly to heaven. God bless him.
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+20 # andreina del villar 2011-11-01 11:49
I am Mexican and did not know the story, it is beautiful Thank you
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+8 # Mary Beth Bajis 2012-08-02 21:02
One of the actors in the movie "For Greater Glory" did not know about the war either. So you are not alone. He said it was kept out of Mexico's history. I wonder why!! Viva Christo Rey!
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+25 # Ricardo 2011-11-01 12:12
Dear Editor:

Thank you for this great story about Blessed Jose. The Church needs more Christains like this...especially in the leadership.

Respectfully,
Ricardo
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+41 # michael velasco 2011-11-01 12:13
My family lived in Zapotlanejo where they hid their Parish Priest in their home when the Federalistas came looking for him. They risked their lives also. My Grand Father and Grand Uncle had prices put on their heads and escaped to the USA where my Grand Mother, Father and his brothers joined them later. The mason's (No capital "M") captured their Priest, Father Jose Isabel Flores Varela, some time later, tortured and executed him. He was Canonized as a martyr. My Father's Grand Aunt, Maria Natividad Venegas de la Torre was Canonized in May of 2000 and became Santa Maria Venegas de Jesus Sacramentado. This little town of Zapotlanejo has provided 2 Saints, both of which have strong connections to my family.
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+15 # ghv 2012-06-21 02:23
Wow, this is fascinating. My family is from Los Altos de Jalisco, namely Encarnacion di Diaz.
Your story is amazing.
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+1 # jose luis garcia 2012-12-11 16:37
esta es una de las historias mas pujantes de nuestra epoca, como dicen en Mexico, "Y quien los mató? Calles-se la boca!!!! Yo tambien soy de Los Altos de Jalisco, Teocaltiche, para ser exactos, tengo familiares De Anda que uno de ellos fue canonisado por el Papa, tambien tengo varios libros de mi primo, Nicolas De Anda, que escribió hace 10 años, y describen la historia de los Cristeros.
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+20 # Luis 2011-11-01 12:24
JMJ

It is great to be reminded about greatness of the Cristeros and Blessed José in particular. And there are other saints and beatos from that era also, including Blessed Father Miguel Pro. Americans should pay particular attention to, not only the heroism of these great Catholics, but also the persecution by the Masons, including Plutarco Elías Calles (not Plutarco Calles), which can easily happen here in the United States--do not doubt this: Obama and his ilk want exactly that, the suppression of our Holy Church. The secularists, humanists, Masons, did not win in Mexico and they will not win here, but we must be vigilant. Intercede for us, Holy Mother of God, Virgencita querida.
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+19 # Bosco Emmanuel 2011-11-01 12:46
So young and so brave!Blessed Jose, please pray for us and our children.
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+25 # Victor M. Fierro 2011-11-01 12:53
If only we had his courage our Church the One and Only Catholic Church would stop the sin of Abortion.
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+14 # Edward Mignone 2011-11-01 13:05
What a blessing to read that there were heros of this kind. I just cannot beleive that there were such mean and heartless people to attack such a good person. Our Lord who is so merciful I am sure has given Blessed Jose among the highest places in Heaven. What an example in today's world.
Ed. Mignone, President
Little Society of The Sacred Ht of Jesus
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+12 # maria 2011-11-01 13:12
help us young people, men/women/elderly//Cardinals/Bishops.priests/seminarians//religious - all to have your courage in every moment of our life--
Courage to die for our Faith, for our Church. .. This is what a true christian, a true Catholic is- nothing less.'
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+13 # Carmelo Cutajar 2011-11-01 13:20
Viva Kristu Re. This expression is in my own language,Maltese. It has the same meaning and almost the same pronunciation as "Viva Cristo Rey" . I admire your courage dear Jose. You have suffered but now you are rejoicing. How I wish to be able to suffer a bit for Christ! Jesus had suffered so much for us all, me included. Dear Jose, Pray for us.
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+11 # Jeannon Kralj 2011-11-01 13:37
I read a book by a priest titled "No God Next Door" and it told about that terrible time in Mexico around 1927. It was a very Satanically evil movement.

That photo of Blessed Jose shows how a saint is also beautiful physically. Look at his perfect features and beautiful countenance.

I pray we all can learn to love Jesus and Mary more and more each day.
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+15 # Tomasa L. Garcia 2011-11-01 13:38
Thank you for this inspirational story. Stories such as this need to be told over and over again.
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+13 # beverly galtieri 2011-11-01 13:42
What a magnificent witness to God through a Roman Catholic young man with more courage than one would expect. He is a hero and a saint and a true example of one who defends his faith. It is wonderful to know that this kind of courage exists in the world today. May he be canonized as soon as possible for the love of Jesus and Mary.
Beverly J. Galtieri
La Pieta Prayer Group
Mother of Joy House of Prayer
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+12 # marie carmel calixte 2011-11-01 13:44
THAT'S GREAT , HE IS AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL FAITHFULL CATHOLICS.
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+14 # Bernadette 2011-11-01 13:52
This young martyr and all the courageous Cristeros are truly an inspiration to us in this, our day of softness and apathy. Doesn't your heart thrill and beat a little faster as you read about the faith and bravery of this boy in the face of a sure and extremely painful death? Do you imagine you could even think of Jesus and Mary in the face of such tortures, let alone call out, "Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady!" I hope I make it to heaven for many reasons, and one of them is to meet and forever be in the company of this boy, this hero of our Faith, this shining example of the burning love of The Sacred Heart within him, this beautiful Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio. Viva Cristo Rey!
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+12 # Jim 2011-11-01 13:57
The lives of the saints always amazes me. Today I learn of yet another most powerful & brave saint who gave his life for Christ. Blessed Jose pray for us!
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+10 # Rev. N George-Hacker 2011-11-01 14:14
Thank you for this inspiring story of a true saint and martyr. May Blessed Jose's example lead us to bolder expressions of our Christian faith. Viva Cristo Rey!
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+9 # John F. Early 2011-11-01 14:15
In the end, I would certainly hope to have the same courage. Another instance of sublime bravery is that of (Sir) William Wallace, Scottish hero. The movie "Braveheart" shows him looking out at the crowd during his execution scene, seeing the ghost or whatever, of his beloved deceased wife. The real story is that his gaze was fixed upon a Psalter that some kind soul was holding up for him. As he died so horribly, Wallace took comfort in sacred words inspired by the Holy Spirit.
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+9 # Aijo Francis 2011-11-01 14:55
The passion for being in such a faith is amazing and inspiring us to lead a life of a saint.. GOD to be praised
Amen
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+12 # John Flaherty 2011-11-01 15:03
Given the present state of these United States, one must wonder how long it'll be before such acts as Jose's might become more frequent, if not commonplace.
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+10 # Emmanuel Belena 2011-11-01 15:39
What bravery, idealism and fidelity! Nothing close to what we see in our young generation of today. Most are in one way or another living a life centered arond themselves, not God.
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+3 # John Hadley 2011-11-01 15:58
A.M.D.G.
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+14 # Ana 2011-11-01 16:49
Thank you for sharing the story of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio! He can surely be an intercessor for all of us young and old, to have courage when we hear and see the realities of this world today!... many around the world are being prepared for martyrdom and the formation of saints is only through the crosses of daily life! Dear Blessed Jose help us to be courageous to bring the truths of the Gospel to others, help us to conquer fear and makes humble and not worry about what they will think of us! Help us to help ourselves and others to get to heaven in the midst of trial! Blessed Mother Mary, protect our children, protect our families, Spouse of the Holy Spirit present these prayers to our Lord, and pray for us!
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+11 # anne 2011-11-01 16:50
This is the kind of example our youth need today. Reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament ...but who will teach it to them?

Anne
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0 # Barbara 2013-11-19 16:00
I watched the story/movie (For Greater Glory)then shared it with two of my grandchildren 8 and 9 years old. I was advised the movie was not for children. They really appreciated it! It opened even more holy dialogue for us. They are so inspired by Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio. Little Jose continues to be a blessing to everybody who invites him into their homes and encourages him to stay. Sincerely, Barbara
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+15 # Black 2011-11-01 17:06
I am speechless. Such courage numbs the brain, shocking it into a chilling reality of what we should all do - on bended knees crying out for Mercy for our sins - defending Our Faith as if its was Our last Moments - Living like Saints as God wants us to. Oh little Martyr pray for poor Mexico that need your courage today. Pray for me - Thank You God for little Jose
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+10 # Diane 2011-11-01 17:08
With All Saints Day upon us this story is so appropriate.
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+12 # [email protected] 2011-11-01 17:25
Oh Beautiful and most courageous blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, I am humbled by your strength and faithfulness in the face of such cruelty and terror. Blessed Jose, please pray for us and may God bless you abundantly in eternity.

Amen!
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+14 # Lidia Brancolino 2011-11-01 17:39
It would be wonderful if you could publish this wonderful story in Spanish. Mexican people would treasure it as a great gift.
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+10 # Rupert 2011-11-01 18:41
Amazing story of a great saint.
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+11 # Rupert 2011-11-01 18:43
A great martyr and saint.
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+10 # Pentti Lund 2011-11-01 20:07
Bravo!

Jose Sanchez del Rio.
Pentti Lund
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+12 # Peggy Kriss 2011-11-01 20:48
This was a very beautiful, inspiring story of the faith and courage of such a young boy.
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+24 # Connie Reza 2011-11-01 21:49
I'm proud to say that my uncle was one of the Cristeros, he survived to tell us all the fights he was involved in.
God bless all those courageous men and woman that stood up for the Catholic Faith, thanks to them the Faith in Mexico is still alive.
Viva Cristo Rey y Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!!!!
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+13 # Robert Matose 2011-11-01 21:57
Amazing story. God Bless and rest Jose's soul !!!!!
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+14 # John Zubalik, III 2011-11-01 22:15
Beautiful story of Blessed Jose! How many could summon this courage today?
Viva Cristo Rey !!!
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+15 # Tout 2011-11-01 22:23
Where did Blessed Jose find the strength? Lord, help me. Blessed Jose, help me.
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+13 # Bernardino Rodriguez 2011-11-01 22:30
O yeah! I'm sure there was a trial in heaven for all the evil people that killed Jose. I wonder where their souls are now. Jose made it into the fresh breeze of heaven. The bad ones might be in hell for eternity. The pay back of sin is very severe.
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+17 # Mary Frances Garcia 2011-11-01 22:37
Like blessed Fr. Pro and many other Mexican Cristeros we have them to look up to for examples of true faithfulness. We have them interceding for us now!
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+14 # John Rozzi 2011-11-01 22:42
Would that I, and that we, all, could have the temerity, the love and the faith that blessed Jose had to the end! What a soldier in the Army of Christ! Pray for me, Saint Jose, in this regard.
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+18 # Erlinda Zelaya 2011-11-02 08:58
What a beautiful story! We need to have more Joses in this world. Testimonies like this strengthen my beautiful Catholic faith!
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+15 # Br.Sobichen Mathew 2011-11-02 09:57
I am so happy to get the history of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio.... great.. let us imitate his life in our lives and I am sure he is praying for us..
Blessed Jose Sanchez pray for me and all.

with prayers, your Br.Sobichen Mathew,
Theology student
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+20 # Delia Garcia 2011-11-02 11:22
What a sad and joyous inspirational story. Would that my own faith be a little like this wonderful role model. His short life speaks of the great love God has for us all. Viva Cristo Rey! and indeed: Blessed Jose, do pray for us.
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+27 # e a towne 2011-11-02 13:53
THIS IS A GREAT STORY! I HOPE THAT MY 3 EX MARINE CORP SONS WOULD ACT THE SAME UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES...BRING ALL LOST SOULS BACK TO THE LORD!
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+13 # Peter melchiano 2011-11-02 16:03
Today is All Souls Day, yesterday was All Saints Day,how blessed it was for me to learn of this blessed child Jose. I feel so confident Jose went straight to our Lord,s arms. Christ Jesus, save us with your Mercy.
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+12 # robert sorsaia 2011-11-02 20:12
I enjoyed this story; sometimes we must lay down our life for the faith to proclaim Jesus Christ and my faith.
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+11 # Arthur Wanamaker 2011-11-02 23:40
what we all should think and pray for Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio for sainthood.
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+13 # Arthur Wanamaker 2011-11-02 23:42
Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio lets pray for his sainthood.
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+13 # J. Jacklin 2011-11-03 03:14
I learned about the Cristeros in Latin America but I don't think the are widely known (or unknown?) in Canada.
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+16 # Joseph 2011-11-03 08:03
This is a very encouraging story, especially such a time when morality is mortified and evil is highly glorified.
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+10 # Golub 2011-11-03 16:34
Amazing inspired story!
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+12 # E. V. Nolasco 2011-11-03 22:31
Thank you for sharing this story. It strengthened my resolve to be like Blessed Jose when faced with a similar situation. He's an excellent example of a Christian martyr.
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+15 # Teresa 2011-11-04 16:57
Oh most Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio please pray for me that I may have the same courage and strong faith that you had in the face of such persecution...Blessed Jose, please pray for my family members and all souls here on earth as we STAND FIRM in our Catholic Faith.
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+11 # Kathleen Jones 2011-11-05 12:17
I agree with Lidia Brancolino. Publish this in Spanish. This young man is a saint.
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+9 # Therese 2011-11-10 22:41
What a Hero for Christ,we need to place this story before all young people to give all an example to look up to. Blessed Jose pray for us all, especially those lacking courage when faced with temptation.
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+10 # Donald Clive Schieme 2011-11-11 21:37
To be strong and perfect Christians and Soldiers of Jesus Christ the King of kings
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+8 # Caroline Richbourg 2011-11-12 09:27
We in he USA seldom remember that Mexico had many martyrs for the Faith and that we should ask them to intercede for our country, for Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and all the countries of the New World.
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+1 # carlos 2011-11-15 21:36
I did not used inappropriate language on my last comment and you did not posted. All what I did wrote is that I can't understand how this was allowed by God. I don't get it ... that's all. Do you? Because if you do then explain it to me because I am weak. Blessings and Greetings!
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+6 # Joel 2011-11-18 05:40
What a strong faith may God thro intercesion of blessed Jos give me strength to that strong in faith to christ the king
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+7 # Mike Parish 2011-11-18 13:12
Quoting carlos:
I did not used inappropriate language on my last comment and you did not posted. All what I did wrote is that I can't understand how this was allowed by God. I don't get it ... that's all. Do you? Because if you do then explain it to me because I am weak. Blessings and Greetings!


Carlos, God has blessed each of us with free will. He cannot interfer with the actions of those who chose evil without taking away the free will that also allowed Blessed Jose to choose to be Holy. God Bless you as you continue to strive to understand his infinate wisdom.
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+8 # Jackie 2011-11-18 15:55
Quoting carlos:
I did not used inappropriate language on my last comment and you did not posted. All what I did wrote is that I can't understand how this was allowed by God. I don't get it ... that's all. Do you? Because if you do then explain it to me because I am weak. Blessings and Greetings!


God loved man so much that He gave man free will, which means He allows us to make our own choices in life. This was not something of God's doing, but of man's doing. These men who did this to blessed Jose chose to do this and those who watched chose to allow it to happen.

God does not intervene in every bad situation and it is an unfortunate part of life that bad things happen to good people. But through it all God loves all of us. Believers and followers of God will be rewarded beyond this life, a life in heaven is the true reward to everything we endure. I believe Blessed Jose was swept straight up into the arms of God in heaven upon his death.
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0 # Ellen Vanous 2013-01-12 21:36
Hi Carlos, if you read other lives of the saints, you will find in them a great love of God and the saints and a willingness to die for that love. The love of God should be our first and foremost love. To die for the love of God is to go straight to Heaven. Peace. Many of us are weak. Pray and seek for knowledge; it will strength you.
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+5 # Donald 2011-12-17 21:11
I certainly agree that Blessed Jose is, in fact, a very holy Saint (whether he is ever OFFICIALLY canonized or not, factually speaking, he is already a saint). I wish to God that I had a mere 1/100th of this young guy's courage.
I had heard that the persecution of Catholicism in Mexico had been severe. I never knew before now that those wretches bayonetted children. Monsters. One thing though, (and I'm a convert, so bear with me, okay?) the Apostles never told the early Church Christians to EVER violently fight back against THEIR brutal oppressors. So I suspect that the Cristeros did so because, unlike the ancient Roman Pagans, the Mexican Federalists HAD BEEN Roman Catholics and were now violent Apostates who knew better than to persecute the Church. The martyr St. Stephen prayed for salvation for his killers. That is why Saul is SAINT Paul today. I think Jose prayed for his killers too. God love him. May he pray for me and my dear family.
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+4 # Donald 2011-12-17 21:15
Dear Bernardino, yes the payback for sin is very severe, but do not WISH a severe payback on those violent antiCatholic men. Do NOT make that mistake, however justified your outrage is, and your outrage IS justified. If we WISH a severe payback on ANY sinner or criminal, God WILL, despite the Atonement of Jesus, inflict a very severe "strict justice without mercy" payback on US for OUR past mortal sins because WE wished that on OTHERS for THEIRS. Jesus said so, explicitly. So never wish that ANYONE "rot in prison" or "burn in hell." Christ died to bring the EVIL to permanent repentance, not to save the "righteous" who therefore need no saving. Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Christ to grant full repentance to even the most EVIL sinners and apostates. God love you, Beranrdino.
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+1 # Donald 2011-12-17 21:21
Actually, God WILL intervene in most bad situations if you pray hard enough. Especially if the situation is TOO SEVERE for the level of Spiritual Growth that you have personally attained to. If it is too much for you personally, He will not subject you to it. Some people have amazing spiritual growth at an early age. Jose was one of them. Some,like me, take a LONG TIME to begin to grow spiritually. I hope Jose prays for me, because I really need it. Another example: NOT ALL Catholics in Germany in WWII were sent to concentration camps. Thousands were, but that's still a small percentage, because comparatively FEW Catholics have grown spiritually to the point where the could endure the horror, as did Saint Max Kolbe and Saint Edith Stein. Most Catholics could NEVER have endured that. At my level, I certainly could not endure such horror. God knows that.
Blessed Jose, please pray for all of us and for ALL sinners no matter how vile. AMEN.
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+5 # Denise Tomlinson 2012-06-07 09:44
This young boy has truly inspired me greatly. St. Jose please pray for all of us sinners here still on earth.Amen
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+6 # Dawn Schioppo 2012-06-08 19:57
Such an inspiration. To have such faith is truly a gift from God. I'll remember this story for the rest of my life. Thank you Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio. Watch over me and my family. Viva Cristo Rey!
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+9 # Joseph 2012-06-15 18:09
I have just seen the moving picture "For Greater Glory", which tells the story of the Cristeros. It was beautiful. These people had such faith. The devotion of Blessed Jose and his bravery were magnificantly portrayed, as was his martyrdom. He is an example for all of us, especially today when our own faith is being tested.. VIVA CRISTO REY
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+7 # Mel 2012-06-18 22:29
Sadly, today in America, a lot of children his age know little about our Father, let alone let themselves be Martyred for him as well. We need to teach and save our children from everyday sin, and bring back early family traditions.
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+5 # Bernard Lenehan 2012-07-03 12:35
What a wonderfully, inspiring story. Please pray for us in England dear Jose.
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+4 # Christopher Faulds 2012-07-31 11:11
+JMJ+
Viva Cristo Rey!!!

May we all have the confidence and COURAGE during these difficult times to follow this young mans example.

Christopher
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+2 # Dolores OSullivan 2012-07-31 11:45
JOSE'S BEAUTIFUL STORY IS DEPICTED IN THE RECENT, WONDERFUL MOVIE FOR THE GREATER GLORY.

THANK YOU FOR TELLING HIS STORY.
GOD BLESS YOU
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+2 # Dolores OSullivan 2012-07-31 11:47
INFORMATION ON THE MOVIE OF JOSE

http://www.forgreaterglory.com/
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+3 # Todd Brechbill 2012-07-31 11:55
A true role model for all boys and young men in perseverance. He is the patron saint of Conquest Programs - Catholic youth ministry for boys. Www.conquestclubs.com
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+3 # Noel de Souza 2012-07-31 11:55
What a beautiful story, or one so young and yet was ready to sacrifice his life for his country. Blessed Jose for all of us that we follow your example.
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+1 # Carlos 2012-07-31 12:10
With all my respect to your belief, I am a catholic as well ... but I found this history deeply terrible and scary! Sorry but I do not understand.
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+1 # Mike 2012-07-31 19:27
I understand what you are saying Carlos. I think stories like the Cristeros in Mexico or the war on the Vendee during the French Revolution need to be told though, so that we realize that there are major enemies of the Church, possibly even within our midst. Not many Catholics realize that every Pope since John XXIII have encouraged Catholics to be conscientious objectors. Possibly it's because we have the threat of nuclear war now. Or maybe the Popes are thinking if nobody fights there won't be a war, I don't know. That said it would be hard for me to do nothing if our Catholic Churches were being burnt or our priest were being killed like they were in Mexico and the Vendee. The Church has also condemned Liberation Theology as a heresy. I trust TFP will keep that in mind and try not to get Catholics fired up too much.
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+3 # Mary 2012-07-31 12:21
The movie. For the Greater Glory tells the story of the Cristeros and the martyrs. It was recently in theaters and may still be around. Sadly, it was not well publicized. Because of the violence of the revolution, it is not for young children.
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+3 # Pat 2012-07-31 12:59
Recently, I too saw the film, "For Greater Glory" that tells the story of the Cristeros and Blessed Jose. I sat on the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie. What a story! The film was over 2 hours long, but kept all in the theater so engrossed, there was not a peep from anyone - Prior to seeing this film, I had no idea anything like this had taken place in Mexico.
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+2 # Wanda 2012-07-31 13:23
Oh yes, Viva Cristo Rey!
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+2 # sr. marie teresa 2012-07-31 13:35
What a witness to all of us who struggle with the ordinary. Extraordinary courage and witness to love invites us all to live our lives with faith, trust, fervor.
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+3 # Llinda Vorderer 2012-07-31 13:44
Blessed Jose's story is dramatically illustrated in the movie (now showing in selected theaters) For Greater Glory. I saw this movie; it is excellent. I recommend you find where it is showing, and spread the word. It is worth it. If you Google For Greater Glory you will probably find a trailer clip.
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+1 # Carole Henry 2012-08-01 20:22
This movie was one of the best movies I ever saw. The horrible acts that were committed against the Cristeros who were defending their faith encouraged me to be outspoken in these times if intolerance against the Catholic Church.
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+5 # Rev John M Zimmerman 2012-07-31 13:45
I wonder who will be the United States' version of this hero. The US is simply repeating the history of this nation's revolution as well as the Russian and French Revolutions - we might even end up repeating the "Babylonian Exile." We will need faithful, courageous heroes such as blessed Jose.
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+2 # susan 2012-07-31 19:25
It will be a priest or rather Bishop, that can put church politics aside, and stop worrying about offending the cafeteria Catholics. Someone who can awaken Catholics from their slumber to stand up for the unborn and stop the holocaust of abortion. WE have the numbers to do it. WE need a leader.
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+1 # Gina Nakagawa 2012-07-31 13:55
May I share this article on my Facebook Timeline. It is a wonderful and inspiring story.
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+1 # Tammy vu-Tran 2012-07-31 14:45
A wonderful story about how a 13 yrs old boy to died for God and became a Saint. St. Sanchez del Rio. It such a nice story... He is a good mirror for young men and women in the world today.. I wish that you can post more stories like this so every one, especially young people will see and think about how to keep their faith, their souls and not to being so selfish...
St. Sanchez del Rio, pray for us sinners. God Bless you and Bless the whole world for today's peace and all Catholic Faiths. Amen.
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+1 # Michael Crimmins 2012-07-31 14:57
As resolute and proud Catholics we should be uplifted by this recounting of the the faith of this youth. We don't expect people as young as he to show such stoicism and determination to defend the fire that burned in his heart for God. long may we remember his ultimate sacrifice in deference to tender age and his future. He gave it all up for his love of the he loved and KNEW loved him.
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+1 # IRENE 2012-07-31 15:30
WE CAN PRAY TO HIM TO INTERCEDE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
....FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THEIR FAITH AND THE
PROTECTION OF THEIR SOULS.
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+3 # IRENE 2012-07-31 15:35
WE SHOULD PRAY FOR HIM TO INTERCEDE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THEIR FAITH AND THE PROTECTION OF THEIR SOULS.....THEY ARE ALREADY CAUGHT IN THE SPIRITUAL WARFARE OF THIS CULTURE.
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+1 # Christina Long 2012-07-31 16:01
The movie For Greater Glory tells the whole story. I urge everyone to see the movie it's all about the times in Mexico in the early 20's..Very well done. You won't be disappointed.
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+1 # Josefa 2012-07-31 16:38
No, he was fifteen when he was martyred. Born in 1913 and martyred in 1928
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+1 # Philip 2012-07-31 17:34
Noel de Souza, little Jose didn't exactly do it for his country. Josesito did it for Christ the King. Viva Cristo Rey!!!!
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+1 # Curtis Bratcher 2012-07-31 18:06
The Mexican President was a Freemason and an Atheist. Today our Church has said that a Catholic man cannot be a Mason and receive the Eucharist. Now with this story we see one of many reasons why our church has declared that we cannot become Masons. It is opposed to Catholicism. Go to www.vatican.va and search freemason.
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0 # Mike 2012-08-02 14:21
Yes Curtis, the Church has been speaking out against Freemasonry since 1738. Freemasonry was behind the persecution of Catholics in Mexico in the 1920s, the genocide of the Vendee during the French Revolution, the persecution of Catholics in the Scottish Highlands which brought about the 1715, 1719 and 1736 Risings and I'm sure many more could be listed. The Popes since John XXIII have encouraged Catholics to be conscientious objectors and condemned Liberation Theology as a heresy. But like my Highland ancestors I don't think I could stand idle while Catholic Churches were being burnt and good priests were being hung, drawn and quartered just for saying the Holy Mass.
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+1 # Susan Schneider 2012-07-31 20:01
For Greater Glory is the movie that is a must see, Andy Garcia plays the lead and it is wonderful.
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+1 # BEATRIZ 2012-08-01 11:55
I can imagine, his soul bright like the sun flying freely to heaven after all those terrible pains, and Jesus Crist waiting for him with open arms, he chose the to please the King of kings
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+1 # Brandit B 2012-08-01 20:40
I am inspired and challenged upon reading the story of this Young Christian Martyr, Blessed Jose. He faced death without fear for his faith. He showed his love for Jesus by giving up his life.
In our present times the church is facing persecution. Not only in America but to any part of the world. We need to stand up and fight for our faith. We need to follow the example of Blessed Jose for us to show our love for Jesus.
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0 # Sharon 2012-08-01 21:38
The way that the world, including the United States, is heading, I won't be surprised if that happens in America within the next 50 years or less. Everyone is trying to silence Christians. Instead of arguing about which Christian religion is better, we ought to stand together and fight the atheists, and anyone who dares try to intimidate Christians. This is our country as well. We have Christian rights, even though the media and anti Christians don't want it to seem that way.
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+2 # Nadine Adams 2012-08-01 22:09
Faith such as this many of us do not have! We have slipped into such apathy. As I read this young boy's story I wondered if I could have responded in such a heroic way. Blessed Jose must indeed be enjoying the beatific vision!!!
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+1 # William DeLeshe 2012-08-02 02:41
Now I can understand when it says we should have faith like children. That is not to question our faith to the last detail,but to love our God,and be inspired as Blessed Jose was.....That young boy should be an inspiration to all of us...As young as he was we should we should all look up to him.
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+1 # Mary Beth Bajis 2012-08-02 20:57
Jose is a Saint of our times at this time. I am going to send this to my son. He does not believe in organized religion any more. Maybe this will get his attention, I hope and I pray to the Lord.
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0 # Mary Beth Bajis 2012-08-02 21:06
I live in PA and so far the movie "For Greater Glory" has not come here. I would really like to see it. I am going to send this article around.
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+1 # vincent v. stankay 2012-08-03 14:04
This brave young man's story was told in the movie - "For Greater Glory". My wife and I saw it not too long ago. It was so beautiful and at the same time so sad. Too bad it wasn't given more publicity by mainstream news in America. Our parish church in West Palm Beach, Florida advertised it through the Knights of Columbus. These are the kind of stories that should be told for all of us now in this day and age. God Bless us all.
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0 # Marie Czarnecki 2012-08-03 23:35
Very inspiring, and makes you wonder where we the GREAT UNITED STATES IS HEADING...They way people are killing each other, and all the DOMESTIC PROBLEMS. God help them all when they meet their MASTER..Love the LORD and the BLESSED MOTHER....
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-2 # Lea 2012-08-06 11:16
It bothers me that you only consider him to be an example for Catholic men. Are women not worthy of being martyrs also? Can a girl not also follow the example of a man who dies for Christ?
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-1 # ImBatman 2012-08-10 16:16
I think so, Lea. There are many examples of women saints who gave their lives for Christ. Joan of Arc and Saint Philomena for example. But while the example of Blessed Jose is for everyone, it is for young men in particular. I think it is about time to make more movies of women martyrs
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+2 # Nilo Cantonjos 2012-09-05 00:51
From what I know, I think when he was bleeding to death, he drew a cross on the ground with his own blood, then kissed it before dying.

Blessed Jose Sanchez please pray for me so that I may have your own courage to defend the Christ until my last breath.
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+1 # amanda 2012-09-21 22:07
HE IS VERY HANDSOME. he changed the way i think he had the courage to say VIVA CRISTO REY. I'M ONLY 12. THAT WAS A SAD STORY I HEARD. HE INSPIRED ME.
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+1 # Paula Marie 2012-10-19 17:06
Dear Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, intercede for me and my family; give us the courage, faith, and trust in Jesus that you proved in dying for Our Lord. I love you Blessed Jose, you are my hero. Pray that I may persevere in Christ, to the end of my life as you did, and, if necessary to die for him too. Amen. Viva Cristo Rey.
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+2 # Estefania 2012-10-24 12:33
He is very inspring and has changed my life. I am so happy that my family is from Sahuayo, Michoacan. I have had the honor of visiting the church where his remains are and where he was imprisoned. His story is one I will never forget.
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+2 # Ellen Vanous 2013-01-12 21:32
What an example of heroic sanctity from such a young man. He must have been 12 or 13 years old.? He reminds me of Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima, too. I am awed by his courage to the end. Amazing. I feel so weak in faith and courage when I read of his short life. Thank you Jose for your example.
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+2 # Irene Sanchez 2013-01-15 16:03
As with other movies that say based on a true event etc. I like to do some research online and find out who the real people portrayed in the movie were. So much courage in such a young man. His belief was so great that he gave his life. God bless Jose.
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+1 # Ms. Hernandez 2013-01-19 22:24
May God have you in a special place Jose! Your faith and your heroic deeds are worthy of admiration! I want my faith to be just like yours! Pray and intercede for me blessed José!
Long live Christ the King!!!
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0 # Efren 2013-02-16 02:55
His life story is a great inspiration to me. I'm a Catholic but my faith is not as strong as His. I hope to have the same heart and faith as Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio. Viva Cristo Rey!
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0 # Mary McEleney 2013-05-21 10:18
Viva Christo Rey!!!!!
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0 # Anna Pena 2013-06-24 15:42
The story of this young man is one I will never forget and will pass on to my grandchildren. I have seen the movie "For Greater Glory" The movie is just a pinch of what Jose Sanchez Del Rio had suffered. I cried the first time I seen it and have cried the second time I seen it. I have yet to find a book of his life and of the Cristero War. Yes " Viva Cristo Rey " !!!!
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0 # Monica Benninghoff 2013-06-26 12:26
Beautiful faith and devotion is richly rewarded in heaven!
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0 # Cathy DiOrio 2013-06-30 06:39
God Bless Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio for his strength of courage and character. May we all share his faith when we face adversities and challenges
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-1 # RIC S 2013-08-06 16:07
Thank you all. My great uncle finally has gotten respect. He was one of thousands who died for Christ. In the movies 2 NFC cousin Juan Picasso was shown as pro government. He was not. My grandmother cooked for the captain who shot Jose. Viva Cristo Rey.
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0 # Bernadette 2014-02-21 11:52
What a beautiful and inspiring story! May God grant us the graces necessary to be strong like Jose in the times to come. I have seen the movie For Greater Glory and I can never watch it without crying. Viva Cristo Rey!!
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