...Let us ask our Lord then to make us souls devoted
to the Blessed Eucharist, so that our relationship
with Him brings forth joy and serenity and a desire
for justice. In this way we will make it easier for
others to recognize Christ; we will put Christ
at the centre of all human activities."
St Josemaria Escriva
Quote to honor today's Feast ...
Fr Magallanes wrote and preached against armed rebellion, but was falsely accused of promoting the Cristero Rebellion in the area. He established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-1928). Arrested on May 21, 1927, while en route to celebrate Mass at a farm, he gave away his few remaining possessions to his executioners, gave them absolution, and without a trial, he was martyred four days later.
St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions*
Mexico ~ 1915-1937
*22 priests/3 layman
Memorialized in movie, For Greater Glory
When imprisoned by the government authorities, St Christopher
was heard to shout from his cell: "I am innocent and I die innocent.
I forgive the authors of my death from my heart, and I ask God
that my blood would serve to bring peace to divided Mexicans".
St Christopher and Companions, ora pro nobis!