¡Viva el Cristo Rey!
From time to time I want to include counter-cultural videos on this blog. The last such item was a clip about the martyrdom of a group of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution.
Here now is a film lasting nearly two and a half hours about the Cristeros—Mexican Catholics who took up arms against their socialist government during the 1920s, forcing it to abandon the worst of its anti-religious laws. It’s in English with Spanish sub-titles. I lifted it from Fr Ray Blake’s blog. Having looked up everything I could find about the Cristeros on the internet, I think the film is remarkably accurate: particularly the martyrdom of 14-year-old Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI about 10 years ago. Fr Blake rightly comments that “For Greater Glory” is portrayed through a very thick Hollywood lens; but I found it inspiring nonetheless. And how refreshing to see a video where the Catholics are the goodies (which they mostly were) for a change.
If you don’t want to watch it all now, I suggest you save it for later. Or else do what I did, and view it half an hour at a time.