In the early 1900s, Mexico went through a period of religious persecution. Many people pledged allegiance to the Mexican government and helped injustice rule while others took the side of the Christian faithful and hoped that justice would prevail. One religious congregation was seen by the Mexican government as a particular threat. They were consecrated religious teachers called the Christian Brothers. This group of educators refused to sacrifice their allegiance to God and continued to teach the regular academics prescribed by the Mexican government with the Gospel message sprinkled into every lesson. When government officials spoke of their teaching methods, they would warn each other saying, “Watch out for those Brothers, they can find a way to teach catechism in math class.”
Although very few Lasallian Brothers were hurt dring this time, many other Catholics gave up their lives to ensure that Christianity would reign in their land and continue on in their culture. As they made their heavenly transitions, many yelled their last words “Que viva Cristo Rey!” (“long live Christ the King!“)
On today’s date, we celebrate the end of the liturgical year on the feast of Christ the King. May our lessons, our teachings, our very lives be lived as if we were fighting for His glory to remain in our land and in our cultures like our Mexican Brothers and Sisters who paid the price so that Mexico, and all of Latin America could remain Holy.
iQue viva Cristo rey en nuestros corazones por siempre!