Cotija, Monday, February 6, 1928.
My dear mother: I was taken prisoner in combat today. I believe that I am going to die very shortly, but it does not matter, Mamá. Resign yourself to the will of God. I die happy, because I die in the ranks of Our Lord. Do not be distressed about my death, which is my only worry. Tell my brothers to follow the example of their younger brother and do the will of God. Have courage and send me your blessing and my father’s. Give my greetings to all for the last time and receive the heart of your son who loves you and wanted to see you before dying.
-José Sánchez del Río.
Jose Sanchez was only 14 years old when he was captured and died a martyr for defending Christ. He had been offered freedom if he would only say “Death to Christ the King” but he refused. He was brutally tortured and killed. They cut off the soles of his feet and made him walk through the sandy and gravel covered streets of the village until he came to the grave they had prepared for him. He was pushed and stabbed by the bayonets of the soldiers, who laughed at him for being faithful to Christ. He fell several times but didn’t respond with anger to their insults; he continually repeated “Long Live Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe!”
He wrote the following letter right before he died.
Sahuayo, February 10, 1928
Dearest Aunt, I am sentenced to die. At half past eight tonight the moment I have so greatly desired will come. I thank you and Aunt Magdalena for all your kindnesses to me. I am unable to write Mamá: I ask you the favor to write to her. Tell Aunt Magdalena that I managed to arrange that they permit me to see her for the last time and I believe that she will not refuse to come (to bring Holy Communion) before the martyrdom. Give my greetings to all. Receive as always and for the last time the heart of your nephew who loves you dearly … Christ lives, Christ reigns, Christ rules forever, and Our Lady Guadalupe!
-José Sánchez del Río
who dies in defense of the Faith
Ask yourself: how faithful am I to Christ? Jose was only 14 years old and he didn’t back down in the fight! His courage was unwavering. Jose’s heart had that massive courage given by God’s grace because he had surrendered everything to Christ and His will. What is my heart given to? Have I reached to point of shedding blood in my fight to be faithful to Christ?
Long live Christ the King and Our Mother Queen of Heaven and Earth who live and reign and are victorious forevermore! May they live and reign forever in our hearts! Theirs is the victory! Amen!