Franciscan Saints


 

 

 

12th July

 

 

The Servant of God Anaclete Gonzalez Flores

 

Martyr, Third Order

 

Feast day April 1st; Beatified September 1st 2005: http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=60148

 

As a law student during the time of the persecution in Mexico, Anaclete Gonzales felt he needed to challenge his Godless professors and, so, organized the Catholic students in defense of the Church. He himself joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Believing in the power of the press, he founded a weekly newspaper called The Word, and was a regular contributor to other Catholic periodicals. He also started a second weekly called The Sword. The government tried on a number of occasions to silence him by jailing him. His efforts would then turn to evangelizing his fellow prisoners.

Finally the government decided to make an example of Anaclete. Because he refused to reveal the whereabouts of the archbishop, he was hung up, whipped and pierced with daggers. Anaclete maintained his silence, but to one of his executioners said, "I have labored unselfishly to defend the cause of Christ and his Church. You will kill me: But know that the cause will not die with me. I go, but with the assurance that from heaven I shall behold the triumph of religion in my native country."

 Anaclete was run through with a bayonet and died from a volley of bullets. It was April 1, 1927. He left a young wife and two small sons.

 His funeral was cause for a great outpouring of faith among the people and loud cries of "Viva Cristo Rey!" (Long live Christ the King!), a powerful tribute to a lay Franciscan who lived and died for the kingdom.

 Comment:

Ever since the first Christians refused to sacrifice to the Gods of Rome, believers have maintained a dissident stance at the risk of their lives. We may not be called to join the company of martyrs, but we are certainly called to raise our voices in defense of the poor and the unborn, to protest dependence on violent solutions in the international arena. We may keep our lives, but we risk another kind of martyrdom: the disapproval of our peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Church

 

Eternal God, Creator of all things, assist us with Thy

all-powerful grace, that we who boast of battling under the banner of

Christ the King, may triumph gloriously with Him in the kingdom

of heaven.

Who liveth  and reigneth

with Thee and the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and forever.  Amen

Source: Foley, Leonard, OFM,; revised McCloskey, Pat, OFM., 2009, Saint of the Day, Lessons and Feasts, ed.6, in Web: American Catholic.org, An AmericanCatholic.org Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright © 1996-2012;

Prayer: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

 

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