Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The origins of this solemnity are rooted in the Cristero War (1926-28), a war fought btw the socialist federal government of Mexico and faithful Catholics who opposed the gov't's attempt to suppress religious liberty.
The anti-clerical laws were passed by President Plutarco Elias Calles, a life-long atheist, fervent Free Mason, and Marxist. Under the pretense of expelling "foreign influences," Calles murdered bishops, priests, religious men and women, and destroyed hundreds of churches. Lay Catholics were not exempted from the butchery. . .thousands were martyred as well.
The Catholic rebels took as their battle cry, "Viva Christo Rey!" In 1926, Pope Pius XI issued the encyclical, Quas primas, instituting the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The 2012 film Cristiada (For Greater Glory) depicts the Cristero War.
Today would be the perfect day to watch this film with family and pray in defense of our religious liberty!
Highly recommend the film (reviewed it back in June).
Father Mike, my own priest, yesterday made reference to the notion that there is no separation between God and State, despite the best efforts of far too many a politician today... particularly today.
The sooner this is thought through and understood, the sooner these politicians can be set straight.
Viva Cristo Rey indeed.