Much like colonial conquest occurring through language, cultural assimilation of native peoples also includes the adoption of religion from conquering cultures. In a devious web of lies, deceit, identity and autonomy, original languages and belief systems are quickly forgotten by the people. Instead, stories of our ancestors slowly become replaced by the fast paced lives of modern city-dwellers and their frequent bouts with normalized oppression. Before long, rather than the stories of creation, rather than the stories of the waters and of the mountains, all that are left are bitter memories from the streets. This is the story of Saint José Sánchez del Río.
In February of 1928, [Saint José Sánchez del Río] was assassinated [by the Mexican government] for the cause of Christ. At his death, Joselito, as his family affectionately called him, was just over a month shy of his 15th birthday.
Inculcation of individuals utilizes several aspects of deep psychology to perform a colonialist takeover of the mind itself, a war never mentioned to us in everyday history books. How the people of Mexico went from Aztec and Mayan "religions" to Catholicism remains a highly normalized aspect of modern subjugation. Original indigenous languages and information were replaced with Eurocentric Spanish celebrity prime times, and the rest is history.
In the process of mental conquest of modern Aztecs and Mayans, several martyrs helped to cement their newly acquired white-washed belief systems, most notably, Saint José Sánchez del Río.
After yet another fascist overstep by government to regulate the lives of people, violent clashes broke out for religious freedom and autonomy, just as they did at the original time of conquest, except this time, the fight was actually for Catholicism.
Despite being just a boy, José joined the Cristeros, a movement trying to defend religious liberty in the country. He carried out simple tasks, such as helping with the logistics for those who were fighting the battle for the faith.
During one clash between the Cristero troops and the federal forces, José saved one of the leaders of his army, the Cristero leader Guizar Morfín. Morfin’s horse was killed and he was in danger of being captured. José, seeing his predicament, quickly got off his horse and handed him to his general: “My general,” he said, “take my horse and save yourself. You are more needed by this cause than I am.”
Years passed and the conversation changed, Mexican Catholics were slowly brought into the fold, and on June 22, 2004, young Joselito became Saint José Sánchez del Río, a fallen soldier of Christ, just a boy, killed by his own fascist government.
My daughter had meningitis, tuberculosis, epilepsy; they had to remove a lung; she had a stroke. When they gave her to me, they told me she was already in a “vegetative state.” … I told them that I don’t believe in doctors but I believe in Our Lord and that’s when I began to cling to [Him].
When they told me she had 72 hours to live, according to the doctors, and that I would bring her home dead, I saw that the first time that I went and I put an image of mi niño (Jose Sanchez) with her, she squeezed my finger. The second time, she moved her leg. The third time, she opened and closed her eyes each time I showed her the image, and each time I began to pray. And that’s when I discovered that my daughter was okay, that our Lord and our Mother were with her and that mi niño, Jose Sanchez, had her in his arms. And she responded each time I put his image before her eyes.
The canonization took seven and a half years of extensive scrutiny from Vatican City representatives, confirming the veracity of what had actually taken place. Though the findings were miraculous, they were also verified by several parties in close proximity to the astonishing events recorded on the day Ximena Galvez was saved by the ghost of Saint José Sánchez del Río.