They Will Shoot Me on Tuesday

I die but God does not die!

Blessed Anacleto González Flores before his martyrdom, April 1, 1927

Something for the Weekend. El Martes Me Fusilaran.  (They will shoot me on Tuesday.)    A  song performed  by Vicente Fernández Gomez celebrating the fight for the Church and religious liberty by the Cristeros in Mexico in the twenties of the last century.  This seemed appropriate on the day when my family and I will be seeing For Greater Glory.  Go here to read my post on the film and the historical background on the Cristero War.  Here are the lyrics of the song translated into English:

They will shoot me on Tuesday at six o’clock in the morning

For believing in the eternal God and in the great Guadalupana.

They found a holy card of Jesus in my hat;

That is why they sentenced me:because I am a Cristero.

That is why they will shoot me on Tuesday in the morning;

They will kill my useless body but never, never my soul.

I tell my executioners that I want them to crucify me;

And, once crucified,that then they use their rifles.

Farewell, highlands of Jalisco, Michoacan, and Guanajuato,

Where I fought the government which always fled running.

They caught me on my knees adoring Jesus Christ;

They knew that there was no defense in that sacred place.

I am a peasant by inheritance Jaliscan from birth;

I have no other god but Christ because He gave me my existence.

Killing me will never end belief in the eternal God;

Many remain in the strife and others are yet to be born.

That is why they will shoot me on Tuesday in the morning.

[Long live Christ the King!]

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. With a few young men from the Church, I saw the movie “For Greater Glory” last night. It is shocking to see what atheism will do in its hatred. But the theatre was only half full. The apathy of our society towards this is astounding.

  2. Christ overcame death and so if someone is in communion with Christ he should not fear death this is some the wisdom which martyrs teach us.

  3. Paul W. Primavera: I can only hope to see For Greater Glory. Only for killing a man can a man be put to death. Priests were murdered with impunity because of the “Law of the Land”. The Sun of Justice was exiled. Calles was born an innocent virgin. People in America have been intimidated for so long that they do not recognize the “boot on the neck.”

  4. Pope Benedict has spoken about “faith fatigue” and how much we need a new evangelization to overcome this doubt and sadness and lack of joy regarding God whose existence calls me into being and sustains me. I saw “For Greater Glory” on opening day and found it stirring, inspirational and renewing. I walked out of the theatre with a renewed sense of the glory of the Faith. It is significant that the immigrants, the Mexicans, so despised by so many in this country, are shown as such courageous leaders in the fight for faith. I think of the lukewarm and compromising attitude of the Obama administration toward faith and I know better what Jesus meant when he said he would spit the lukewarm out of his mouth. Our life of faith here in American will be renewed by the vitality of the Hispanics and the Africans. We should be open to the grace that flows into the Church through them. Viva Christo Rey!

  5. We Catholics of America have to realize that we of the present generation have not had to suffer physical persecution for our precious Faith. For that reason, we will have much to answer to Almighty God if we have not lived this faith to the fullest everyday, and most of all in all humility have given Him much thanksgiving for this great gift.
    The people of the past in Mexico will stand in judgement against us!

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