Saint José María Robles Hurtado was born in Mascota, Jalisco, Mexico on May 3, 1888. Breaking the law, Saint José held a ceremony to build a large cross in the center of Mexico in 1923, which became known as the mountain of Christ the King. The government soon began persecuting Catholics more intensely and imprisoned José for continuing his public ministry in 1927. He was sentenced to hanging. On the morning of his death, José took the noose from the soldiers saying, “Don’t dirty your hands.” He then kissed the noose and placed it around his own neck. His feast day is May 21.
Questions for Reflection:
- How can you show more love in your life, especially to those who persecute you?
- Can you find more moments in your daily life to practice forgiveness?