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Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24, 2012: Opinion Section - Del Rio News-Herald - Letter to the Editor


It is prophetic and providential that the movie "For Greater Glory" and the Fortnight For Freedom campaign coincide and overlap in Del Rio.



"For Greater Glory" began showing on June 15 and is scheduled to be at the Mall Theatre until June 28 and The Fortnight For Freedom campaign is scheduled from June 21 until July 4 at St. Joseph Church.



"For Greater Glory" is an action packed inspirational drama that chronicles the life of an impassioned group of men, women and children who make the heroic and virtuous decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country. The film's adventure unfolds against the true story of the 1920’s Cristero War in Mexico when the government outlawed the practice of the Catholic religion and widespread persecution ensued throughout the land.


During our time and in our country we are confronting the challenge that religious freedom is being threatened by our government.


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a Fortnight For Freedom, fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, that is dedicated to being a great hymn of prayer for our country. This special period of prayer and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Catholic churches around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.


Let Religious Freedom Ring Loud and Clear! The message could not be any louder or clearer. A memorable line from "For Greater Glory" truthfully proclaims:"Who are you if you don't stand up for what you believe?"


Our constitutional government guarantees that we should not be forced to choose between being faithful citizens to our government and being faithful Christians to the Gospel.


Hopefully we will have learned the lessons of the past in order not to repeat them in the present and live freely and faithfully in the future.


The battle cry during the Cristero War was “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”Long live Christ the King! The Fortnight For Freedom peaceful public action and powerful petitioning prayer courageously continues the legacy of the saints and martyrs - our brothers and sisters in the faith of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Marian Casillas,Ed.D.