I had the privilege of attending the midnight premiere of the NewLand Films production of “For Greater Glory:, a story about the Cristeros in 1917 and their uprising against the federal government in response to the declarations made against the Catholic Church. (Sound familiar yet?)
With a stellar cast of big names and new faces, the story begins with the reading of the declaration by El Presidente Calles, played by Reubén Blades: “The Mexican government mandates that all foreign-born clergy be sent back to their countries, for Mexico will not listen to their lies about our government. Any remaining clergy who speak out against the government will not be tolerated.” The clergy are brought forward in droves and “dealt with accordingly”, you might say, and the audience explores with each character what it would mean to find courage and stand up for your beliefs. A snippet of advice given to the young boy sums up the entire Cristero movement in one line: “Who are you, if you do not stand up for what you believe in?”
Who are we indeed.
Follow the stories of the Cristeros and of little José Sánchez del Río as they learn what it means to stand up for religious freedom to the point of …. well, you’ll have to watch the movie.