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April 1

Saint of the day:
Bl. Anacleto Gonz lez Flores

Patron Saint of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 

Famous true last words:
“I pardon you from the heart; very soon we will see each other
before the divine tribunal;

the same judge that is going to judge me will be your judge; then you will have, in me, an intercessor with God.”

The Story of Bl. Anacleto Gonzlez Flores

Anacleto González Flores (July 13, 1888 – April 1, 1927) was a Mexican Catholic layman and lawyer who was tortured and executed during the persecution of the Catholic Church under Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles. González was beatified by Benedict XVI as a martyr on November 20, 2005.

González was tortured, including being hung by his thumbs pulling them out of their sockets, having his shoulder fractured with a rifle butt, and having the bottom of his feet slashed. On April 1, 1927, he was executed by firing squad. Echoing the words of the assassinated Ecuadorian President Gabriel García Moreno, who defied the forces seeking to suppress his faith, González's last words were "Hear Americas for the second time: I die but God does not! Viva Cristo Rey!" Wilkens's widow, who knew that González had been framed, wrote a letter of protest to Washington, DC, which exonerated him. A letter staying his execution arrived shortly after he had been shot.

González became an activist, led the Catholic Association of Mexican Youth (ACJM), and founded the magazine La Palabra, which attacked the anticlerical and anti-Catholic articles of the Constitution of 1917. He was the founder and president of the Popular Union (UP), which organized Catholics to resist the persecution of the church. 

Originally, González supported passive resistance against the government since he had studied the methods of Gandhi. However, in 1926, he learned of the murder of four members of the Catholic Association of Mexican Youth, joined the National League for the Defense of Religious Freedom, and supported the coming rebellion. He wrote, "the country is a jail for the Catholic Church.... We are not worried about defending our material interests because these come and go; but our spiritual interests, these we will defend because they are necessary to obtain our salvation." 

In January 1927, after they had endured religious persecution and state atheism, Mexican Catholics took up arms and set off the Cristero War. González did not take up arms but gave speeches that encouraged Catholics to support the Cristeros with money, food, accommodation, and clothing. He wrote pamphlets and gave speeches that supported his opposition to the anticlerical government.

Seeking to crush the rebellion, the government sought to capture the leaders of the Popular Union and the National League for the Defence of Religious Freedom. González was captured and framed with charges that he murdered an American, Edgar Wilkens, but the government knew that Wilkens had been killed by a robber, Guadalupe Zuno.









Santuario Arquidiocesano de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 527, Centro, 44280 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico








Carne En Su Jugo –  Must Eat “Meat In Its Own Juice”

Meat in its Juice is part of the classic recipes of traditional Mexican food. This dish is perfect at any meal time, since it can be eaten for breakfast or as a meal. It is very simple to make and requires few ingredients. Its flavor is incomparable.


  • 500 grams of bacon

  • 1 kilo of beef steak

  • 4 green tomatoes

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 serrano peppers

  • 1/2 onions

  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder

  • 2 cups black beans, from the pot

  • salt to taste

  • black pepper, to taste

  • fresh coriander, chopped to taste

  • onions, chopped to taste

  • vegetable oil, amount needed


Directions ​

  1. Dry the steak with paper towels,
    salt and pepper it and cut it into small squares.

  2. Cut the bacon, add it to a hot pot with oil.

  3. Once the bacon is browned, add the steak.

  4. Cook for 10 minutes.

  5. Blend the tomato, garlic, chiles, onion and chicken broth.

  6. Add a little water. Blend.

  7. Add the sauce to the meat.

  8. Cook for 20 minutes.

  9. Cover the preparation with plastic wrap to prevent it from cooling.

  10. Serve with beans, chopped cilantro and chopped onion. ​


Cazuela – Refreshing Tequila Cocktail

Cazuela Cocktail – Voladora


  • 1 grapefruit sliced

  • 2 oranges sliced

  • 1 lime sliced

  • Salt

  • Zest from 1 lime

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 6 cups tequila blanco

  • 4-5 cups Fresca Squirt or Jarritos Grapefruit soda

  • Ice


  1. To a cazuela, add citrus slices and sprinkle them a salt.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and add ice.
    Place at the center of table and allow guest to serve themselves.

Bizcotela Vestida


  • 1 pound unsalted butter at room temperature,
    sliced, plus more to grease baking sheets

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 large eggs

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • Pinch kosher or sea salt

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 1/2 cups white coarse sugar or sugar crystals


  1. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter along with the granulated sugar at medium speed for a couple minutes until smooth, creamy, and puffed up. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time, beating until well incorporated.

  2. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. With the mixer running at low speed, add the flour mixture and milk in multiple additions, alternating between the two. Continue beating until well incorporated and you have a homogenous dough. Turn off mixer and gather dough into a ball.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F with the two racks set in the lower and upper thirds. Pour the sugar crystals onto small plate and grease a couple non-stick baking sheets with butter.

  5. Use your hands to make small balls of dough of about 1 1/2- to 2-inches. Flatten slightly and cut 5 short lines around the edge of the disk with scissors, as if making petals, without cutting all the way into the center. Press down gently in the center to make a flower shape. Then flip over and press the top into the sugar crystals and then place right side up on the baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough balls, leaving about an inch of space between the cookies on the baking sheet.

  6. Bake cookies for 30 to 32 minutes, until cooked and barely beginning to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.

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