Toribio Romo González

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Saint Toribio Romo González
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Martyr
Born (1900-04-16)April 16, 1900
municipality of Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, Mexico
Died February 25, 1928(1928-02-25) (aged 27)
Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified November 22, 1992 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized May 21, 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalisco, Mexico
Feast May 21
Patronage Mexican migrants, border crossers, people from Tepatitlan De Morelos Jalisco

Saint Toribio (in Latin Thuribius) Romo González was a Mexican martyr who died in the Cristero War.

Life[edit]

He was born on April 16, 1900, in Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalostotitlán, Mexico. In 1912 he entered the Auxiliary Seminary in San Juan de los Lagos. He was a playful and happy seminarian who loved to help others. In 1922 he was ordained as a priest. He offered his first Mass on January 5, 1923. He primarily emphasized the catechesis. He underwent severe trials, however, as he was ordered by the government when the religious persecutions began in 1927 to confine himself to his residence and was not allowed to pray the Rosary in public or to celebrate Mass.

A man of intense prayer, Fr. Toribio carried out his pious works in an exemplary manner with emphasis on examination of conscience, meditation, spiritual exercises and visits to the Holy Sacrament. He always demonstrated a great spirit of faith, a certainty in hope of reaching Heaven, and a compassion that moved him to suffer along with others (to the point of depriving himself of his own basic necessities). Obedience and desire shone in him, he was austere, quiet and sometimes troubled. He was ready to die for God, but he did feel fear and asked for God’s grace and strength.

Death[edit]

On Friday, February 24, 1928, he spent his day organizing the parish registry. Two days before he had sent his brother away for safety. Fr. Toribio finished his work at 4:00am on February 25 and decided to sleep a little. An hour later the government troops arrived and broke into the bedroom where Fr. Toribio was sleeping. One soldier shouted: “Here is the priest, kill him!” He said, “Here I am, but do not kill me.”

One soldier fired, and Fr. Toribio rose from his bed and took a few steps until a second bullet caused him to fall into the arms of his sister, who cried in a loud voice: “Courage, Father Toribio...merciful Christ, receive him! Long live Christ the King!”

Chapel dedicated to Fr. Toribio in the main church of Tequila, Jalisco

Patron Saint of Immigrants[edit]

There is a belief among some Mexicans that the ghost of Toribio Romo has appeared to some undocumented immigrants crossing the border to assist them in distress. He is used as an icon for the hope of food, water and money, as well as safety.[citation needed]

Sources[edit]

1. Gutierrez, Marco A. Garcia. "Toribio Romo: protector de los mojados: es un espejismo del desierto que hace milagros de carne y hueso." Contenido, June, 2002 (Spanish)
2. Murphy, James. The Martyrdom of Saint Toribio Romo. Liguori Publications (November 1, 2007)
3. Thompson, Ginger. "Santa Ana de Guadalupe Journal; A Saint Who Guides Migrants to a Promised Land." The New York Times, August 14, 2002.
4. Corchado, Alfredo. "The migrant's saint: Toribio Romo is a favorite of Mexicans crossing the border." The Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2006.
5. Sheehan, Thomas. Dictionary of Patron Saints' Names. Our Sunday Visitor (September 2001) 6.

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