I just asked my very old aunt (she's looking at 90 in the face) if she saw For Greater Glory. Have you seen it yet?
As soon as she heard about the movie, she drove herself to the movie theater and saw it. My aunt told me the movie reminded her of certain aspects of growing up.
Her parents (my grandparents) escaped from Mexico during the revolution when things started to go bad for the Catholics, and the government said bishops and priests had to register. It's never a good sign when a group of people have to register with the government.
My grandmother would get letters and pictures from relatives in Mexico showing priests hanging from poles. I can't even imagine the horror. I know in the filming of the movie they used mannequins or dummies, right? But to see actual photographs of real bodies is entirely different.
I do remember my own mother (deceased) telling me that her parents came here to escape religious persecution before it got really bad. I really didn't understand what my mother meant until now.
A great aunt and uncle of mine in Mexico had a secret room in their house where they let the priest come and say a secret Mass and a nun give secret C.C.D. lessons. Great Aunt and Great Uncle (I'm sure my aunt knows their names, but I didn't think to ask) could have been killed for allowing Catholicism in their home. I am related to brave and faithful people.
This weekend I am going to a conference on religious liberty. We need to beat down (though peaceful means) the government's interference on our religious liberties before it gets worse. Otherwise, what country would we escape to??
Graham Greene wrote The Power and the Glory, but he isn't part of my family history.
Roger Ebert didn't understand a thing when he wrote his movie review.