Via Texas, California, Nicaragua, and Spain, Miguel received his seminary training en route to Belgium, where he was ordained in Just twenty-three days after Padre Pro arrived, President Calles banned all public worship. Since he was not known as a priest, Padre Pro went about clandestinely—sometimes in disguise—celebrating Mass, distributing communion, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick.
He also did as much as he could to relieve the material suffering of the poor.
In a letter he gave this faith-filled account:. We carry on like slaves. Jesus help me!
And they are many—those with nothing. I assure you that I spin like a top from here to there with such luck as is the exclusive privilege of petty thieves. People give me valuable objects to raffle off, something worth ten pesos that I can sell for forty. You can have it for fifty pesos which I beg you to send to such-and-such a family.
That will be a fiasco for me who sighs to go to heaven and start tossing off arpeggios on the guitar with my guardian angel. All three brothers were rounded up and condemned to death. The youngest was pardoned, but Padre Pro and his brother Humberto were executed by a firing squad. Calles had news photographers present, expecting the Pros to die cowardly.
Once while walking with Concepcion, his favorite sister, Miguel noticed in a window an especially gaudy statue of the Virgin. Will you sell it?
Quick-witted and lighthearted Miguel played similar practical jokes all his life. He also played them in death. President Calles thought executing Padre Pro publicly would demoralize Catholics, but it had the opposite effect.
Miguel even promised to joke in heaven. Excerpt from Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi. The disguises enabled him to baptize infants, bless marriages, hear confessions; to maintain a sacramental ministry. If celebrating the sacraments under such conditions was not difficult enough, Miguel also carried out the corporal works of mercy with great success.
Making his rounds, Miguel might find an object worth selling or he might encounter a wealthy person whom he would persuade to give alms. His craftiness allowed him to provide not only spiritual care, but also food, clothing and shelter.
A month before he died, Miguel was reportedly paying rent for 96 poor families. Plutarco Elias Calles, the Mexican president, considered Miguel a thorn in his side, and he made it known that he wanted Father Pro dead, not alive.
José Ramón Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez also known as Blessed Miguel Pro (born January 13, – executed November 23, ) was a Mexican Jesuit. Blessed Miguel Pro was a Jesuit priest at a time of Catholic persecution in Mexico. Miguel Augustin Pro died a martyr, crying out, "Viva Cristo Rey!".
More false charges followed, and when Miguel was caught, Calles ordered his execution. On Nov. His feast day is November Your email address will not be published.
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