Bl. Miguel Pro

There is a movie that should be released very soon called Cristiada. It’s about the fight for religious freedom in Mexico during the masonic government’s brutal anti-Catholic persecution in the 1920s (and lasting to the mid-30s). Cristiada stars the likes of Andy Gracia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, and Eduardo Verástegui from the movie Bella. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks pretty good.

The persecution in Mexico, which began when Mexican President Plutarco Elias enacted legislation suppressing Catholicism, was responsible for the massacre of many Catholics including priests. One of the priests was Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ. Father Miguel built up the Kingdom of God by utilizing disguises and creatively evading the authorities in order to minister to his people. It is his feast day today

As a member of the Society of Jesus, Blessed Miguel fought under the royal banner of Christ the King which is so often hidden in the guise of a Cross. He lived as a true follower of the King whose kingdom does not belong to this earth until he died with his arms stretched out and cried aloud, “Long live Christ the King!”

The Gospel reading for today is so fitting:

Gospel Lk 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

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