Tuesday, November 19, 2013

{WWRW} Do you know Father Pro?...

...Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro?
...The Mexican priest who was martyred by his government for being a Catholic priest?

Just less than a hundred years ago, what just seems impossible to us north of the border, it was illegal to practice the Catholic faith in Mexico: the land of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A land steeped in Catholicism would have brave souls protecting the faithful, risking capture, torture and death to tend to their flock.

Blessed Miguel Pro's life story as told by late Texan author Ann Ball in Blessed Miguel Pro is a quick read because of the fascinating and adventurous life of this brave and holy priest. The scratchy but dramatic black and white photos included in the book tell of his last years, days, moments.

One of eleven children of a mining engineer who traveled much in his life, especially after starting the journey toward priesthood when war was breaking out in Mexico. He was high spirited, a prankster and charming and used his creativity living among the people, foiling the authorities to avoid capture for the crime of being a priest for as long as he did.

He dressed in disguise to be able to have Eucharistic stations around the city. His life story is incredible and ends in martyrdom; a martyrdom that didn't have the effect the authorities wished it would have.

Tan also has it as ebook.

This prayer is in book and on this website dedicated to him - so much to learn about Blessed Miguel:

Chaplet of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J.

Blessed Miguel, before your death, you told your friend to ask you for favors when you were in Heaven. I beg you to intercede for me and in union with Our Lady and all the angels and saints, to ask Our Lord to grant my petition, provided that it be God's Will. [Here mention the request.]
We honor and adore the triune God. 1 Gloria.
We ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Come Holy Ghost.
We pray as Jesus taught us to pray. 1 Our Father
We venerate with love the Virgin Mary. 1 Hail Mary.
All you angels, bless you the Lord forever.
Saint Joseph, Saint [name of your patron], and all the saints, pray for us.

Blessed Miguel, high spirited youth, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, loving son and brother, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, patient novice, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, exile from your homeland, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, prayerful religious, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, sick and suffering, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, defender of workers, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, courageous priest in hiding, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, prisoner in jail, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, forgiver of persecutors, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, holy martyr, pray for us. 

Imprimatur: Joseph A. Fiorenza

Bishop of Galveston - Houston

August 13, 1995

For more of this time:
A recent movie For Greater Glory about other Cristeros, released in 2012.
I believe many if these are also up for canonization. 

For more from Ann Ball:
The following books were given to my son for his confirmation, great for read aloud and discussion for reader in junior high and up.
Ann Ball includes many saints, blesseds and a few that should be brought up for consideration, like sweet little Mary Ann Long in Book 1.
I enjoy her straight forward writing style and I usually need a tissue when reading about some of these heroic saints' lives.

November 23 is the feast day for Blessed Miguel.

It's also Max's 21st birthday.

Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for us.

¡Viva Cristo Rey!


  1. I love having Saints to look up to! I'll have to check out that book about Miguel Pro.

  2. Never heard of Ann Ball, but I like the sound of her books!

  3. Thanks for the share - I need to incorporate more saints' stories into our homeschooling!