Oil dedicated to Martyr Blessed Miguel Pro on prayer cloth
Martyr Blessed Miguel Pro born on 13 January 1891 at Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico
He is a son of a mining engineer. From childhood Miguel known for high spirits and cheerfulness, and he grew up in a pious home. Born to privilege, he had great affinity for the poor and working classes. Victim of recurring stomach disorder. Jesuit novice at 20. Exiled during the Mexican Revolution, he continued his studies abroad.
Ordained in Belgium in 1925 at age 36. He returned to Mexico in 1926, a time when churches closed, priests were in hiding, and persecution of the Church was government policy. Father Miguel used disguises to conduct an underground ministry bringing the comfort of charity and the sacraments to the covert faithful.
Falsely accused in 1927 of a bombing attempt, Pro became a wanted man. Betrayed to the police, and without trial, he sentenced to death. The photograph on this page taken the day of his martyrdom. As he was about to shot, he forgave his executioners, refused a blindfold, and died shouting “Long live Christ the King!” The government prohibited a public funeral, but the faithful lined the streets when his body passed.
Beatified on 25th of September 1988 by Pope John Paul II. He did not fear threats or persecuted and capable of all the sacrifices.