¡Viva Cristo Rey!

This morning we went to the Holy Family Parish here in Mexico City, which is also the Shrine of Blessed Miguel Pro, a Mexican Jesuit priest who was martyred in 1927 during the terrible persecution of Catholics instigated by the dictator Calles. His feast day is November 23. You really ought to read his biography (linked below) and include him in your list of saints and blesseds to whom you pray!

I was grateful for the opportunity to concelebrate Mass there.

Here are some photos of Blessed Miguel Pro:

Smiling for portraits was forbidden back then, especially for Jesuits!

He looks very serious in this portrait, but he was known for his great sense of humor!

Intense moment.

Praying before he stands to be executed.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Strengthened by the grace of God, having been called by Him to be His martyr, he stands with his arms freely stretched out in the shape of a cross (note that there is nothing binding his hands to the pillars).

Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

The terrible moment arrives.  Right before the firing squad shot, Pro exclaimed in a clear and loud voice, “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” – Long live Christ the King!

A beautiful church, and a fitting tomb for this great martyr.

If you’re ever in Mexico City, be sure to go to this beautiful church where his remains are kept. You can also obtain a relic card or medal there.

And here is a good book about his life: Blessed Miguel Pro.

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