“Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (January 13, 1891 – November 23, 1927), also known as Blessed Miguel Pro, was a Mexican Jesuit priest, executed during the persecution of the Catholic Church under the presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles after trumped up charges of involvement in an assassination attempt against former President Álvaro Obregón. Fr. Pro was beatified by John Paul II as a martyr on September 25, 1988.”
“Miguel Pro, whose full name was José Ramón Miguel Agustín, was born into a mining family on January 13, 1891, in Guadalupe, Zacatecas. He was the third of eleven children, four of whom had died as infants or young children. Since a young age, he was called “Cocol” as a nickname. Two of his sisters joined the convent. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at El Llano on August 15, 1911.”
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Humberto Pro’s photograph is on the upper left side. Blessed Padre Miguel Pro’s photo is on the upper right. These are the Police Photos, taken on the day they were executed, by a firing squad, on November 23, 1927.
Padre Pro in one of his disguises, right in front of the President of Mexico’s house, and in front of a Policeman. He would celebrate Mass clandestinely, using several different disguises. He dressed up in overalls, as a mechanic, to Catechize men. He posed as a police officer and would even upbraid a policeman for letting that Padre Pro get away, with saying Mass. Needless to say, he was witty and had a sense of humor. He’d even roll out of a Taxi and grab a woman’s arm whisper “I am a priest” to her and his acting even as a dapper single man was used to escape the Police who wanted him dead even before the bombing that was falsely attributed to his and his brother, Humberto. The car the Pro Brothers sold to another man was used in a bombing crime against a retired President of Mexico. They were not allowed to defend themselves. Instead they were accused and executed without a trial. When actually the Governments Anti-Catholic Laws enacted in 1917 is the reason for his death. Why? Because Blessed Padre Miguel Pro would clandestinely seek, to celebrate Holy Mass, the Sacraments and Catechesis.
Miguel Pro met a Medical Student, on his way to a Barcelona, Spain Seminary. The letters Padre Pro wrote to his friend he met on a ship, were recently found by that doctor’s daughter. Blessed Padre Pro’s letters, postcards and poems were saved by this doctor. Here is the Link to read these letters. His artwork is cute. And, his poems were pensive. His prayers were honest conversations, with God, that inspire us to pray, likewise.
Blessed Padre Pro’s interest in Histology, Physiology, Art and the Sacred Heart of Jesus are so endearing, to read. He said he prayed for his friend the medical student at every Holy Communion, and asked his friend, to do the same for him, at Holy Communion. (I do this too!)
BLESSED PADRE MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO’s Cartoons and Poems. He has such a funny and pure sense of humor. It’s not “trashy” like some men, who don’t know no better, or do and don’t care, who they offend. Yeah, I love Padre Pro more and more everyday. I am Thankful to God, that I was finally able to see his humor, I always read about. He is a witness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ love for me. I sensed he’s been helping since 1977. His birthday is the same day as my son’s birthday. So, thank you Blessed Padre Pro, for your prayers for me, my son, his dad and brothers and my grandkids too. You must have prayed for me, when I got that premonition from Mary at Christmas Mass 1976 that something awful was ahead of me. Little did I know, it would be divorce. I just felt solidarity with Mary being pregnant at Christmas time, like her. I prayed for my unborn baby, and that I would have no problems nursing him. That turned out to be the least of my problems. I did not know the horrible crosses ahead of us. You dear Padre Pro must have prayed I would not give up despite these trials. You and St Jude have helped me this week. You are like big brothers in the faith, praying and encouraging us all intimately. Thank you!
This is my favorite CARTOON drawn by Blessed Padre Miguel Pro, because I have been thrown off of a retired race horse, who still had a lot of spunk in her. “Dear Padre Pro, I love smiling today on your feast day. Thank you. And, thank you for your heroic virtues. I hope I can imitate your moral courage. So help me. Thanks. Amen.
“In Father Pro’s case, Plutarco Calles wanted the execution to be a “big show” and had instructed his underlings to invite representatives from all the government secretariats, the press, and photographers. His intention was to show the Catholics as groveling cowards. Instead, the photos spoke eloquently of their heroism. After the execution, an attempt was made to recall the photographs, and possession of them became a crime. But the damage had been done — the world had seen. Today these photos bear mute testimony to the bravery of this martyr for Christ the King.”
Blessed Padre Pro forgave his executioners and with a cross in one hand and a rosary in the other hand – he shouted out before being shot, “Viva Cristo Rey!” Which means, “Long Live Christ the King!”