Thursday, November 23, 2006

Viva Cristo Rey!


This picture shows Miguel Pro seconds before he was shot dead. Today is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Miguel Pro SJ, a heroic martyr for the Catholic Faith at a time when:
(1) the Church was under a vicious anti-Christian persecution in Mexico and
(2) Jesuits were sufficiently orthodox and zealous to die for the Faith rather than, say, risk a fine for breach of the peace for cutting through the wire round an RAF base.

There is a very good website on him by his biographer HERE. Who knows what the future may bring? I'm reading a riveting book about the quasi-religious wrappings of the worst regimes of the 20th Century and their persecution of the Church in Michael Burleigh's new book, Sacred Causes (you will earn some pennies for Holy Rosary, Blackfen if you order it through the Amazon link on Fr Tim's blog). The book has a powerful defence of Pius XII, but more of this another time.

Those of us who blog in defence of Catholicism have cached up for ourselves plenty of evidence of guilt if another anti-Christian persecution comes our way. Would we be able to open our arms to face the firing squad or the jihadi's sword, forgive our enemies and shout "VIVAT CHRISTUS REX!"?

Christopher Howse gives an excellent short account of Pro's life in this article:Modern martyr in Greeneland


Blessed Miguel Pro - pray for us!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Fr PF said...

Your post reminded me of a question which a former parishioner (now a monk) used to like asking people: "If you were arrested for being a Catholic, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"

9:12 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Apart from blogging, which is just me being beastly most of the time, the CPS might have insufficint evidence to prosecute in my case

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

I wonder what Blessed Miguel Pro would think of South American Jesuits dabbling in liberation theology?

And St. Ignatius wept...

11:39 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Blessed Miguel Pro - pray for us!

Absolutely

2:02 PM  

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