Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Memorial of St. Clement and Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Padre Pro

Today, November 23, is the memorial of St. Clement I,  pope and martyr. 
St. Clement was the third bishop of Rome, after St. Peter. He is known to us mostly through his famous letter to the Church at Corinth. But we also know about him through the later Church Fathers.
According to St. Irenaeus, St. Clement had conversed with the Apostles (i.e. Peter and Paul), and was bishop of the Church at Rome after St. Linus and St. Cletus. 
That is also attested to by the liturgy of the Church at Rome, which to this day preserves the name of “Clemens” after the names of ‘Linus’ and ‘Cletus’ in the litany of prayers, and these names follow directly after those of the Apostles. The recitation of these names in the Roman liturgy has been in place apparently since the second century.
Eusebius (AD 249 – 340 AD), in his History of the Church claims that St. Clement of Rome is the same Clement referred to by St. Paul in Philippians 4:3, where St. Paul writes, 
“I ask you also, who are a true co-worker, to help these women, for they have labored side by side with me in the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”3 
Some have claimed that the Fortunatus referred to at the end of St. Clement’s letter to the Corinthians is the same Fortunatus referred to by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:17

You can read more detail at Called to Communion - great website! The above is just an excerpt with my bolding for emphasis.

Today is also the Memorial of Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Padre Pro. 
This brave martyr was a Jesuit who was executed by Communists in Mexico on November 23, 1927, after being falsely accused of taking part in a plot to assassinate President Calles.
He died shouting ¡Viva Cristo Rey! or Long Live Christ the King!
He was beatified in 1988.
In 1927 when Father Miguel Pro was executed, no one could have predicted that 52 years later the bishop of Rome would visit Mexico, be welcomed by its president and celebrate open-air Masses before thousands of people. Pope John Paul II made additional trips to Mexico in 1990, 1993 and 1999. Those who outlawed the Catholic Church in Mexico did not count on the deeply rooted faith of its people and the willingness of many of them, like Miguel Pro, to die as martyrs.

During his homily at the beatification Mass, Pope John Paul II said that Father Pro 
“is a new glory for the beloved Mexican nation, as well as for the Society of Jesus. His life of sacrificing and intrepid apostolate was always inspired by a tireless evangelizing effort. Neither suffering nor serious illness, neither the exhausting ministerial activity, frequently carried out in difficult and dangerous circumstances, could stifle the radiating and contagious joy which he brought to his life for Christ and which nothing could take away (see John 16:22). Indeed, the deepest root of self-sacrificing surrender for the lowly was his passionate love for Jesus Christ and his ardent desire to be conformed to him, even unto death.”
H/T: Father Peter West via FB        SOURCES:  AmericanCatholic.org and Called to Communion

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Love, love, love Padre Pro! He has been a favorite patron of our boys from day one and an amazing example of courage and real faith to all of us! Viva Christo Rey!

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