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Thanksgiving & the Feastday of Christ the King: "VIVA CRISTO REY! LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING!"

Posted by michaela L. on November 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM

        This month we celebrate two very important dates: the Feastday of Christ, the King & Thanksgiving Day, a uniquely American holiday!  Ann Ball of  Fr.Miguel Pro's Home Page suggests a way we can combine these special remembrances: “Mention Miguel to at least one friend this week. And please ask God, if it is His will, to let one of the pending miracles be approved so Miguel can enjoy the full honors of the altar. Don’t forget to ask Miguel for a favor! If there is nothing especially critical pending on your prayer list this week, then ask him to flood you with the true spirit of Thanksgiving and to infuse you with his joy this week.”  (Underline mine.)

        But who is Father Miguel Pro, S.J. & how does he figure in all these? Father Miguel, a 36-year-old Jesuit priest, was shot & martyred on November 23, 1927 on trumped up charges brought against him by the repressive Mexican government at that time. At his execution by firing squad, he was holding a rosary in one hand. He asked to kneel down in final prayer, stood up then spread out his arms to form a cross and cried, "Viva Cristo Rey! (Long Live Christ, the King!)," as he faced oncoming bullets. He is now Blessed Father Miguel Pro, beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988 & his cause is awaiting elevation to final sainthood!

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Reply Monico I.
11:26 PM on February 25, 2010 
I am really amazed at how the lord works out a way to send us his message. My sister and I had been talking on the phone about how she was able to communicate with someone very important who could very well be my only chance in getting something of utmost important to me and my family, she said that we had better pray a lot for it to happen. I suddenly got an urge to open my email and as I was reading thru it I saw the prayer request of our CHRP coordinator so I decided to post it at webprayze, going through the web page, I noticed this blog about Father Miguel Pio, and read about his martyrdom, thats when I came to realize that I was being led on by the lord to seek his help to ask for his intercession, for like him, I too suffered persecution by being falsely accused. Thank you lord for showing me the way.