Friday, November 23, 2012

Today is the memorial of Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ

God our Father,
you gave your servant Michael Augustine
the grace to seek ardently your greater glory
and the salvation of your people.
Grant that, through his intercession
and following his example,
we may serve you and glorify you
by performing our daily duties with fidelity and joy
and effectively helping our neighbor.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

I think the Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota should install a special shrine to Bl. Miguel Pro, and promote devotion to the saint in view of the large population of Hispanics in the cities, as well as the current civil threats to religious liberty Catholics are facing in the U.S..  Blessed Miguel Pro, a modern American martyr, is an excellent example for all of the faithful who are intent upon defending religious freedom.
At the time of the killing of Pro, Mexico was under rule of the fiercely anti-clerical and anti-Catholic President Plutarco Elías Calles who had begun what writer Graham Greene called the "fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth." - Source

Petition Archbishop Nienstedt to establish a shrine at the Cathedral.  The edifice should be alive with devotion, not simply a monument to architectural style and decorum with 'business hours'.
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and MinneapolisATTN: Office of The Archbishop226 Summit AvenueSaint Paul, MN 55102

Information about Bl. Miguel here.

Art: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Neilson Carlin, fine artist.


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