Feast of St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro (February 6)   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Flag of Mexico, 1916-1934

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SAINT MATEO CORREA-MAGALLANES (JULY 23, 1866-FEBRUARY 6, 1927)

Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

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BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO (JANUARY 13, 1891-NOVEMBER 23, 1927)

Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

His feast transferred from November 23

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These two saints became martyrs via the revolutionary government of Mexico.

St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes, born at Tepechitlan, Zacatecas, Mexico, on July 23, 1866, became a Roman Catholic priest.  He, ordained in 1893, served at Concepcion de Oro (1898-1905) and at Colotan (1908-1910).  He went into hiding after the government suppressed the Roman Catholic Church.  His last base of operations was Valparaiso (1926-1927).  Authorities arrested our saint when he was en route to a sick call.  He swallowed the host to prevent its desecration.  The charge was participation in an armed rebellion.  It was a false allegation, of course.  Our saint, while incarcerated, heard the confessions of other prisoners.  When the warden demanded that Correa-Magallanes reveal the contents of confessions, the priest refused.  So he became a martyr on February 6, 1927.  He was 60 years old.

Pope John Paul II declared Correa-Magallanes a Venerable then a Blessed in 1992 then canonized him eight years later.

Correa-Magallanes had administered the First Communion to Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro (listed on the calendar of saints of the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada), born at Guadeloupe, Zacatecas, Mexico, on January 13, 1891.  Pro grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family.  The son a mining engineer had solidarity with the poor and the working classes.  At the age of 20 years Pro joined the Society of Jesus.  Due to the ecclesiastical politics during a revolutionary period our saint studied theology abroad.  He, ordained to the priesthood in Belgium at age 36 in 1925, returned to his homeland the following year.  He became an underground priest.  In 1927 authorities captured our saint, accused him falsely of participating in a bombing attempt.  They also sentenced him to die without holding a trial first.  On November 23, 1927, at Mexico City, our saint refused a blindfold, forgave the members of the firing squad, and shouted “Long live Christ the king!” as he died.  There was no public funeral, but many people lined the streets as his body passed by.

Pope John Paul II declared Pro a Venerable in 1986 and a Blessed two years later.  The fortunes of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico improved after 1940.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyrs

Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember them in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with them the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 714

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