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Catechetical Saints: Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ
A question I have often asked myself is, ‘Would I be willing to die for the Creed?’ It is natural to think that we would die for Jesus Christ or for the Church – well, at least I think it is natural. But would we die for what we believe? Is the Creed for us, as it was for St Ambrose, ‘unquestionably, the treasure of our soul’?[ii] The General Catechetical Directory states, ‘In fusing his confession of faith with that of the Church, the Christian is incorporated into her mission: to be the “universal sacrament of salvation” for the life of the world. He who makes the profession of faith takes on responsibilities that not infrequently provoke persecution. In Christian history the martyrs are proclaimers and witnesses par excellence’ (GDC 83). Miguel Pro, a Jesuit priest, understood this very well. He was born in 1891, in the tiny Mexican village of Guadalupe. His father was a mining engineer and Miguel learned compassion for the poor and suffering at an early age. He also learned his love for God and for the Church from his parents.