Martyrs are Christian men and women and even children who loved Jesus so much that they willingly sacrificed their life, rather than give up their faith in Jesus Christ.
The year is 1927 and the country is Mexico. The anti-Catholic government is destroying churches, priests are hunted down and shot and homes are searched for religious pictures and crucifixes. Prison is the penalty for possessing them.
From 1926 to 1929 thousands of men, women and children went to prison and were murdered.
Father Pro, dressed in various disguises, celebrated secret Masses in private homes, garages and forests. A guard would be posted at the entrance and a password would be whispered.
A scene, much like the one leading to Father Pro's arrest, is described in Graham Greene's book, The Power and the Glory.
A voice whispered urgently to him, `Father.'
`The police are on the way. They are only a mile off, coming through the forest.'
`Were they on horseback or on foot?'
If they were on foot, he had 20 minutes to finish Mass and hide.
Consecration was in silence. No bell rang.
Somebody opened the door and a voice whispered urgently, `They're here! They are all around the village.'
The priest was arrested and shot by a firing squad shortly thereafter.
The firing squad only wounded him. A soldier walked over and shot him at close range.
Pope John Paul II beatified Miguel Pro in 1988
The Mexican government, in hopes of showing Father Pro pleading for his life, allowed photographs. Then they tried to get the pictures back.
To The Heart Of Jesus (By Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J.)