Martyr Of The Confessional: Feast Of St. Mateo Correa Magallanes

Martyr Of The Confessional: Feast Of St. Mateo Correa Magallanes

Fr. Correa was born at Tepechitlán, Zacatecas, Mexico. He attended the seminary at Zacatecas on a scholarship, in 1881. He was ordained as priest in 1893 at the age of 27. As a young priest, he gave first communion to Miguel Pro who also became a priest and was later martyred.

Fr. Correa was assigned as a parish priest to Concepción del Oro in 1898, and then to Colotlán in 1908. Following the government’s repression of the Catholic Church in 1910, he went into hiding. He was assigned to Valparaíso in 1926.

In 1927, during the government’s continuing persecution of the Church, Fr. Correa was arrested by soldiers as he was bringing Viaticum to an invalid woman. Accused of being part of the armed Cristero defense, he was jailed in Zacatecas, and then in Durango. 

On 5 February 1927, Fr. Correa was asked by General Eulogio Ortiz, to hear the confessions of some imprisoned members of the Cristeros, an uprising of Catholic men who decided to fight back against the persecution of the Church led by Mexico’s president Plutarco Elias Calles. 

Father Correa agreed to administer the Sacrament of Confession to these prisoners, but afterward General Ortiz demanded to know what the condemned prisoners had confessed. Fr. Correa refused. General Ortiz then pointed a gun at Fr. Correa’s head and threatened him with immediate death. Fr. Correa continued to refuse, and at dawn on February 6, 1927, he was taken to the cemetery on the outskirts of Durango and shot through the head.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22, 1992, and then canonized on May 21, 2000 during the Jubilee of Mexico.

St Mateo Correa Magallanes. 

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  1. 🕯📖🕯Acts 2:38-39
    38 And Peter said to them, ” Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39 👉For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

    “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

    The benefits of Baptism are available to adults and children alike. This explains why the apostles baptized entire households. 💦👶👇
    🕯📖🕯Acts 2:38-39
    38 And Peter said to them, ” Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39 👉For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

    “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

    The benefits of Baptism are available to adults and children alike. This explains why the apostles baptized entire households. 💦👶👇
    Today, February 6th is the double class feast of St. Titus and St. Dorothy. Titus, a convert from paganism, was a fellow laborer of St. Paul on many apostolic missions. Paul later made Titus bishop of Crete, a difficult charge because of the character of the inhabitants and the spread of erroneous doctrines on that island. St. Paul’s writings tell us that Titus rejoiced to discover what was good in others and drew the hearts of men by his wide and affectionate sympathy. In this St. Titus imitated Christ: “When the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared, then not by reason of good works that we did ourselves, but according to His mercy, He saved us” (Titus 3:4,5). ⚜️ A virgin of Caesarea in Cappadocia, Dorothy was condemned to be beheaded toward the end of the third century. Before her execution, she had the happiness of winning for Christ two apostates who had been ordered to pervert her.
    May blessed Dorothy, Thy Virgin and Martyr, we beseech Thee, O Lord, obtain pardon for us: for she merited Thy constant good pleasure by her life of chastity attributed by her to Thy power. Through Our Lord . . .
    🙌🏼 I’ve been praying to St Titus especially for we certainly need him and all the early Apostles to intervene in our time of need. The heretical musings have infiltrated the Church once again St Titus, St Timothy and St Dorothy Pray for Us!
    Padre PIO, Saint PIO, pray for us, amen
    Ave Maria Gratia Plena
    Ave Maria Gratia Plena
    💙

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