Today we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King…
…and also Pro Orantibus Day, a day of prayer for the cloistered religious life.
St. Ambrose commented on the passage above from Luke, saying, \”The Lord always grants us more than what we ask for. The thief merely asked to be remembered, but the Lord said: \’Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.\’ The essence of life is to live with Jesus Christ. And where Jesus Christ is, there is his Reign to be found.\” This seems to sum up the happy coincidence of the solemnity of Christ the King and the day designated by the Pope as \”Pro Orantibus\” both falling on November 21 this year. If the essence of life is to live with Jesus Christ, our King, how fortunate are we cloistered religious who spend our whole lives in Christ\’s service, praying, interceding, and praising him day and night in his churches and chapels throughout the world! And we are fortunate–and happy! It is absolutely true that Christ gives everything, even more than what we ask for, and takes nothing away. He is the King of all Kings, the One to whom we have pledged our lives.
We invite all young women to consider their vocation to the cloistered life–and maybe to our monastery! Please go to our website for more information about our vocation and our joy-filled life at the heart of the Church and the Order of Preachers.
\”It is worthwhile living for his kingdom–and dying for it.\” –Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn, O.P.