Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christ the King and Pro Orantibus Day

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King...


One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And he said to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
(Lk 23:39-43)

...and also Pro Orantibus Day, a day of prayer for the cloistered religious life.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel

Pro Orantibus day (a day for "those who pray"--cloistered religious) is celebrated on the memorial of the Presentation of Mary in the temple, November 21--a day that recalls Mary's dedication to God.

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.

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