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Prayers Encouraged for Pro Orantibus Day (For Those Who Pray)
Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to honor the cloistered and monastic life on Pro Orantibus Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, November 21, 2010.
The primary purpose of Pro Orantibus Day (For Those Who Pray) is to thank God for the tremendous gift of the cloistered and monastic vocation in the Churchs life, noted Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem., National Director of the Institute on Religious Life. Since the lives of these women and men religious dedicated to prayer and sacrifice is often hidden, this annual celebration reminds us of the need to support their unique mission within the Body of Christ, he added.
In the Diocese of Gaylord, the religious sisters at the Carmelite Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Traverse City and the sisters at the Sacramentine Monastery in Conway are among those communities whose apostolate is to prayer.
In 1997 Pope John Paul II asked that this ecclesial event be observed worldwide on November 21, the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Marys Presentation in the Temple. It is a special day to thank those in the cloistered and monastic life for serving as a leaven of renewal and of the presence of the spirit of Christ in the world. It is also intended to remind others of the need to provide spiritual and material support for those who pray.
Pope Benedict XVI has spoken often of the tremendous value of the cloistered, contemplative life. Speaking to a group of cloistered Dominican nuns in Rome this past June, the Holy Father referred to such religious as the heart which provides blood to the rest of the Body of Christ. He noted that in their work and prayer, together with Christ, they are the heart of the Church and in their desire for Gods love they approach the ultimate goal.
The nationwide effort to publicize Pro Orantibus Day is coordinated by the Institute on Religious Life, a national organization based in the Chicago area. The IRL was founded in 1974 by Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J., and is comprised of bishops, priests, religious and laity who support and promote the vowed religious life.
Visit www.cloisteredlife.com for more information and prayer resources. Prayer cards may also be downloaded by using the link below.