Friends of the Rosary:
Today, as every year on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Catholic Church observes the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — also known as the feast of Christ the King.
This celebration, on the last Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent, was instituted a century ago by Pope Pius XI.
In his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, Pius XI rightly wrote that “men must look for the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ.”
“As long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations.”
Three years earlier, the Soviet Union was created in Russia, an explicitly secular state that would aggressively persecute believers in the coming decades.
Later in the century, we would see the mass murder incited by communist and national socialist regimes, the World War II catastrophe, the destruction caused by ideologies, the genocides, abortion, and multiple other disgraces over the human race, all as consequences of a life established without faith in the living God.
In this solemnity, we revere Christ as King. And we rejoice in acknowledging that Christ has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created.
“His is the kingdom of love — the kingdom of those who give their lives for the salvation of others,” said Pope Francis.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
To Jesus through Mary!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York