The saints of these last days of the liturgical year incite us to look beyond the conditions of this present life and to set our hope on the things that God has prepared for us in “the holy city, new Jerusalem” (Ap 21:2), “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived” (1 Cor 2:9).
Saint Cecilia of Rome
On the 22nd, Saint Cecilia is set before us: an icon of the Church, Virgin and Bride, “carrying the Gospel always on her heart and meditating therein day and night, talking with God in prayer” (Responsory).
On the 24th, we monks remember Saint Columbanus, the Irish missionary monk who demonstrated that the search for God and zeal for the extension of His kingdom go hand in hand. Monastic implantations, be they ancient or new, are an indispensable part of the New Evangelization.
O God who, in Saint Columbanus,
didst wonderfully join the work of evangelization
to the practice of the monastic life,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that through his intercession and example,