Many stories accompany Saint Patrick, the
apostle of Ireland in the middle of the fifth
century. One of them speaks about the baptism
of King Aengus by the saint. Many people
were there. During the rite, St. Patrick
leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and by
accident stabbed the king's foot. It was
painful and blood came streaming from his
foot. The king did not flinch. The celebration
continued. It was only after the rite that
the saint realized what had happened. He
was profusely apologetic and begged earnestly
the king's forgiveness. "Why did you
suffer this pain in silence", the Saint
wanted to know. The simple reply of the king
was, "I thought it was part of the rite!"
Well, the truth is that there was another
'king' who was stabbed not only on
but also on his hands and side and
And he did not react negatively. He
pain come upon him. Somehow He wanted
show mankind that even if we torture
and kill him, He will still love us.
kind of kingship!
It was less than one hundred years
1925, that Pope Pius XI instituted
of Christ The King, basically in response
to the atheist and totalitarian political
regimes that denied the rights of God
the Church. This was the time when
the Mexican revolution, many Christians
to their deaths crying out to their
breath, "Long live Christ the
"Viva Cristo Rey!"
But if the feast is recent, its content
its central idea were born with Christianity.
The whole idea that "Christ reigns"
or "Jesus is Lord," is an
part of the kerygma.
His kingship, we must admit, is atypical.
No spectacular demonstrations. No big
No pageantry. He chose to show his
on the cross where the inscription
of Nazareth, King of the Jews' hang
his head, by being solicitous just
man, who was, in fact, a criminal:
remember me when you come into your
The 'king' replied earnestly, "Amen,
I say to you, today you will be with
paradise." This should give us
feeling - we have such a caring powerful
person behind our life! Saint Teresa
once said, "One person and God
army." We can win our battles.
"No one can live without delight
that is why a man deprived of spiritual
goes over to carnal pleasures."
Leonard of Port Maurice wrote. "Leave
sadness to those in the world. We who
with God can be cheerful." St.
of Assisi said, "Melancholy is
of devotion." St. Ignatius of
meeting one day one of his novices
apparently in a dark mood, said to
son, I want you to laugh; I want you
happy in the Lord; a religious has
to be sad, and he has many reasons
cheerful." That most amiable of
Saints, Francis de Sales, wrote: "A
sad saint is a very poor saint."
St. Philip Neri said, "I will
sadness in my house"
Banish sadness. The King is here!
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