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The Fourth Dimension of Regnum Christi: Team Life

Contents:

  1. Draft Statutes
  2. Videos:
    1. Video of RC Convention Talk on Team Life by Jeff and Donna Garrett
    2. Retreat Guide from the RC Spirituality Center: The Cure for Discouragement Pt 2 & 3
    3. Webinar video recording on the Encounter with Christ
  1. Resources:
    1. RC Member Handbook on Team Life
    2. Agenda for the Encounter with Christ
    3. The Regnum Christi Christian Life Small Group Program
    4. Getting it Right- The Foundation of Friendship
  1. Recommended Reading

 

1. Draft Statutes

Draft Statute #31.

1. The lay members form part of a team. The team is the natural setting where the members develop their Regnum Christi lifestyle.

2. A team is a group of members united to help each other in their sanctification, formation and apostolic work, following the example of the primitive Christian communities.

Draft Statute #32. The Encounter with Christ is the center of team life. In it, as a community of faith, the members confront themselves with the Word of God and the reality of the world in which they live; they encourage each other in the following of Christ and enkindle their apostolic zeal.

*the new draft statutes allow for the possibility of teams of married couples, with one couple acting as team leaders. Each territory is responsible for planning and overseeing how this is rolled out with its members.

 

2. Videos

  1. How we Roll: Team Life for Men and Women

Jeff & Donna Garrett

 

 

  1. The Cure for Discouragement :Meditation 2 Three Antidotes to Discouragement and Conference Spreading the Cure for Discouragement

Fr. John Bartunek, LC

 

 

 

  1. The Encounter with Christ: The Essence and the Practical

This recorded training webinar is a walk through the Encounter with Christ: what we do and why we do it.

 

 

3. Resources to help deepen team life:

  1. Excerpts from the Regnum Christi Member Handbook on Team Life

64 Ordinarily, you do not live your calling and membership in Regnum Christi in isolation. The Movement is above all a true, spiritual family in the Church. Therefore, the life of its members unfolds in the framework of spiritual communion and fraternal charity, as happens and has always happened in the Church since early Christianity. This reality takes concrete shape by belonging to a team, which is a small group of members who mutually help and encourage each other to live a better life, persevere in their Christian vocation and be more effective in their apostolic activity.

321 A team is a number of members that come together to help each other in their holiness and perseverance, formation and apostolate, like the first Christian communities. Ideally, the team is made up of eight to fifteen members so that it facilitates everyone’s participation and fosters interpersonal relationships. It comes together in a natural way through friendship, affinity or common interests. The team is not an end in itself, but rather a means for the members to help each other carry out fully their vocation in the Church, through the Movement. Team life teaches us to work in collaboration with others leaving aside individualism, and it enhances the possibilities of each member by utilizing and combining their individual qualities and abilities.

322 For a team to be able to fulfill its purpose, its members must keep in mind —and strive to acquire, promote and strengthen— the following attitudes, which contribute greatly to the team’s activity and internal cohesion:

 

A. True esprit de corps that brings each member to accept the others, cooperate with, support and help them in every way possible, and which creates an atmosphere of appreciation and esteem around them by speaking highly of their qualities, successes and virtues, and never unnecessarily mentioning their defects and shortcomings.

B. Work full of optimism; maintaining a joyful, sincere and positive climate both in our internal activities and on the apostolate, and fostering a balanced and healthy joviality.

C. Concern and interest for those members who temporarily need to withdraw from team life due to work, studies or travel. This same attitude should motivate you to invite back those members who for one reason or another may have distanced themselves from the life of the Movement.

D. An attitude of openness and growth, avoiding all cliquishness. By reason of its very vitality, the team must always be seeking new members and multiplying itself.

E. A healthy realism regarding the diversity of temperaments and dispositions of the team’s members. The team is a human group, made up of people different in temperament, reactions, formation and skills. All this enriches the team, but it can also be a source of friction and difficulties. You must always keep this in mind, and strive to harmonize this diversity with charity.

F. A sincere wish to foster friendship among the members, expanding it into other areas and activities by spending time together, family gatherings, spontaneous meetings and mutual support.

Read More…

 

  1. The Encounter with Christ

 

 

  1. Christian Life: A Regnum Christi Program for Small Group Evangelization

 

Christian Life. Live it.

The individual’s act of faith finds it place within a community: through our encounter with others, our gaze rises to a truth greater than ourselves.” – Pope Francis

Have fun, explore your Faith and experience Christ with others. Life is not meant to be lived alone. Learn, meet like-minded friends and find purpose & intention in life.

  

  1. Getting it right- the Foundations of Friendship. Excerpts from an article by Dr. Edward Sri on authentic friendship according to St. John Paul II and Aristotle

 

 

 

4. Recommended Reading

1. True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness by John Cuddeback

We all want true friends. But how many of us know what friendship is? “Friendship: The Art of Happiness” explains what friendship is, why we seek it, and why it is often hard to find. Philosopher John Cuddeback deftly weaves the timeless wisdom of the Greeks and Sacred Scripture into a practical wisdom that will show you the path to the most rewarding of human achievements – being a friend.

 

2.   Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship by Mary DeTurris Poust

Author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and modern religious leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful relationships in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular “Catholic New York” columnist and “Our Sunday Visitor” blogger Mary DeTurris Poust looks honestly but hopefully at today’s culture, where people feel increasingly isolated despite the advent of myriad gadgets designed to keep them connected. Reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a useful resource for small groups, moms groups, and for spiritual direction.

 

3. But I have Called You Friends by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.

In these simple, yet profound conferences, Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C., explores both the necessity and the difficulty of Christian friendship.
Friendship is the basis of all fruitful love, she wrote. Whether we are single or married, priest or religious, the Lord himself called us his friends and commanded us to be the friends of one another.
Mother explained the reason this command is so difficult: knowing, understanding, and respecting another person are necessary for loving him, and these things take time. We must be friends if we are to lov