|Pope Benedict XVI receives Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, in private audience on June 16, 2006 (© L'Osservatore Romano).|
Thy Kingdom Come!
Rome, June 16, 2006
To the Legionaries of Christ
and Regnum Christi Members.
Dear Friends in Christ,
As has happened on many occasions
throughout the years of our history, Christ our Lord had
special graces in store for us for this month of
June, in which we honor so lovingly his Sacred Heart.
purpose on this occasion is to tell you of a
special blessing we received precisely today. This morning, in fact,
I had the immense joy to be received in private
audience by His Holiness Benedict XVI.
As always, the Holy Father
was especially kind and fatherly, and he assured me that
he is very close to the Legion and Regnum Christi
at this time.
Not only did I verbally express to him
the most complete adherence of the Legion and Regnum Christi
to his person and ministry, but also, interpreting your feelings
as displayed in all your recent letters to me, and
which stem from the depth of your spirit of faith,
I gave the Holy Father a written note, a copy
of which is attached to this letter.
The Holy Father, in
his thoughtful and fatherly kindness asked me to assure you
that he feels close to us all, prays for us
and sends his blessing.
As we can see, God our Father
never ceases to show us his infinite love in many
ways, and the only way to respond to this love
is by redoubling our effort to cooperate with the Holy
Spirit in our journey to holiness. Only if we are
holy will we carry forward our apostolic mission. And we
will be holy only if we live his commandment of
love to its ultimate consequences. Today more than ever, we
need to be Christians in name and in fact, bearing
in our lives the commandment of love.
May the Blessed Virgin
obtain for us the grace to be generous as she
was in the surrender of our lives to Christ, and
to the charism that he deigned to grant to us
for the benefit of his Church.
I will pray for you
all in a special way before Christ in the Eucharist.
I remain your servant in Christ Jesus.
Alvaro Corcuera, LC
Written Note given to the Holy Father
Rome, June 16, 2006
With deep humility
and veneration, the Legionaries of Christ and the members of
the Regnum Christi Movement wanted me to express, on their
behalf, our filial love and to renew our unconditional adherence
to you and your ministry as Vicar of Christ and
visible head of the Church.
We are moved by the certainty
of faith, that only in the boat of Peter, will
we reach the safe haven of salvation. We are moved
at the same time by the “personal and ardent love”
for the Successor of Peter (Constitutions of the Legion of
Christ, 226 §2). This love is something that we, in
the Legion and Regnum Christi, have learned from the first
days of our foundation. We are convinced that this faith
and love are the secret and guarantee of our fidelity
to Christ and the Church. Thus, we feel very close
to Christ when we are close to his Vicar.
want to renew our commitment to continue dedicating our time
and all that we are to serve the Church, and
we offer our charism to the bishops as a means
of extending Christ’s Kingdom.
We pray every day for Your Holiness,
and we ask the Blessed Virgin to keep and protect
you under her motherly care. I humbly ask your blessing,
and remain yours with filial love,
Fr. Álvaro Corcuera, L.C.