|Cardinal Franc Rodé addresses Chilean families, encouraging them to make their families schools of prayer.|
Santiago de Chile. December 11 , 2008. In his visit
to Santiago de Chile, Cardinal Franc Rodé, the Prefect of
the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies
of Apostolic Life, visited various apostolates of the Legion of
Christ and Regnum Christi and passed on words of encouragement
and motivation to all Regnum Christi members.
role as Prefect for this Vatican congregation is significant for
the Legion of Christ, which is an institute of consecrated
life, and for Regnum Christi, a society of apostolic life.
As such, Cardinal Rodé is uniquely qualified to offer guidance
to both the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.
A Message from Pope Benedict XVI
From the beginning,
he stated the reason for his visit to Chile in
the clearest of terms: “I am coming to get to
know better the works of the Legion of Christ and
the Regnum Christi Movement… both for personal information and also,
I hope, to give a word of encouragement and enthusiasm,
of confirmation to this new movement.”
Part of this
word of encouragement included a message from Pope Benedict XVI,
which he shared in a video interview shortly after his
arrival: “The Holy Father told me, ‘Tell them that my
blessing is with them, and that I follow with much
heartfelt interest the great work that they are carrying out,
a work of evangelization and of Christian formation.”
the Movement’s Educators
His first official visit in Chile
brought him to the campus of Finis Terrae University,
which has been run by the Legion of Christ since
1999. Today, the university has about 3,500 students and grants
degrees in 21 majors.
On December 10, Cardinal
Rodé met with the directors of the schools in Chile
that are run or guided by the Legionaries of Christ
and Regnum Christi. The meeting took place at the Everest School of Santiago, which was founded in 1995 to
meet the needs of thousands of families from the local
area. Today the school is directed by consecrated members
of Regnum Christi, with over 2,500 students spread across the
boys’ and girls’ campuses and the pre-school program.
|“Parents are the natural teachers of values. It is they who educate their children in solid principles…”|
The Cardinal Speaks to Families
During the afternoon,
the cardinal gave a talk in the gymnasium of the
Cumbres School of Santiago to over 1,000 people, including
parents of students of the schools, members and friends of
the Regnum Christi Movement, and Legionaries of Christ who are
working in Chile.
In slightly different words than in
the previous interview, he passed on the Holy Father’s greeting
to all Regnum Christi members:
“The Holy Father, Pope Benedict,
told me: ‘Tell them that I know them, I esteem
them, and I appreciate them. Tell them that my blessing
accompanies them; tell them to follow with great conviction the
path marked out by the charism given to the Regnum
Christi Movement, and to be great witnesses of Christ and
of his Church in today’s world.’”
In his speech, he
highlighted the crucial importance of the family.
the life of the Regnum Christi Movement to your families.
Pray as a family, do apostolate as a family, and
enjoy your family life together. Everyone wants the best for
their families. They want their loved ones to be happy.
This project of happiness not only includes caring for the
material needs of the children—their clothing, lodging, food, and education—above
all, it means building an atmosphere of love and unity
so that everyone can develop integrally and be happy. Building
a family is much more than providing the more external
elements such as food, education, etc. No, it is much
more. It is above all a project of growth in
|“Spare no efforts in your formation so that you can be better instruments for God.”|
love and in mutual trust.
“Make your families schools of prayer
where the members live out a spontaneous relationship of union
with God, where they always live under the gaze of
the One who knows the deepest secrets of our hearts.
Turn your families into missionary families so that you always
give a witness of your faith and share it with
joy. The Church in Chile and in America needs families’
commitment to evangelization.
“The families of the Regnum Christi Movement have
the mission of making Christ present in society, in culture,
in its various spheres, among the youth, among children, among
the elderly, among married couples. Seek to draw others to
Christ, knowing that he is the Redeemer, the Savior. Help
them to discover in Jesus the very face of God.
Teach them that Jesus is the Word that God wanted
to speak to the world; he is God himself who
came to share in each one of our lives. He
is the way, the truth, and the life.
“Give Christ, and
help your brothers and sisters to experience his irresistible attraction.
Teach them the art of prayer, assiduous contact with the
Lord, sacramental life. Bring them to know, love, and follow
The Church expects much from you. So, live out
your spiritual charism and your apostolic charism to the full.
Grow to reach more people, and form yourselves very well.
Today’s world requires apostles who can guide their brothers and
sisters toward what is good and true. Spare no efforts
in your formation so that you can be better instruments
for God. These are the recommendations I want to give
|Fr Álvaro Corcuera, LC thanks Cardinal Franc Rodé for his words to the Chilean families gathered at the Cumbres School.|
After his speech, the cardinal was given souvenirs of Chile
from representatives of the Movement’s sections, along with a warm
28 years ago, the Legionaries of Christ
were invited to Chile to work in education and formation.
The first Legionaries and consecrated women of Regnum Christi worked
to create education centers which have since grown to 10
schools and one university—giving more than 13,000 students a high-level
They have also extended their apostolic
work to adults and children through the Regnum Christi Movement,
which gathers lay people to take on projects aimed at
serving people, building the Church, and extending the Kingdom of
Christ among men.