My name is Tom Skiba and I would like to
share with you what Regnum Christi has meant to me.
Regnum Christi members are called to be apostles. This is
an important word in the world of Regnum Christi. If
you associate with anyone from Regnum Christi, you can´t get
into a discussion for more than a couple of minutes
before a derivative of the word apostle comes up. "
How is your apostolate going? " What apostolic activity are
you involved in these days"? "We need more apostles
to get our project off the ground!"
This word is
really at the core of what Regnum Christi is all
about. It is important to understand that there is a
HUGE difference between a volunteer and an apostle. Volunteers are
important and help out in various projects as needed. Apostles
live, breath eat and sleep their apostolate. When you join
Regnum Christi you do so because you are in love
with Christ and you want to do all you can
to accomplish great things for Him. You don´t just volunteer
at the school golf outing, you start a school from
scratch and turn it into a premiere Catholic educational institution.
You don´t just attend a bible study group, you develop
a series of classes that teaches the Catholic faith, take
it into parishes and develop it into an international program.
You don´t just volunteer to drive your teen-ager to catechism
class once a week. You develop a series of boys
clubs and girls clubs that make the Catholic faith an
integral part of all interested teenagers´ lives.
Before I joined Regnum
Christi I was a pretty good volunteer. I was involved
in a lot of stuff with various church related activities.
But I was missing the secret formula. Actually, it isn´t
much of a secret but we all tend to forget
it very easily. That formula is P + T +
HW = R.
The P stands for prayer. The T stands
for trust in God. The HW stands for hard work
and the R stands for results. The secret is that
unless you have all of the P,T and HW you
will not get the maximum amount of results. True Regnum
Christi members understand this. That is why you will rarely
see a depressed member of the Movement. They always have
a peaceful countenance despite things going on at a hundred
miles an hour around them. That is because they know
if they follow the formula, they are following God´s will
and things will happen.
This has meant all the difference in
the world for me. I was too busy volunteering to
bring God into the equation. I had the HW part
of the equation down pat but was missing the P
& T. And I couldn´t figure out why I would
often get discouraged in my volunteerism and wasn´t getting the
results that I should have. I wanted to do great
things for Christ but I wasn´t getting anywhere.
Regnum Christi has
taught me that prayer and trust in God are the
2 most important things to remember. Jesus tells us over
and over again that if we had the faith of
mustard seed we could move mountains. He tells us to
ask anything of our heavenly Father and he will grant
it to us. Yet we rarely really believe Him. The
first apostles believed Him.. they were simple uneducated fishermen and
they changed the world. Read the life of any saint
and you will see the same thing.. people who had
no business accomplishing anything moved mountains because they prayed, trusted
in God and worked hard.
Every day I see things
here in the Twin Cities being accomplished. FAMILIA continues to
expand, the retreat center is having an impact on people´s
lives on a daily basis, the clubs are changing the
ways teenagers live their faith, vocations are being fostered and
our school is buying land to build its own building.
can these things happen? The people of Regnum Christi are
just like anyone else. They aren´t supermen or superwomen. But
they have found the secret to success.
Sometimes I forget
the formula and fall back into my old ways. I
get lazy about the prayer or I start thinking again
how I can accomplish plenty without the spiritual side. The
great thing about the Movement is that you continually are
inspired by other Regnum Christi people around you. And
the Legion priests are always available for encouragement and spiritual
direction. They are also there to provide a swift kick
in tthe pants when it is needed. The Movement is
always there to help me remember that without the formula,
nothing gets accomplished.
Now I don´t want to under emphasize the
HW piece of the formula. In fact since joining the
Movement I probably work harder than ever in apostolic activities.
The prayer and trust make us more effective. Nothing happens,
however without the hard work. But you know, all the
other stuff I used to spend a lot of time
on, don´t seem as important as they used to. Regnum
Christi has shown me that if I am not working
somehow for Christ, I am probably wasting my time. So
we all work harder, but because of the prayer and
trust, we really don´t mind.
I think that is because we
know we are on a winning team. Christ is the
ultimate winner and it is fun being on a winning
team. You just don´t mind the sacrifice when you know
you will win.