|The Regnum Christi Member Handbook tells us that the only justification for Regnum Christi’s existence “lies in serving the Church and its shepherds, and in serving people from within the Church, rooted in the Church's human and supernatural mission.|
Regnum Christi members celebrate "Regnum Christi Day" on the
liturgical feast of Christ the King.
To mark the occasion, Fr Álvaro
Corcuera, LC, the general director of the Legion of Christ
and Regnum Christi, wrote a letter encouraging all Movement members to
help Christ´s Kingdom come by living out our mission in
the Church, especially by serving our local parishes and dioceses.
At the same time, he reminds us, we can draw
confidence from remembering that we are not alone in our
mission because Christ and his Church are always with us.
pdf version of the letter here.
To the members and friends of
on the occasion of the solemnity of Christ
My very dear friends in Christ,
Following what has now become a custom in Regnum
Christi, I take the opportunity to unite myself in spirit
with you and your families on today’s feast day, as
we seek to bear witness that Christ is truly the
king of our lives and homes. I find it beautiful
to see how generously each one of you is giving
yourself to the mission of making Christ’s Kingdom grow.
over and over to God, from the bottom of our
heart, the words, “Thy Kingdom come!” We pray these words
because we know that the Kingdom is a gift from
God rather than a goal we can reach through our
own efforts. It is beyond our power, but we also
know that he has wished to depend on our cooperation,
and he fashioned his Church, the seed and beginning of
his Kingdom on earth, to be the instrument and way
to achieve the desire that springs from his love (cf.
Lumen Gentium, n. 5; Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos.
768-769). It is against this background that we as Regnum
Christi members find the meaning of our existence and our
Christ’s Kingdom is not an abstract or ill-defined reality. John
Paul II said: “The Church is effectively and concretely at
the service of the Kingdom. This is seen especially in
her preaching, which is a call to conversion. Preaching constitutes
the Church´s first and fundamental way of serving the coming
of the Kingdom in individuals and in human society” (Redemptoris
Missio, n. 20). If Christ is calling us to establish
his Kingdom on this earth, we can ask ourselves where
and how we are to do so. We already know
that the place to start is in our own life:
making Christ reign in our own heart. When all is
said and done, the Kingdom is Christ himself who makes
himself present among men. It is not something that we
do but a reality already present to which we open
But Christ’s sovereignty must not be limited to
our own heart. As Christians we are called to be
real torches of Christ’s love, passing on to every person
the light of faith and hope that Christ gave us.
For each one of us, therefore, “establishing Christ’s Kingdom” must
mean helping those around us to open themselves to Christ
and to allow his grace to work. The best apostolate
will lie in imitating him and letting him take ownership
of our thoughts, words and deeds. We need to ask
for the gift of seeing every event from his perspective
and of always speaking his words, as St. Paul teaches
us: “let what you say be good, edifying and fitting.”
(Eph. 4:29). May all our deeds be drops of love
that fill our neighbor with peace: “Be good, understanding, forgiving
one another as God forgave you in Christ” (Eph. 4:32).
May we be instruments of God’s love for mankind, because
“God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8).
We desire to
live this day with a spirit of reparation and humility,
united to Christ the King, who is rich in mercy.
I want to take advantage of this letter to again
sincerely ask forgiveness from all those who have suffered or
are suffering on account of the sorrowful circumstances we have
lived. God is inviting us to live this time by
intensifying our prayer life, our acts of charity and penitential
spirit, so we can unite ourselves more deeply to Christ
and to our fellow brothers and sisters.
Christi Member Handbook tells us that the only justification for
Regnum Christi’s existence “lies in serving the Church and its
shepherds, and in serving people from within the Church, rooted
in the human and supernatural mission of the Church” (cf.
n. 11). And later on it reminds us: “The service
Regnum Christi renders to the Church and society consists in
forming apostles who will build the civilization of Christian justice
and love” (cf. n. 42). All our apostolates, all our
activities, our whole life is to be focused on this
service. Taking our eyes off this would be to lose
the fundamental orientation that the Regnum Christi Movement ought to
have. We want to keep gratefully contemplating Christ’s action in
the Church. St. John Eudes wrote: “For this reason St.
Paul says that Christ reveals his fullness in the Church
and that all of us contribute to the building up
of the Church and to the degree of Christ’s fullness”
(Treatise of St. John Eudes on the reign of Jesus,
Part 3,4: Opera omnia 1). In this way, we continue
completing in our own flesh what is lacking in Christ’s
Passion in his body, which is the Church.
Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, is one of the
fundamental loves of the Movement member (cf. RCMH, nn. 79-87).
This love is a product of our love for Christ.
If, as St Paul says, “Christ loved the Church and
gave himself up for her,” (Eph. 5:26), then we too
are called to profess and give witness of a similar
love for her in our behavior. I give thanks to
God that the Legion of Christ and the Movement are
right now able to offer many activities and apostolates aimed
at serving our Mother the Church, but above all that
its members strive to serve her through their personal witness
and the unselfish gift of their time and talents. We
know that at every moment we are instruments, channels, bridges
for others to reach Him. God is inviting us to
follow him on the path of humility and purity of
intention, imitating with his grace the witness of St. John
the Baptist: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (Jn.
This is the Year for Priests, and I
invite each Regnum Christi member to stand out for your
“Sense of the Church.” You might say that here we
find the way to define ourselves as Christians committed to
serving Christ. There is great good to be done by
putting all our effort and apostolic initiative into the service
of the local ecclesial community, following the directions of the
bishops and pastors (cf. RCMH, n. 83 and 443).
May all our efforts be focused on transforming hearts
and bringing souls back to Christ and his Mystical Body
through the sacraments. This is why a member of the
Movement owes himself to the Church, and why his apostolate
must consist in building her up so that she can
embrace more people: “Through the Church and in the Church
we receive our faith in Christ, the sacraments that give
us grace, and the fullness of truth about God and
his plans for salvation. Christ gives himself to us by
means of the Church.” (RCMH, n. 152).
fundamental point is certainly a limitless confidence in Christ in
the face of such a great and beautiful mission. We
are not alone. It fills us with hope to read
God’s words to the people he chose and sent to
prepare his Kingdom; it helps us to know that God
is with us, as he was with Abraham (Gen. 21:22),
Isaac (Gen. 26:24), Jacob (Gen. 28:15), Moses (Ex. 3:12), Joshua
(Jos. 1:5) and Gideon (Judg. 6, 16). In the same
way he also reassured King David (1Kings 11:38), and the
prophets Isaiah (Is. 41:10) and Jeremiah (Jer. 1, 8). They
were all men, aware of their own limitations and human
condition. However, they knew how to open their heart to
God’s action. They received a vocation which, humanly speaking, surpassed
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them, and they always proceeded certain that all things came
from God. We as well discover that Christ is the
faithful Friend of our souls. He accompanies us always and
gives us, as a living word, the promise he made
to his apostles after his Resurrection: “I will be with
you always, even to the end of the world” (Mt
28, 20). Christ will always surprise us with his infinite
goodness, and it is in our human condition where he
will accomplish miracles of his love.
We are not
alone because Christ never leaves us. We are not alone
because Regnum Christi is not an isolated reality. We are
part of the great family of God in which the
variety and beauty of paths enriches and encourages us all.
Our movement is only one of so many realities that
God has raised up in the Church as a way
to help us live out our baptismal commitment. And just
as we greatly value and thank God for the richness
of the charism he has given us to place at
the service of the Church, we also appreciate as gifts
from God the other living forces in the Church, in
which we so clearly see the continued action of the
Holy Spirit. We are not alone because we are guided
by our shepherds, our bishops, who are true fathers given
by Christ as successors of his apostles to teach, govern,
and sanctify us. We are not alone because we have
the example and the help of many holy priests and
the witness of many brothers and sisters in the faith,
with whom we form the community of believers.
Let us continue praying for one another so that we
will live each day with greater love for our Catholic
Church and all people who make up Christ’s Body. Heartfelt
thanks for the generous and unselfish way in which you
give yourselves to Christ’s Kingdom. I am sure that God
is not unmoved by what all of you do each
day to proclaim the Gospel. On this day of Christ
the King, let us also entrust ourselves in a special
way to Mary, the mirror of the Church, so that
by contemplating her we will come to understand the greatness
of our vocation. As in Cana, may our life consist
in “doing whatever He tells us” (cf. Jn. 2:5).
I remain your affectionate servant in Christ,
Alvaro Corcuera, LC