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Cardinal Velasio de Paolis’ Words to the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi Members
At the end of the closing mass for the Youth and Family Encounter in Leon, Mexico

palabras del card. velasio paolis

Before concluding this celebration, I permit myself to speak to you a few words in Italian. I would like to know Spanish perfectly so as to be able to speak your beautiful language. First, a word of gratitude to the General Director of the Legionaries and the Regnum Christi Movement.

Second, as the Pontifical Delegate for the Legionaries and for Regnum Christi, I would like to give you a word of encouragement and hope. My presence here manifests a word of confidence on the part of the Holy Father. He named his Delegate for the Legion and for Regnum Christi because he had confidence both in the Legion and in the Regnum Christi Movement. He named his Delegate not to destroy, but to revitalize, discover, and renew the great energies that exist in the Legion and in Regnum Christi.

Not to encourage you to change your vocation, but to remain in your vocation, be it a vocation to the religious priesthood for the Legionaries, or one of consecration and self-giving to the Kingdom of Christ  on the part of the consecrated and of the other members of the Movement.

The Pope has confidence. He has confidence in the capacity of man. He has confidence, above all, in grace. We, as Christians, can see the future with great hope because we believe in the goodness of God that continually renews and regenerates our hearts, and makes us capable of doing our work in a manner ever more great and beautiful. Grace, despite our weakness, allows us to persevere and not be scandalized even by sin, because the grace of the Lord is greater than our misery, our weakness, and even our sin.

The future belongs to the one who perseveres, who has trust, and who continues in his vocation. Let us pray so that all of us may persevere in our Christian vocation; for the Legionaries that they be perseverant in their vocation, for the consecrated souls in the Regnum Christi Movement; and for all the faithful who commit themselves to spread, to give their energies to make others know and love the Lord.

Thank you for your welcome and your kindness.



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