The Regnum Christi Movement offers its members some guidelines of a gospel-based spirituality as an ideal of Christian life. The spiritual path that Regnum Christi members walk mainly consists in knowing, loving, imitating, and proclaiming Christ. This is the path and these are the goals.
Below, we offer some resources that can help nurture the spiritual life of Movement members and of any Christian.
Daily Prayer 2015-10-09
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U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
October 9, 2015. Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
By Father Patrick Butler, LC
When Jesus had driven out
a demon, some of the crowd said, "By the power
of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons."
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from
heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
"Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and
house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided
against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say
that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom
do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will
be your judges. But if it is by the finger
of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom
of God has come upon you. When a strong man
fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But
when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he
takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes
the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an
unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid
regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ´I
shall return to my home from which I came.´ But
upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in
order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that person is worse than
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are omnipotent, all-powerful. For that
reason alone, I ought to ally myself to you. I
believe that you can do all things. I am confident
that you will act in my life. I love you
because even though you are the all-powerful God, you are
humble, having made yourself one like me, so that I
can approach you without being intimidated, with trust.
Petition: Lord Jesus,
your kingdom come in my soul!
- THE Sign from Heaven:
When Jesus casts out a demon from a soul, some
of the bystanders then ask him to perform a sign
from heaven. Jesus is the sign from heaven, the living
presence of God with us. His casting out a demon
already testifies that he can do what no one else
can do. It proves that he is God. However, I
want to fix my eyes on him as the object
of my love, not on the spectacular things that he
does. It is important to look at the Giver, not
the gift he gives.
- The Kingdom of God: There
is combat going on, and the human soul is the
battleground. In this case the man is freed of demonic
possession, and one kingdom has been dispossessed of its conquest.
Another Kingdom is on the move! Light is replacing darkness.
Springtime melts away the winter. This brings joy and warmth
to my soul.
- The Gentle Guest: When the soul
has been freed from the effects of evil, it can
be likened to a tidy house. Jesus chose to clean
the house, the interior dwelling place, of the possessed man.
He will not, by his choice alone, take up the
vacant place in that soul. He very much desires to
be there, but he knocks and wants to be invited
in freely by the homeowner. Once at home in my
heart, Jesus is the strong man whom no one can
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, I am not content
just with being liberated from sin, although that is already
a great gift. I know that you are knocking at
the door of my heart. I ask you to come
in and make my soul your dwelling place. I have
been made to be a dwelling place of the Blessed
Trinity, and I desire that fullness of life.
Resolution: I will
be attentive to the fact that I am a dwelling
of God and look to do what is worthy of
that dignity. Specifically, I will be attentive to the thoughts
that pass through my mind and the words that cross
my lips today.
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