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 2015-05-06
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Separated From Christ
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 6, 2015. Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
By Father Patrick Langan, LC
John 15: 1-8
Jesus said to
his disciples: "I am the true vine, and my Father
is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in
me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does
he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are
already pruned because of the word that I spoke to
you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just
as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless
it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless
you remain in me. I am the vine, you are
the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him
will bear much fruit, because without me you can do
nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be
thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather
them and throw them into a fire and they will
be burned. If you remain in me and my words
remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it
will be done for you. By this is my Father
glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
thank you for granting me the opportunity to be with
you. There are things in life, Lord, that attract me,
but you attract me more. I hope in you, and
I love you. Maybe I don’t really understand what it
means to love, and maybe I don’t love the way
I should, but I do love you.
Petition: Lord, help me to grow
in my interior life so I can remain united to
- Forgetfulness of God: Lord, it is so easy
to forget you when life gets busy. It is easy
to forget you when things go well. Almost without realizing
it, I begin to separate myself from the vine. My
prayer time is a good thermometer: When I am separating
myself from the vine, it becomes shorter and shorter until
it almost fades. I go my own way. I forget
to pray. However, it isn’t necessarily a question of eliminating
activities but of doing all of these tasks for God
and in union with him.
Barrenness: If I separate myself from Christ, the vine, and
invest my energies in something else, I know what is
going to happen. I will produce no fruit. This is
my experience; it has already happened. Eventually I will wither
and be thrown out like a dry branch. Lastly, these
withered, old, dried-up branches will be gathered and thrown into
a fire, and they will be burned. There is no
way I can bear fruit if I am separated from
- Abundant Fruit: I
want to produce abundant fruit. I want to help bring
about a change in this world. That is attractive to
me. That means a lot to me. I have tried
different ways, and I know that only united to the
vine can I bear lasting fruits for Christ’s Kingdom. This
is the way I will glorify the Father. In this
meditation, I already sense the sap running back into my
soul. My life will produce fruit for others. Lord, help
me to cling to the vine. Help me to strengthen
that bond of unity. Help my faith and love for
you grow, for you are my all.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, it is easy to trust what I can see,
feel and touch. It is wiser, infinitely wiser to trust
you, even if you are hidden from me for now.
Resolution: At least
three times today I will lift up my thoughts to
offer one of my activities to God.
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