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 2016-02-10
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The Joy of Lent
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
February 10, 2016 - Ash Wednesday
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not
to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see
them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly
Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet
before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and
in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen,
I say to you they have received their reward. But
when you give alms, do not let your left hand
know what your right hand is doing, so that your
almsgiving may be in secret. And your Father who sees
in secret will repay you. When you pray, do not
be like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray
in the synagogues and on street corners so that others
may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have
received their reward. But when you pray, go into your
inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father
in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will
repay you. When you fast, do not look gloomy like
the hypocrites, they neglect their appearance so that they may
appear to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they
have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your
head and wash your face, so that you may not
appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is
hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you know how much I need
you and depend on you. You know my weakness and
my faults. I put all my confidence in your love
and mercy in my daily actions. I hope to learn
to trust more in your power, your promise, and your
grace. Lord, I wish to start this season of Lent
with a sincere desire to grow in love, preparing myself
worthily to celebrate the mysteries of your passion, death and
Petition: Lord, help me learn to change what needs to
change in my life.
- Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving: As we begin
the Lenten season, we are reminded of the need to
make reparation for our sins and be reconciled with God.
Any attempt to build a spiritual life that neglects the
pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is building on sand.
Prayer purifies our intentions and relates all we do to
God. Fasting detaches us from our comfort and from ourselves.
Almsgiving reflects our brotherhood with the poor of Jesus’ family
and reminds us that our true wealth is not in
things, but in the love of God. We all need
to do a reality check on our spiritual lives to
make sure we are committed to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
- Lose the Show: Jesus is severe in criticizing the
hypocrites who parade their works before others to get attention.
Such parades are of no use in pleasing God or
making up for our sins; they only add to our
sinfulness. He encourages us to pray in private, to fast
and give alms in secret, without calling the attention of
others to what we are doing. In this way we
can be sure we are doing all for love of
God and not for love of self. Those who make
an outward show of piety or generosity “have already received
their reward” in this world, and they store up no
treasure in heaven. Let us work silently and discreetly, with
no other intention but pleasing God alone.
- Joyful Sacrifice:
Nothing brings us closer to Christ than walking alongside him
and doing the things he did for love of God
the Father. During Lent, God invites us to purify our
hearts and minds and to turn our intentions back to
him. Christ’s public ministry was lived each day in loving
obedience to the Father’s will. Our Lenten program should reflect
that same simple, yet demanding, obedience and love. What can
I do for God today? What sacrifice can I offer
that will be pleasing to him? Once I decide on
it, I will carry it out with no one else
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, give me the grace to begin
this Lent with great enthusiasm and love. Help me live
it with joy, knowing that I am living it in
your presence to please you and you alone.
Resolution: I will
make a Lenten program of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
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