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 2015-05-22
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Love Demands a Loving Response
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 22, 2015. Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter.
By Father Walter Schu, LC
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and
eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, "Simon,
son of John, do you love me more than these?"
He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I
love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He
then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of
John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes,
Lord, you know that I love you." He said to
him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third
time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter
was distressed that he had said to him a third
time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him,
"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I
say to you, when you were younger, you used to
dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you
grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone
else will dress you and lead you where you do
not want to go." He said this signifying by what
kind of death he would glorify God. And when he
had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in you and all that
you have revealed for our salvation. I hope in you
because of your overflowing mercy. Every single act of yours
on this earth demonstrated your love for us. Your ascent
into heaven before the eyes of the Apostles inspires my
hope of one day joining you there. I love you
and wish you to be the center of my life.
Petition: Lord, help me to respond with love to
your self-giving love.
- “Do You Love Me?” The moment
for which Christ has been preparing ever since his Resurrection
has arrived. He is alone with Peter. Their last encounter
before Jesus’ death was that sad occasion when Christ looked
at Peter, forgiving him after his threefold denial. Now Christ
takes Peter a little apart from the others and gives
him the opportunity to affirm a threefold pledge of his
love. The one, supreme condition for Christ to renew Peter’s
commission to tend his sheep is Peter’s love for his
Master. Love is the one, supreme condition for each of
us who aspires to be an apostle. Peter’s love has
been purified by his betrayal of Christ during the Passion:
It has been chastened and humbled. Now Peter entrusts everything
-- even his love -- into Christ’s hands: “Yes, Lord,
you know that I love you.” Do my failures enable
me to love Christ more, with greater trust?
- “Can Love Be Commanded?” Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI posed a provocative
question in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is
Love). How can Christ demand love from us in order
for us to be his followers, his apostles? In other
words, “Love cannot be commanded; it is ultimately a feeling
that is either there or not, nor can it be
produced by the will” (no. 16). The response to this
apparent quandary is twofold. In the first place, love can
be commanded because it has first been given. “God does
not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are
incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see
and experience his love, and since he has ‘loved us
first,’ love can also blossom as a response within us”
(no. 17). In the second place, “it is clearly revealed
that love is not merely a sentiment. Sentiments come and
go. A sentiment can be a marvelous first spark, but
it is not the fullness of love” (no. 17).
- “Love in Its Most Radical Form” What, then, is
the essence of love, that love which Christ first gave
to us and which he in turn demands of us
as his followers? “It is characteristic of a mature love
that it calls into play all man’s potentialities; it engages
the whole man, so to speak. Contact with the visible
manifestations of God’s love can awaken within us a feeling
of joy born of the experience of being loved. But
this encounter also engages our will and our intellect. Acknowledgment
of the living God is one path towards love, and
the ‘yes’ of our will to his will unites our
intellect, will and sentiments in the all-embracing act of love”
(Deus Caritas Est, no. 17). As Pope John Paul the
Great has phrased it so many times, true love is
the gift of one’s entire self.
Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see, through Pope
Saint John Paul the Great and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, the
meaning of authentic love. Thank you for your limitless love
for me. Your love is the standard to which my
own poor love must rise.
Resolution: I will give
myself to Christ today in acts of love that embrace
my whole person: intellect, will and sentiments.
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