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 2016-05-01
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Make Me Your Holy Temple
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 1, 2016 - Sixth Sunday of Easter
Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me
will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling
with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep
my words; yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me. I have
told you this while I am with you. The Advocate,
the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my
name -- he will teach you everything and remind you
of all that I told you. Peace I leave with
you; my peace I give to you. Not as the
world gives do I give it to you. Do not
let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me
tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come
back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice
that I am going to the Father; for the Father
is greater than I. And now I have told you
this before it happens, so that when it happens you
Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this prayer I
offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires, decisions, actions,
hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I open my
entire being to you, aware that you know everything already.
I’m certain of your mercy and of the purifying power
of your penetrating, loving gaze.
Petition: May the Blessed Trinity dwell
- How Can God Dwell in My Stony Heart?
We have no writings of Our Lord. The only time
we see Our Lord writing, he was bent over writing
something in the sand with his finger. However, as his
finger traced in the sand, it was also etching into
the hardened hearts of the surrounding crowd. They dropped the
stones with which they intended to kill the adulterous woman.
It is curious how these stones also symbolized the hardness
of their hearts. They dropped them because their hearts had
also softened. In the Old Testament we see Moses coming
down from the mountain with a stone tablet that contained
the written law of God, the Ten Commandants. Christ came
to crush our stony hearts and to write his law
of love there. Christ wants us to give him a
blank slate so that he can write whatever he wants
in our hearts.
- Christ Knows We Need Reassurance: It
is scary when we learn that a loved one will
be leaving us for an undetermined amount of time. We
can think of the soldiers who go off to war
and how hard it must be for their spouses and
children to deal with the loneliness and uncertainties that naturally
arise. Yet the good soldier assures them he will return,
and he is confident that they will be strong and
live upright lives. How hard it must have been for
the apostles when Christ told them he would be leaving
them. They had left everything to follow him, and now
it seemed as if they would be alone. Christ knew
how heavy their hearts were, so he assured the apostles
that he needed to leave in order that he and
the Father could send the Holy Spirit into their hearts.
The Holy Spirit enlightens our hearts too, as he enlightened
the hearts of the apostles.
- We Should Rejoice Because
Christ Is Going Home: Christ is the Prince of Peace.
He sought to uplift the apostles, who were dragged down
by sadness and fear at being left alone in the
world. Christ tells them, and he tells us, that they
should rejoice because he is going home. Christ wants us
to rejoice not only because he is going home to
the Father, but also because if we keep his word,
he and the Father will make their dwelling in us.
Their abode will be in our hearts. He wants us
to trust the Holy Spirit who will give us the
clarity of thought and the strength to live Christ’s teachings
coherently. How open am I to the promptings of the
Holy Spirit within my soul? What keeps me from perceiving
Him within me? Do I need to be more detached
from the goods of this life so my friendship with
my Lord and Creator can grow?
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus,
I want to trust in your word -- in the
working of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Help me
to let go of the anxieties that at times paralyze
my thoughts and actions. I open my heart so that
you, the Blessed Trinity, can dwell within me. This gives
me supernatural joy, a joy that the world cannot give
or take away.
Resolution: I will look to comfort someone who
is lonely, helping him or her to know that you
are always with us.
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