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 2015-05-24
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The Power of the Spirit
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 24, 2015. Pentecost Sunday
John 20: 19-23
On the evening of that first day of
the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples
were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood
in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with
you." When he had said this, he showed them his
hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw
the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with
you. As the Father has sent me, so I send
you." And when he had said this, he breathed on
them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose
sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you
retain are retained."
Introductory Prayer: Today, Lord, we celebrate the
gift of your Holy Spirit to the Church, which you
won for us through your patient suffering on the cross.
I believe and trust in his power to make me
a better apostle of your Kingdom, to bring fervor where
I have grown tepid, to instill detachment where I have
become too indulgent, and to perfect the innocence of my
baptism, which leaves my soul more pure and worthy to
serve and honor you each day.
Petition: Come Holy Spirit,
fill my heart with your grace and enkindle in me
the fire of your love.
- The Doors Were Locked: What
is it that makes a disciple of Christ stop cold
in the path of conversion and commitment? Cloaked underneath our
spiritual inertia and lack of zeal are not so much
our personal defects or our lack of human virtue as
blindness to the dynamic power of the Crucified and Risen
Lord. We can leave our self-made prisons only by opening
our hearts to a faith in Christ that is total:
total trust (in spite of the confusion of the present
and uncertainty of the future), total hope (by breaking away
from having to see the ideal in ourselves before we
will act), and total divine confidence (in setting aside the
sins of others and our personal failures that keep us
stuck in myopic visions of life). Christ comes through bolted
doors again today to ask us to unlock them with
a real experience of the Risen Lord in the power
of the Spirit.
- Peace Be With You: It is vital
to examine our “peace” and see if it truly speaks
of the peace of the Upper Room. Substitute “satisfaction” for
the word “peace,” and see where our hearts have tried
to find consolation this past week. Then substitute the word
“fulfillment.” This is the peace that Christ brings through the
gifts of the Holy Spirit. Some passing satisfactions are part
of life, and we can be grateful for them. When
we seek them for their own sake, however, we can
easily drown out the life of the Spirit, who comes
to bring us deep peace and fulfillment in life. Pentecost
must convince us above all about prayer and the order
of life that permit us to have constant contact with
sources of grace and divine inspiration.
Conversation with Christ: Oh, Jesus, I will trust more
in the power of your Holy Spirit to change me
than in my own efforts. I will depend on you
in that face-to-face encounter I need to have with you
every day. Let the sources of divine grace become my
true food, and may I move away from feeding my
soul on passing pleasures and vain ambitions. Resolution: This week,
I will write down daily all the lights and inspirations
of the Holy Spirit I receive, and I will try
to act on them with promptness, confidence and generosity.
- Receive the Holy Spirit:
In the sacrament of penance, we are forgiven our sins
through the action of the Holy Spirit, who makes the
actions of Christ present through the priest. We believe that
mercy founds hope and change in our soul. Why, then,
do we not believe that this same grace from the
Holy Spirit can make us heroic saints, victorious in trial,
patient in difficult relationships and more effective as apostles? Christ
assures us that his power will never leave us, so
we have no reason to “slip into neutral” after a
few bad incidents in our life. Rather, the Holy Spirit’s
goal moves us from mercy to transformation into Christ, permitting
us spiritually to carry and reveal his wounds to an
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