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 2016-04-29
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Loving to the Extreme
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
April 29, 2016 - Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church
Father Edward Hopkins, LC
Jesus said to his disciples: "This
is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down
one´s life for one´s friends. You are my friends if
you do what I command you. I no longer call
you slaves, because a slave does not know what his
master is doing. I have called you friends, because I
have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who
chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit
that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father
in my name he may give you. This I command
you: love one another."
Introductory Prayer: I believe in you, O
Lord, in your great love for me. You are my
creator and redeemer. I trust in your friendship; I trust
that you will share with me all the insights and
desires to love as you have loved. I love you,
Lord, for you have loved me first. I want to
love you by helping to bring your love and life
Petition: With the love of your heart, inflame my
- A New Commandment: “And can love be commanded?”
Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI poses this very objection in his encyclical,
“Deus Caritas Est.”. Love is not merely a sentiment; it
is an act of will. “God does not demand of
us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing”
(n. 17). We cannot be ordered to “like” someone or
to “fall in love”, but we can “choose to love”
our enemies. More importantly, when we experience God’s love for
us, the joy of being loved leads us to want
to respond to that love. And God has loved us
first: “It was not you who chose me….” We experience
his love for us as an ongoing reality each time
we receive the sacraments, but also each time we reflect
on the fact that he is keeping us in existence.
This personal experience enables us both to understand love and
want to share it.
- Friends Forever: Like love,
friendship is easily misrepresented in today’s world, for it is
more than convenience, mutual tolerance or mutual utility. Friends not
only share love, they share secrets and intimate knowledge. Love
leads “to a community of will and thought” (idem). I
want to know what my friend is thinking and desiring
so that I can share in those thoughts and even
satisfy those desires. “The love-story between God and man consists
in the very fact that this communion of will increases
in a communion of thought and sentiment, and thus our
will and God´s will increasingly coincide: God´s will is no
longer for me an alien will, something imposed on me
from without by the commandments, but it is now my
own will based on the realization that God is in
fact more deeply present to me than I am to
- Chosen to Bear Fruit: Jesus’ commands
are few, but they all have to do with love:
“Do this in memory of me”; “Love one another”; “Love
your enemies”; “Go and make disciples of all nations”, etc.
The essential and urgent nature of this command of love
is linked to the very mission of Christ. We are
chosen and have been appointed to go and love others.
If this love is authentic, grown from the vine of
his love and great in sacrifice, it will bear fruit.
The fruit which lasts, that for which he died, is
an eternal life of friendship with God. What others most
need from me then, is not material goods or consolation,
or even my friendship, but an experience of God’s love
for them, namely, knowledge of Christ. “Seeing with the eyes
of Christ, I can give others much more than their
outward necessities; I can give them the look of love
which they crave” (ibid., n. 18).
Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord
Jesus, grant me a constant, growing desire to live your
commandment of love. Awaken in me an awareness of your
ever-present love in my life. Let this inspire me to
love without measure, without distinction of persons, without fears of
losing all that is less than love.
Resolution: I will choose
to serve someone today, not because I feel the desire
to do so, but for love of Christ.
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