Thy Kingdom Come!
Translated from the Original Spanish
Rome, November 11, 2013
Dear Regnum Christi members:
pleasure to be able to greet all of you
as we approach several important moments in the history of
our Regnum Christi family: namely, the celebration of the
General Assemblies of the consecrated men and women, and
the General Chapter of the Legion of Christ.
the last several years we have been journeying with
the guidance of our Pontifical Delegate in order to
renew our Statutes and Constitutions, but above all in order
to better understand and purify the charism God has
given us. This is not something that concludes with
the celebration of the assemblies or the chapter. We are
pilgrims in this world, and therefore we are also
pilgrims in fulfilling God’s plan for us: our arrival
point is heaven. It’s necessary for all of us to
continue delving deeper into the call of our Lord
inviting us to Regnum Christi, and into the experience
of his love, which was what attracted us to
him and awakened the desire to help many others experience
this same love. And based on that, we felt ourselves
called to an ever-deeper discovery of how to live
this mission wherever we might be.
March, with the help of God, we will have
new legislative texts and new organizational structures, but this
is not what will embody the charism in our life
and mission. Renewal does not stem from a new
law; it flows from a new heart, and this must
continue to be our focus. The organizational structures that
will be approved will have a provisional character. It
is still necessary that everyone participate in the process
already initiated for the revision of the Statutes of
the first and second degree of Regnum Christi, and
the elaboration of the General Statutes. This will be possible
if an authentic communion - a gift of the
Holy Spirit - reigns among us.
With this exciting reality
in mind, we would like to invite everyone to
a particular spiritual unity these next few months: to
be “of one heart and mind” (Acts 4:32),since this moment
of our history is reminiscent of the beginnings of
the Church, when the apostles were awaiting the Holy
Spirit, gathered together in prayer along with Mary and
the other women. We are well aware that God is
the one who must act, because we are all
quite small and limited, and that it is the Gift
from on high that will bring us into the
Specifically, we want to propose
- To pray the attached prayer every day from now
until the end of the chapter, whenever possible in
our community or our team. Christ himself is the
one who invited us to pray without ceasing (cf. Luke
18:1). Let’s pray as a family.
- That the different
localities try to find a time of adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament for all the different branches of Regnum
Christi, to intercede for the representatives to the assemblies
and the chapter so that they will be able to
listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and
keep their eyes fixed on the gift of God.
Below are the dates of the upcoming moments of
- General Assembly of the Consecrated Men: November 25
to December 1.
- General Assembly of the Consecrated Women: December 2
to December 15.
- General Chapter of the Legion of Christ:
January 8 to the end of February.
providential that the assemblies and the chapter, with their
outpouring of the Holy Spirit, will begin the day
after the Solemnity of Christ the King; in this manner,
he wants to assure us of his presence among
us. Let’s ask that He alone may reign and
triumph.With the occasion of this feast we want to invite
everyone to pray together the novena that we have
traditionally prayed, as found in the attached text.
1925 Pope Pius XI wrote the Encyclical Letter Quas
Primas to institute the solemnity of Christ the King
in the Church.In the letter, the Holy Father stated:
“Therefore, with our apostolic authority, we institute the feast
of Christ the King… We further ordain that every year
on this day the consecration of all mankind to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus shall be renewed.”
we feel called to delve deeper into the treasure
of our spirituality, we thought we should make the
most of this occasion to consecrate ourselves to the Heart
of Christ the King. We have attached a prayer
that can help everyone to be united in this
act, which has both a personal and a family significance.
In our letter of May 28, 2013 we
asked “Let us beg the Lord to grant us a
new outpouring of the Holy Spirit that transforms, heals,
and renews our hearts, as he did at Pentecost.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary accompany us, as she accompanied
the apostles, in the spiritual preparation we are undertaking
and help us to remain united in prayer, in
charity, and in truth, so that we can all generously
dedicate ourselves to the mission to extend her Son’s
Kingdom throughout the world.” May we continue this spiritual
preparation with the same intention.
assurance of our prayers, we remain yours in the
heart of Christ,
Fr. Sylvester Heereman, L.C.
Gloria Rodríguez Jorge López