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 2015-10-07
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Prayer Has an Important Place in Our Continuing Conversion
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
October 7, 2015. Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
By Father James Swanson, LC
Jesus was praying in a
certain place, and when he had finished, one of his
disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just
as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When
you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom
come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive
us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt
to us, and do not subject us to the final
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the master of the
universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and
guide me. You know all things past, present and future,
and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy
Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own,
and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You
are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself.
I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you
are pleased with what I have to give.
Petition: Lord, teach
me through the “Our Father” to pray more deeply.
Prayers Teach Us the Correct Attitudes to Have towards God:
What better prayer could we devise than a prayer using
the very words Jesus taught us here? Yet the “Our
Father” is a traditional prayer, a prayer with set words,
prone to be recited merely by rote. But in fact,
traditional prayers are an invitation to meditate, set up in
a way that appeals to beginners. In the “Our Father”,
as in all traditional prayers, we repeat phrases that express
the essence of a correct relationship with God. Whether we
already hold these attitudes in our heart or not, the
beauty of traditional prayers is not what we say, but
how we say it. If we pray these words, trying
to make them our own, conforming our heart to the
attitudes they express, then little by little we will form
a Christian heart, a heart that loves the way it
- Traditional Prayers Can Change My Heart and Draw
It to God: When I first turned to the Lord,
I had a lot to work on. Most people do.
I didn’t love the way I should have. I was
flawed in many other ways. One of the things that
helped me was the “Our Father” as well as other
traditional prayers. When we first come to the Lord, we
don’t know how Christians should think, what attitudes a Christian
should hold. When we pray the “Our Father” from the
heart, it helps our heart to change, to become more
Christ-like. It takes only a moment to pray an “Our
Father”, but from time to time, we should meditate on
the words. Say each phrase and repeat it, not moving
on to the next phrase until we feel that we
have really gotten to the bottom of what it is
- Traditional Prayers Fight Off the Attitudes of the World: Our
conversion to Christ is a change of attitudes from those
of the world to those of a Christian. Every day,
the world proposes its attitudes as something good that should
be lived. But often what the world proposes as good
is actually harmful to us. How do we resist? By
constantly repeating to myself and meditating on Christian attitudes. This
is what can happen in using traditional prayers. It is
a way of helping our heart understand and embrace the
Christianity we profess. The Christian who disdains traditional prayers is
rejecting a powerful tool of conversion.
Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus,
too often I rattle off my prayers without thinking about
the attitudes they contain. I want to get the full
benefit of all the prayers I say every day. I
want to pray these prayers more often, especially the “Our
Father,” since it is the prayer that you, yourself, taught
Resolution: Today I will pray my traditional prayers with special
attention and with the conviction that they will instruct me
and change me in a way that leads me closer
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