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 2015-08-28
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Ready or Not! Love God´s presence
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
August 28, 2015. Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The Kingdom of
heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps
and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them
were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when
taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the
wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the
bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell
asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ´Behold, the bridegroom!
Come out to meet him!´ Then all those virgins got
up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to
the wise, ´Give us some of your oil, for our
lamps are going out.´ But the wise ones replied, ´No,
for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.´
While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast
with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other
virgins came and said, ´Lord, Lord, open the door for
us!´ But he said in reply, ´Amen, I say to
you, I do not know you.´ Therefore, stay awake, for
you know neither the day nor the hour."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
I come to you again in prayer. Even though I
cannot see you, I know through faith that you are
present in my life. I hope in your promise to
be with me. I love you, and I know you
love me. Accept this prayer as a token of my
Petition: Lord, make me long for and strive to enter
the kingdom of heaven.
- A Severe Oil Shortage: The Gospel
invites us to have oil for our lamps, that is,
to be always ready for the coming of the Lord.
He appears in moments and ways we do not expect
and at all times throughout our day. The foolish virgins
failed to anticipate when and how the Lord would come
to them, and they were not prepared. So often we,
too, get caught up in a thousand affairs and worries,
and we can miss what is essential. We miss the
presence of Christ in the people around us, in the
circumstances in which we are living. Sometimes, Christ comes to
us through some sacrifice or suffering; but we do not
recognize him in it, and we reject it. We need
to strengthen our faith and see how the Lord may
appear in our lives.
- The Door Closes: Over and
over in the New Testament, Jesus makes clear that there
is a real possibility some people, due to their own
choices, may not be saved. The most terrible thing that
could happen to any person would be to hear those
words from the Lord who created us and died to
save us: “I do not know you.” The Lord takes
our freedom to choose very seriously. He never forces our
will. He never imposes himself on us. Rather he invites
us to make a free response of love and obedience
to him and the way of life he taught us.
We must choose to remain steadfast in the way of
the Christian life. God cannot save us without our cooperation.
- Stay Awake: Saint Augustine said, “Beware of the grace
of God that passes and does not return.” We need
to perceive God’s presence in the little things of each
day and never let the opportunity to love and serve
him pass us by. Our faith must be ready and
watching for him. If we take him for granted, or
presume that we are already saved, we can miss our
chance to be with him.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, thank you
for teaching us so clearly about the seriousness of our
choices. How terrible it would be to opt for death
instead of eternal life with you! I want to choose
you and your ways, but I am weak. Make me
watch and wait always, ready to see you in all
things and do your will.
Resolution: I will actively look for
signs of Christ in others today.
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