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 2015-10-06
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Prayer Is the Lifeblood of My Relationship with Jesus
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
October 6, 2015. Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
By Father James Swanson, LC
Jesus entered a village where
a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had
a sister named Mary, who sat beside the Lord at
his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much
serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not
care that my sister has left me by myself to
do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord
said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious
and worried about many things. There is need of only
one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it
will not be taken from her."
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 you 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, help me to learn how to
- “More Things Are Wrought By Prayer Than This
World Dreams of”: Many good people see prayer as a
weak thing that really doesn’t help. So they put their
effort into doing great projects, into doing as much as
they can to bring about good in the world. This
is a good thing. But prayer is essential. Even if
I manage to involve thousands of others in my project,
I will still not accomplish as much as when I
get God involved. Getting God involved through prayer is the
first and the most important thing to do if we
are going to accomplish anything. As King Arthur says to
Sir Bedivere in Tennyson’s Morte d’Arthur, “More things are wrought
by prayer/ Than this world dreams of.”
- Persevere in
Prayer with Love: Many critics of prayer complain that they
pray a lot, but it doesn’t seem to do any
good. Well, there are a couple of things to say
about that. First of all, there needs to be love
for God in my heart. God needs to be someone
familiar to me, a friend. In asking for a favor,
I expect to get a greater response from someone I
know, someone who is close to me, than from a
stranger. Imagine if there was someone I barely knew, and
the only time I saw him was when he needed
a favor from me. Would I be inclined to give
him what he needs? Second, I need to persevere. Like
the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to cure her daughter,
I have to persevere in prayer when things are difficult.
Her perseverance increased her faith, and in the end it
got her what she wanted. If I persevere in prayer
with love, I will get all that I need.
Cooperate with God’s Plan Instead of Insisting on Your Own:
I need to remember that every prayer has its effect.
How often am I disappointed when I don’t get what
I’m asking for? Am I open enough in my prayer
to let God work as he wants; to follow his
plan and not mine? Do I force him to refuse
my request by making it so narrow that there is
no way to incorporate it into his plan? Even if
I don’t see the results of my prayer, that doesn’t
mean God is not listening. God always rises to the
occasion and will often do something a lot better than
what I wanted him to do. He does what is
best for me, even if it does not entirely conform
to my plan. I may never know or realize –
in this life – the specifics of how God listened
to my prayers. It takes faith to accept this.
Christ: Dear Lord, whatever project I undertake, help me to
remember to start it with prayer, pray while I am
doing it, and finish it with prayer. I want to
be close to you like Mary. I want to serve
you like Martha. Help me to find the right order
and balance in my life.
Resolution: When I consider the biggest
thing I am doing for God today, I will be
sure to ask him in prayer to bless it.
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