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 2015-05-05
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Danger of Slavery
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 5, 2015. Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
By Father Patrick Langan, LC
John 14: 27-31a
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to
you. Not as the world gives do I give it
to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or
afraid. You heard me tell you, ´I am going away
and I will come back to you.´ If you loved
me, you would rejoice that I am going to the
Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now
I have told you this before it happens, so that
when it happens you may believe. I will no longer
speak much with you, for the ruler of the world
is coming. He has no power over me, but the
world must know that I love the Father and that
I do just as the Father has commanded me."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank
you for granting me the opportunity to be with you.
There are things in life, Lord, that attract me, but
you attract me more. I hope in you, and I
love you. Maybe I don’t really understand what it means
to love, and maybe I don’t love the way I
should, but I do love you.
Petition: Lord, help me always to remember
who I am, where I come from, and where I
- Activism: In today´s culture, many people believe,
almost religiously, that what they do will eventually make them
someone. They believe that from doing flows being, since their
activity defines them. This makes it easy for them to
be exploited. In nineteenth century America, a slave was often
not told his birthday, so he could never really know
who he was. He was just made to work. This
same temptation exists today. Many people work such long hours
— some as a means of escape from difficulties or
responsibilities at home; others for the satisfaction they feel seeing
a job completed; still others, just to earn more money
and to be able to afford a more comfortable life.
However, these are all manifestations of the same slavery.
- My True Identity: With his example,
however, Christ shows us a different way of life, a
way that goes against the current. First I have to
be. Then my doing will flow from my being. Christ
says again and again: I am the Son of my
Father. Now I will act accordingly. When Moses asked God
of the burning bush who he was, he said, “I
AM who AM.”
Who am I? What defines me is my
relationship to God. Just imagine this: I have the privilege
of being a child of God! God has loved me
so much that he has adopted me as his child!
This is something worthwhile. This is who I really am,
and I should act accordingly, as Christ taught me.
- True Peace: Christ´s great peace comes
as a consequence of meditating on and living out who
I really am. When I meditate, I discover that I
am God’s creature. Suddenly, I find the strength to face
reality. Others will be unable to exploit me, and I
will stop exploiting others because I am – and they
are – children of God. My dignity derives from this
fundamental truth: I was created in God’s image and likeness.
I came from God, and he is inviting me to
return to him and be happy with him for all
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I have the bad habit
of focusing on my doing. That is why I am
always anxious. I want to be like you, Lord, seeing
first who I am and letting my activity flow from
that. This will bring me peace. However, Lord, I need
your grace. Help me to live as a true son
Today, I will do two kind acts to someone who
is troubled in order to help them experience God’s love
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