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 2016-05-31
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U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 31, 2016 - Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Father Walter Schu, LC
Mary set out and traveled to
the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary´s greeting, the infant leaped in her
womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out
in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you
among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother
of my Lord should come to me? For at the
moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the
infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you
who believed that what was spoken to you by the
Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims
the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God
my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid´s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and
holy is his name. His mercy is from age to
age to those who fear him. He has shown might
with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but
lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with
good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He
has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to
his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his
descendants forever." Mary remained with her about three months and
then returned to her home.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in
your supreme goodness and love. I entrust my entire self
to you with all of my hopes, fears and joys.
Thank you for giving us the gift of yourself in
the Eucharist. Thank you, too, for giving us your own
mother to be our mother during our exile on this
earth and journey home to you in heaven. Here I
am, like her, to do your will.
Petition: Mary, help me
to grow in humility.
- Prompt and Joyful Charity: What has
impelled Mary to undertake her perilous journey not only alone,
but also in haste? An irresistible force was acting within
Mary: the presence of the Holy Spirit overshadowed and filled
her since the moment of the Annunciation. This same Holy
Spirit has filled the heart of Elizabeth at Mary’s greeting
and moved the infant within her womb. What is the
first fruit of the fullness of the Holy Spirit? Joy.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI comments on the relationship of joy
to the truth who is Christ himself: “Jesus Christ, who
is the fullness of truth, attracts to himself the heart
of every man, dilates it, and fills it with joy.
Only the truth is capable of invading the mind and
making it fully joyful. This joy expands the dimensions of
the human spirit, raising it from the anxieties of egoism,
making it capable of authentic love” (Discourse to the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 10, 2005).
- Elizabeth – The Unworthy Host: Elizabeth’s moving question reflects the
one virtue necessary for a person to be invaded by
the Holy Spirit: humility. Elizabeth is profoundly aware of her
own lowliness in the face of a visit from the
mother of her Lord. Mary herself echoes these sentiments of
deep humility throughout her Magnificat. What is the reason her
Creator has done great things for her, so much so
that all generations will call her blessed? It is not
due to any talent or quality she might possess of
herself. There is no magnificent grandeur by which she has
captivated the Almighty. God has simply “looked upon his handmaid’s
lowliness.” Do I rejoice in my own littleness, knowing that
it enables the Holy Spirit to make his dwelling within
me and do great things for Christ with my life?
- The Hymn of God’s Praise: Mary is so filled
with the Holy Spirit that her whole being bursts forth
in a hymn of joy and praise to the Almighty.
Pope Emeritus Benedict reflects on Mary’s joy at the infant
Lord’s presence within her womb: “This is the joy the
heart feels when we kneel to adore Jesus in faith”
(Discourse to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,
February 10, 2005). The joy of Christ, the joy of
the Holy Spirit, gratitude to God for the great things
he has done in us, impels us to bring Our
Lord to others, just as Mary brought him to Elizabeth
even before his birth. As she sings her Magnificat, Mary
does not remain closed within herself, but reflects on what
God has done for her in light of his saving
plan for all his people. May the joy of the
Holy Spirit bring about a new Pentecost that radiates from
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord! The great gift
of your Holy Spirit fills our lives with the unspeakable
joy of your own presence within us. Help me to
respond with haste -- as Mary did -- to the
impulses of charity from the Holy Spirit.
Resolution: I will look
for occasions to speak about Christ with others and do
acts of charity for them with joy and haste, just
as Mary did in the Gospel.
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