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 2016-02-09
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U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
February 9, 2016 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had
come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they observed that some
of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is,
unwashed, hands. [For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the
tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are
many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification
of cups and jugs and kettles (and beds).] So the
Pharisees and scribes questioned him, "Why do your disciples not
follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a
meal with unclean hands?" He responded, "Well did Isaiah prophesy
about you hypocrites, as it is written: ´This people honors
me with their lips, but their hearts are far from
me; In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines
human precepts.´ You disregard God´s commandment but cling to human
tradition." He went on to say, "How well you have
set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold
your tradition! For Moses said, ´Honor your father and your
mother,´ and ´Whoever curses father or mother shall die.´ Yet
you say, ´If a person says to father or mother,
"Any support you might have had from me is qorban"´
(meaning, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing
more for his father or mother. You nullify the word
of God in favor of your tradition that you have
handed on. And you do many such things."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
thank you for your Gospel and for all the truth
it teaches me. Thank you for warning me of attitudes
and dispositions that could become temptations for me. I love
you for your goodness and mercy, and I entrust myself
into your loving hands.
Petition: Lord, help me to serve you
sincerely, in truth and in love.
- “This people honors me
only with lip service, while their hearts are far from
me.” Jesus calls his disciples to authenticity. Too often so-called
disciples give the impression of following him, while at the
same time accepting sensual loves and lusts in their heart.
Although the Pharisees display the outward trappings of holiness, the
way they treat Jesus and others betrays their true character.
Jesus would call them “whitewashed tombs” (Matthew 15:27): clean and
bright on the outside, but full of dead men’s bones
within. Self-righteousness would be their downfall. Such dispositions may lend
the proud man certain short-term security, but it will always
be illusory since it is not rooted in the truth.
Is there any way in which I also pay tribute
to God with my lips but say something else in
my heart, or behave contrariwise in my actions.
worship they offer me is worthless.” True worship begins with
humility, when the soul recognizes that it possesses no good
in and of itself, but that all of its goodness
comes from God. The Pharisees offered no real worship to
God since, in effect, they worshipped only themselves by relying
more on their talents and goodness than on the goodness
that comes from God. It is not insignificant that when
Jesus describes a Pharisee’s prayer in the parable of the
Pharisee and the tax collector, he says “The Pharisee prayed
this prayer to himself” (Luke 18:11). How can I make
sure that my prayer is truly devoted, meaning that I
am addressing Our Lord with the words of my heart?
- "You make God’s word null and void.” The Pharisees
used the talents and gifts God had given them not
for God’s glory, but for their own personal gain, whether
that gain consisted of praise and admiration or personal comfort
and ease. True worship of God, truly placing God above
all else, involves using the things God created as means
to reaching him. As number 226 of the Catechism of
the Catholic Church states, “It means making good use of
created things: faith in God, the only One, leads us
to use everything that is not God only insofar as
it brings us closer to him, and to detach ourselves
from it insofar as it turns us away from him:
Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances
me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything
that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God,
detach me from myself to give my all to you.”
with Christ: Lord, thank you for my life and all
the good things you have given me. Help me to
realize that you have created everything and that all I
have is from you. May I use all I have
to serve others and as a means to come closer
to you, the source of all good.
Resolution: I will examine
my conscience to see if I am using any of
my gifts and talents to glorify or serve only myself.
If so, I’ll strive to put these same gifts at
the service of God.
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