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 2015-11-27
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The Kingdom Is Near
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
November 27, 2015. Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
By Father Edward Hopkins, LC
Jesus told his disciples a
parable. "Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and
know that summer is now near; in the same way,
when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom
of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this
generation will not pass away until all these things have
taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
words will not pass away."
Introductory Prayer: Dear Jesus, I believe
in you and in the Kingdom you are building in
and through me. I believe in the value of my
sacrifice and struggles united to yours. I hope to arrive
to heaven when you say it is time. I wish
to spend myself for those I should love the most.
Thy Kingdom come, both now and forever!
- See for Yourselves:
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is responding to the disciples’ anxious
plea for a “when” and a “with what warning” the
end will come (Luke 21:7). He tells them some signs
that will precede the imminent fall of Jerusalem as well
as the coming of the Son of Man “on the
clouds.” But these will all be very apparent, like the
coming of summer. So don’t be obsessed with figuring out
the “when.” Focus on living and knowing the Kingdom of
God now. How easily we are distracted with all that
happens around us, yet how difficult it is to be
aware of the Kingdom and its demands in my heart
and my relations to others in my life! What efforts
do I make to discover and to know the present
demands of his Kingdom in my life?
- The Kingdom
of God Will Come: Jesus has used many images to
describe the Kingdom of God. Like the mustard seed, it
is hard to recognize at first. It begins small and
grows slowly. But it will come, and this must be
our daily prayer of desire: “Thy Kingdom Come!” We must
resist a very real temptation. Almost unconsciously we want it
to be a worldly Kingdom that will come during our
lifetime. We work and pray as though we will soon
arrive at our goals and rest from all our spiritual
labors. This leads us to get easily discouraged at our
lack of progress in prayer and virtue, no less than
with the problems that surround us. No, we must live
with hope, pushing forward with growing confidence that the Lord
will bring his Kingdom to fulfillment, both in us and
in the world – when the time is right. Whose
kingdom am I seeking?
- My Words Will Not Pass
Away: Another temptation in awaiting the Kingdom is to despair
of the times of trial through which we must pass.
But in the words of St. Theresa of Jesus, “all
things pass,” only God remains. Nothing we suffer will remain
as the Kingdom approaches. And yet all these “trials” are
the most valuable and powerful means to bring about the
Kingdom in our own souls and in the lives of
others, especially in those who wander. Use the tools of
the Kingdom: Suffer trials with faith, and respond with a
love that gives them an eternal value. May we never
lose a moment in which to merit graces and to
build the Kingdom that comes. In the end, only what
we have done for God and for our brothers and
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, give me a greater
faith and confidence that every cross and burden, no matter
how trivial or small, is a means to love. I
want to build your Kingdom with you. Keep me focused
on the opportunities and demands of the present moment.
will make one small sacrifice at a meal today for
someone I wish I could help more.
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