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 2015-11-29
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Make Ready, the Lord is Coming
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
November 29, 2015. First Sunday of Advent
By Matthew Reinhardt, Consecrated Member of Regnum Christi
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
said to his disciples: "There will be signs in the
sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations
will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the
sea and the waves. People will die of fright in
anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the
powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they
will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud
with power and great glory. But when these signs begin
to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your
redemption is at hand. Beware that your hearts do not
become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of
daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like
a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives
on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all
times and pray that you have the strength to escape
the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the
Son of Man."
Introductory Prayer: Heavenly Father, I gladly spend a
few minutes with you, to be close to you, because
you know how much I need your presence and grace
in my life. You deserve to be the center of
my thoughts and desires; but often I let myself be
taken up by the anxieties of daily life. Sorry Lord,
but at least here I am right now, hungry for
you alone. Today, Lord, I accompany the whole Church as
we begin the Advent Season and begin to prepare for
your coming to earth as a baby on Christmas morning.
Lord, prepare my heart for your coming at Christmas.
World Then and Now: When Christ came to earth 2,000
years ago he encountered a world similar to the one
we live in: far from God and full of anxiety.
The lives of many people of Christ’s time were devoid
of meaning because God had not yet sent his Son
into the world. Today, as then, our world often lives
as if Christ had never come to earth. But hope
is not lost. Christ is our hope! Is my life
full of meaning rooted in Christ’s saving message, or do
I permit worries and selfish desires to choke my spirit?
- Christ Is Coming: Advent and Christmas are all about
Christ coming to earth to give us hope. On that
cold, quiet, star-filled winter’s night in a little, poor cave
in Bethlehem, God was born into our world. The Almighty
came into the world as a small, poor, innocent baby
adored only by his mother and father and some animals.
Yes, this child is the reason for our hope, infinite
hope, because he is an infinite God making an infinite
act of love for us. To permit my soul to
be filled with this quiet, gentle hope, what noise within
my heart first needs to be shut off?
Heart Checkup: Surprises can be pleasant, like an unexpected birthday
party or a successful close on a big business deal.
But they can also be unpleasant, like the pop quiz
given at school or a sudden car accident. Will Christmas
take me by surprise this year? The good news is
that I know that he is coming: less than a
month away. Christ tells us, “Beware that your hearts do
not become drowsy and thus allow that day to catch
you by surprise.” Advent is a time to wake up
to Christ in our life. We need to prepare our
hearts for his coming on Christmas morning so that he
can be received by us with warmth and joy. Christ
is the reason for the season!
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help
me during this Advent Season, which begins today, to see
that the priority in my life is preparing myself and
those around me for a truly “spiritual” Christmas. I know
it is a busy time of year. Help me remain
focused on what is essential -- you being born into
Resolution: I will begin some form of daily Advent
reminder for myself and those I live with so we
can prepare our hearts for Christmas: Advent wreath, Advent calendar,
Jesse Tree etc.
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