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 2015-11-28
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U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
November 28, 2015. Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
By Father Edward Hopkins, LC
Jesus said to his disciples:
"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."
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.
Petition: Rouse my heart, Lord, to live
- Drowsy Hearts: Our life is a time of
preparation, not only for an eternal friendship with God, but
for the “assault” of the “tribulations” that must come first.
The spiritual battle is real, whether or not we are
aware of it, whether or not we want it. We
fight each day and in many ways, but the battle
is ultimately won in the depths of our hearts. All
that puts our hearts to sleep and gives us a
false sense of security must be avoided. I may not
“carouse and get drunk” in the typical fashion, but do
I wander about seeking satisfaction from the world? Am I
superficial in my judgments? Do I become so engrossed and
absorbed in material matters, works and worries that I am
unable to pursue my spiritual life and vocation with a
clear and focused attention?
- That Day: It seems that
none of us will escape the trial of that last
day. For some it will be sudden and painful, for
others it will be prolonged and difficult. But we are
all mortal creatures. The great saints all lived with their
end in mind. Death was a healthy meditation that moved
them to live the present day to the full. Death
is the door to my real life. The anticipation of
that day need not rob us of joy; rather, it
must call us to love. How I live this day
determines how I will live “that day” and the everlasting
day of eternal life with God. How do I want
to live that day?
- Vigilance and Prayer: This is
how Jesus invited his closest friends, the apostles, to live
“that day” of his Passion: “Watch and pray that you
may not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). The final words
of the Our Father must find resonance with how we
live. Vigilance requires awareness not only of the enemies and
threats that surround us, but also of the weaknesses within
us. These elements are at work each day, and so
we must be on guard each day to check their
influence. This must be the simple and serene priority in
our life. But it must always lead us to Christ,
to stand before him sincerely and trustingly in prayer. Prayer
and vigilance lead to each other. If we do not
make prayer the air we breathe, we will suffocate in
a polluted world. How much importance am I giving to
my habits and life of prayer?
Conversation with Christ: Grant me,
dear Jesus, a sense of urgency. Wake me up from
any drowsiness or spiritual carelessness. Allow me to see both
the threats and opportunities for my life of grace. Keep
before my eyes the real meaning of my life and
the limited time I have to conquer and to grow
Resolution: I will pray today for the soul in
purgatory who was most distracted or least prepared for “that
day” of his death.
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