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 2015-10-04
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The Loving Hand of God’s Providence
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
October 4, 2015. Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Barry O´Toole, LC
The Pharisees approached Jesus and
asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his
wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in
reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted
him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your
hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning
of creation, God made them male and female. For this
reason a man shall leave his father and mother and
be joined to his wife, and the two shall become
one flesh. So they are no longer two but one
flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being
must separate." In the house the disciples again questioned him
about this. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife
and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she
divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." And
people were bringing children to him that he might touch
them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this
he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children
come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom
of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say
to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God
like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced
them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and
yet you wish to listen to me and guide me.
You know all things past, present and future, and yet
you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you
are completely happy and fulfilled on you own, and yet
you have generously brought us into existence. You are our
fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer
the littleness of myself in return, knowing you are pleased
with what I have to give.
Petition: Loving Father, help me
to be open to your message today.
- Man Puts God
to the Test: In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees put Christ
to the test and call God’s plan into question. How
brutally proud we can sometimes become in our relationship with
God! Who are we to test God? The Book of
Job reminds us that when we test God, it is
we who end up being sifted like wheat: “Who is
this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance? Gird
up your loins now, like a man; I will question
you, and you tell me the answers” (Job 38:1-2)! We
can only answer wisely by repeating Job’s response: “Behold, I
am of little account; what can I answer you? I
put my hand over my mouth. Though I have spoken
once, I will not do so again; though twice, I
will do so no more (Job 40: 4-5). Do I
sometimes question God’s providence by complaining, “Lord, why do you
make me suffer?”
- Asking Again for Good Measure: The
disciples listened to Jesus’ reply about marriage and wondered. They
were far more open than the Pharisees to Our Lord’s
message, but this point is hard for the disciples to
swallow as well. The second time around, Jesus reaffirms his
same answer. Whoever divorces and remarries commits adultery. This passage
reminds us that the Church bases her teachings on Christ’s
own teachings. The Church is the means by which his
demanding message reaches us without being watered down. Do I
know and value the teaching of the Church as the
guardian of Christ’s own words? Do I loyally defend her
- Becoming Like Children: What Jesus likes so much
about children is their sincerity, simplicity and purity. Instead of
doubting or questioning God’s providence, they joyfully accept everything with
a simple trust. Do I have these same attitudes in
my dealings with my heavenly Father? Have I learned to
discover the loving hand of his providence in every event
and circumstance of my life? Do I thank him for
all of the graces he lavishes upon me every day?
Perhaps I have a long path to walk before I
achieve this spiritual childhood.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, today I want
to be more humble by not setting myself up as
a judge of your decisions, but by simply accepting all
the circumstances you have permitted throughout my life. Please, walk
with me throughout this journey and protect me from the
enemies that might besiege me. I want only to be
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