|Maria Teresa Delgeon|
My name is María Teresa Delgeon and I am a
twenty-four year old graphic design student at the Finis Terrae
University in Santiago, Chile. I have been a member of
the Regnum Christi Movement for nine years, and I
would like to share with you what the Movement has
done for me in my life.
A number of years
ago I went on an evangelization mission with ten of
my friends in the north of Chile. It was a
wonderful experience: spending time with my friends, getting to know
many other girls who were interested in doing their best
for Christ. I was really impressed with the way the
consecrated women of Regnum Christi treated us. They hardly
knew us and yet they were so attentive and charitable.
Their constant joy and enthusiasm were also deciding factors. I
soon realized that their happiness came from the bottom of
their hearts, from a true friendship with Christ.
mission a young Regnum Christi member invited us to
learn more about the Movement so we began attending different
functions at the Regnum Christi center in Santiago. One
thing that I really liked about the Movement was that
it is demanding: the least I could do for Christ
after having died for me on the Cross is to
be demanding with myself.
Little by little I came to
understand that God had called me to be a part
of this work of his, to be an apostle and
to follow him more closely. I saw that the Movement
was truly a vocation, a charism and a methodology that
was determined to go forward, a call from our Lord
inviting me to have him as the center of my
life. I then saw that my love for Christ should
come to life in works so I began to get
involved in an apostolate. I didn’t think prayer without bringing
Christ to others was the right way to go.
first apostolate was to be the director of a group
of girls in ECYD, a youth version of Regnum
Christi. I don’t know if I did it well or
not but at least I knew that I was doing
something to actively help and support the Church and society.
Having souls under your care is a great responsibility and
an awesome mission and that helped me to realize more
seriously that I had a mission within this world.
I decided to give a year to serve the Church
as a Co-worker in Regnum Christi, totally surrendering myself
to Christ. It was a difficult decision but exciting and
hopeful at the same time because I knew that I
would be giving my all for Christ and forgetting about
myself. It was an incredible experience spiritually and apostolically and
you receive a thousand times more than what you give.
I am so grateful to God and the Movement for
this great work which is bearing so much fruit for
the Church all over the world. I am also grateful
for how demanding it is because that is what the
Church needs to continue spreading the faith and Christian values.
(September 16, 2003)