Rome, Italy – Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S.,
Pontifical Delegate for the Legion of Christ and Regnum
Christi, has published a text containing the essential principles
of the Regnum Christi charism. Cardinal De Paolis
sent the document by means of a letter that
he signed on October 19 and addressed to all
Legionaries and members of Regnum Christi.
contains the elements that shape the common charism
of Regnum Christi: it is inspired by the mystery of
Christ who came to establish the Kingdom of
God with his incarnation, passion, death and resurrection.
This vision is condensed in the phrase, Thy Kingdom
Come! Regnum Christi promotes a powerful and
personal experience of the love of Jesus Christ, and seeks
to make him reign in the hearts of
men and of society.
This document will serve
as a sure reference point for the various
callings that form part of Regnum Christi: the Legionaries
of Christ, men and women who consecrate themselves by
practicing the evangelical counsels, and single and married
lay people. This document expresses the identity they
share and enables them to reflect deeply on how they
can follow Jesus Christ more closely, collaborate with
him in their apostolic work, and thus serve
the Church in the New Evangelization.
does not propose to reinvent the charism of
Regnum Christi; rather, it is an effort to explain,
assimilate, reflect on, and if necessary, purify the charism.
Cardinal De Paolis reminds us in
his letter: “[It is] opportune to remember that
the charism is considered an extraordinary gift from
the Holy Spirit to the Church so that it may
be built up in the diverse historical circumstances
in which it lives. A charism is called a grace
gratis data, given by means of the person called the
founder. But a charism is not to be
identified with the person of the founder, especially not
with his or her holiness or sin. A charism
is a gift made to the Church. The
Church, by means of its legitimate authority, recognizes that a
charism belongs to it… The Holy Father, while
he recognizes this charism [of Regnum Christi], also
requests that it be revised because of the historical circumstances
in which it developed. This is our task.
Not to create new things, but to
revisit that which has been received in order
to arrive at a greater comprehension of it, a deeper
reflection upon it and, if necessary, a purification
With this document as a starting point,
members of Regnum Christi throughout the world will
be able to share experiences, reflect, and make
concrete applications for their pastoral work in their
respective dioceses. As well, they will be able to seek
a closer following of Jesus Christ within their
LETTER FROM CARDINAL DE PAOLIS
+ Cardinal Velasio De Paolis,c.s.
De Paolis´ letter in the original Italian, click here.
PRINCIPLES OF THE REGNUM CHRISTI CHARISM