Read this letter in pdf format at this link.
Read the communiqué at this link.
Thy Kingdom Come!
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
the members and friends
of the Regnum Christi Movement
dear friends in Christ:
Today, the solemnity of the Annunciation, offers
me the occasion to send you my warm greetings. We
are celebrating the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son
of God, who wished to take for himself our human
nature to expiate our sins and open for us the
way back to the Father. Mystery of God’s infinite love.
He could have redeemed us by simpler paths, but he
chose to have his Son laid low and humiliated to
show us that if the mystery of iniquity is great,
that of his merciful love is greater still.
are practically on the threshold of Holy Week. Within a
week we will enter the Sacred Triduum to accompany Christ
in his so scandalously incomprehensible “hour.” The “hour of the
powers of darkness” (cf. Lk. 22:53). The hour of his
exaltation on the cross. The hour also, of his triumph
and glorious resurrection.
As we contemplate these ineffable mysteries we discover
a hushed, motherly presence: Mary most holy. In Nazareth, Bethlehem
and on Calvary, Mary is present not as a spectator
but fully immersed, playing an active role in the mystery.
Mary invites us to enter in, like her, accepting the
part Christ wants to assign to us, because we too
This is the context in which I want to
present to you the communiqué that is being released along
with this letter.
1. As you will see, the communiqué is devoted
almost in its entirety to topics that in one way
or another we have been talking back and forward on
for over a year now. We have done so with
some of you individually, and with others in larger meetings
and gatherings. On several occasions I have also made sure
to write to all of you together. We have prayed
together many times. I also know that the Legionaries and
consecrated members who serve you have done their best to
be available to you, and to answer your questions and
concerns as we got a better understanding of what was
It has been a very painful time for everyone, even
traumatic. The sudden uncovering of some facets of our founder’s
life that were so removed from what we lived by
his side, was a totally unexpected surprise for us all.
We were not prepared for it. We all had to
go through a process of gradual assimilation, in many cases
a necessarily slow one, requiring an uncommon store of human
and spiritual resources, which each one has been finding in
prayer, in conversation with Christ in the Eucharist, by staying
close to the Blessed Mother, and in conversations with your
directors, spiritual guide or your section members, family members and
As is natural, in this process of facing the historical
reality and its consequences, each one has followed his own
path depending on his sensitivity, cultural background and spiritual foundation.
And it is just as natural that everyone is not
at the same point. Some, having received a special help
from grace, can say that this is now behind them,
while another will still need time and prayer to finish
processing and give closure to this chapter in their conscience.
We have to be very considerate in respecting and understanding
each one’s individual pace.
2. In recent days, I have been
thinking through all of this with the general counselors and
the territorial directors. Together, we have seen that once we
have all read and assimilated this page in the life
of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, our task
is to take a step forward, individually and as an
institution, to close this chapter of our history and open
a new one.
It is true that we are still awaiting
the results of the apostolic visitation, whose operative phase has
ended. Undoubtedly, our attitude is one of complete openness, and
we will embrace supernaturally and with docility whatever the Holy
Father sees fit to ask of us. But until that
moment comes, which is presumably still some months away, we
want to get moving, so to speak, to set out
again on our way with faith and humility, and throw
ourselves back into working with all our ardor in the
mission the Lord has given to us at the service
of the Church. The attached communiqué, besides what it means
in itself, is also in function of this goal of
3. I think that if we contemplate the Blessed Mother’s
example we will find in her the attitudes that ought
to be ours in this historic time in which it
is our lot to live. From the Annunciation in Nazareth
to the mortal scene on Calvary, we see that Mary’s
soul is filled with theological faith, hope, and love. These
are the three virtues that God asks us to cultivate
intensely. Faith that sheds light on the past. Hope that
arms us with courage for the future. Love that commits
us in the present.
4. Faith that sheds light on the past
many things happened that turned Mary’s life upside down, without
her being able to understand them. Beginning with the angel’s
message itself, passing through countless surprises, setbacks, mishaps and adversities,
and ending in the tragic denouement – foretold certainly, but
nevertheless defying all understanding, so contrary to what you could
reasonably expect would be the destiny of one who was
nothing less than the Son of God. What did she
do? How did she react?
“His mother carefully kept all these
things in her heart” (Lk. 2:51). She meditated on them.
From the angle of faith. She meditated without understanding. She
talked them over with God, not asking for reasons or
explanations. She simply knew that everything was part of his
plan, that he knew what he was doing and why.
That was enough for her, even if she understood nothing.
She meditated on it all, not to lock herself in
fruitless moaning or to give herself to self-pity. It was
to understand God’s plan better. To ask him for the
strength to accept it. And to give herself docilely, humbly,
and joyfully to fulfill it.
On Calvary, at the foot of
the cross: silence and trustful prayer. Once again, she understood
nothing. It was so cruel, so degrading, so impossibly evil.
But though her eyes were fogged with tears and her
mind stunned with confusion, her soul radiated faith. She knew
that God was carrying out his plan. And once again,
she answered, “Yes.” And she went on meditating. She meditated,
believing. She believed, trusting.
I think this is the kind of
faith God is asking of us. Perhaps we will never
come to understand the reason for so many things that
have come to light. Nor why God chose such an
instrument to establish the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.
Why will the Legion and Regnum Christi not be able
to present the figure of its founder like other congregations
and movements? God knows. We have to accept it with
faith. And with faith and humility recognize that, in spite
of such a great mystery, God is wiser than we
are. Once again, his warning is proven true: “My ways
are not your ways” (Is. 55:8).
God asks us for faith
to believe firmly that “all things work for the good
of those who love God” (Rom. 8:28), and therefore, that
he is preparing us for a special outpouring of grace.
We have to trust that he, who has allowed things
to happen this way, is sufficiently good and powerful to
draw greater benefits from them. In part, we already see
them. I am sure we will see many more. The
Catechism teaches us that “In time we can discover that
God in his almighty providence can bring a good from
the consequences of an evil, even a moral evil, caused
by his creatures” and that “from the greatest moral evil
ever committed - the rejection and murder of God´s only
Son, caused by the sins of all men - God,
by his grace that ‘abounded all the more’ (cf. Rom.
5:20), brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ
and our redemption.” At the same time, it warns us
that “but for all that, evil never becomes a good”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 312).
With faith, we must
discover and accept that above all the vicissitudes that shape
our past history, it is divine Providence that is really
guiding our destiny. Faith helps us to truly believe it,
though at times it might seem we are moving in
the wrong direction, though at times our eyes might see
no more than the often clumsy action of human freedom.
In this past year, many factors have determined the course
that the Legion and the Regnum Christi Movement have followed.
One of these factors has been the actions of their
directors. From a human perspective, you might think that they
were more or less appropriate, or inappropriate. As I examine
my own actions, given the responsibility I have, I can
assure you that at all times I have tried to
proceed with greatest purity of intention and maximum prudence. I
have asked the Holy Spirit daily for the gift of
counsel which, as you know, enlightens and perfects the virtue
of prudence. I have used the help of my general
counselors, of many men of the Church, and yours. We
have tried to make every decision and take every step
in the presence of God, trying to discern how Jesus
Christ would act. But I am not infallible. I don’t
know if I got it right. For certain, not in
everything. The other directors also may very well have committed
some mistakes among countless wise actions. But what is without
doubt is that God can write straight with crooked lines.
In spite of the great limitations and defects of his
instruments, God has guided our trajectory in the past, and
he will continue to guide us in the future. Mary’s
faith assures us it is so.
5. Hope that arms us with
courage for the future.
Mary also gives us an example
of hope. She never gave in to the temptation not
to trust. There were terrible moments in which the future
seemed to offer no way out. The angel told her
she would be a mother and virgin, and she was
well aware of the suspicions that this could stir up.
She was told that they had to leave in haste
for Egypt, fleeing from Herod’s hatred; and it is easy
to guess the uncertainty and anxiety that flooded her spirit.
She was told that a sword would pierce her soul
and she must have endured many years under the anxiety
of the prophecy that would be fulfilled. Below her Son’s
cross, she was told of a new, universal motherhood…. But
she learned to place herself time and again in God’s
hands, with limitless hope. And God did not disappoint her
Like the Virgin Mary, we too must look to the
future with great hope in God, letting no storm rob
us of the optimism which is proper to the one
who knows, like St Paul, that nothing can separate us
from the love of Christ and that all is loss
compared to the experience of Christ’s love, which is the
only reason for our existence.
Trust follows faith. If
we truly believe in God, his Providence, his infinite wisdom
and goodness, we cannot but grasp his hand and place
all our trust in him, only in him. Nothing in
the future can make us fear.
Looking to the future with
theological hope means facing it with a deep sense of
responsibility. It is God who willed to bring forth the
Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, so as to give
the Church a group of apostles to humbly and passionately
cooperate in the great mission of evangelization. He is not
going to abandon us. He will not let us down.
All he asks of us is to be holy, consistent,
and responsible, so as not to let down him, the
Church, society and souls.
6. Love that commits us in the present.
did not only believe and hope. Above all, she loved
God. Out of love, she accepted his will at all
times and she gave herself to fulfill it diligently, never
thinking of herself, her comfort, her reputation, or her welfare.
She cared only about loving God and doing his will.
is the commitment God is asking of us too, at
this time. If faith shows us that all things work
for the good of those who love God we have
to love more, we must love without limits. And we
will see how much good God will put into this
world. This is what he asks of us, that we
not limit or dilute our love, that we nourish it
more and more every day in prayer. Let this be
one of our main resolutions: to be prayerful men and
women, people with a deep interior life.
Love moves us to
continue serving the Church. Unselfishly, not for the benefits it
Love moves us to continue making a reality of
the beautiful and fruitful charism that God gave us. Out
of love, we seek to make it bear fruit. Out
of love, we want to share it so that many
others will be spiritually enriched with the gifts that we
have received from him, and we will thus reach the
final goal of our lives: heaven.
Love moves us to continue
walking together, supporting each other, giving our mutual understanding. Out
of love, we seek to strengthen even more our unity
and family spirit, the priceless treasure that gives such peace
and serenity to our communities and teams.
Love moves us to
remain beside all our companions in Regnum Christi, our friends,
families, benefactors, and all those whom God places on our
path, so that we will be for them a Simon
of Cyrene to help them carry their cross as they
7. Dear friends and Regnum Christi members, these thoughts are
the fruit of long and deep reflection done together with
the general counselors and the territorial directors, and I invite
you to take them to Christ who is present in
the Eucharist. There, with our hand in Mary’s, let us
meditate on these things, renew our “yes” – one that
is clearer, more consistent, more long-suffering and also more joyful.
And let us pray that he will grant every one
of us, like Mary, the grace to accept his plans
with luminous faith, to look toward the future with unbreakable
hope, and to commit ourselves to living in charity in
every present moment.
Very united in prayer and in the mission
entrusted to all of us, I remain your affectionate servant
Fr Álvaro Corcuera, LC