|Rachel Peach at the Mass to renew her temporary promises as a Regnum Christi consecrated woman.|
Following is a testimony from Rachel Peach, who is studying
at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, and in
preparation for her apostolate in the consecrated life in Regnum Christi.
August 18, 2013, I renewed my temporary promises of poverty,
chastity, and obedience within Regnum Christi consecrated life. When I
was consecrated in 2010, I didn’t know I’d ever have
this opportunity. That was before we started renewing our temporary
promises a second time, between our first and final promises,
something which only began this year.
Adding this step has lengthened
our formation and discernment process, and I see it as
a good thing. It takes time to discern a vocational
call, and having more time creates more space for a
deep, thorough discernment.
Before, Regnum Christi consecrated made their final
promises (solemn renewal) a short two years after their initial
promises. After recommended changes by the Church, the time between
first and final promises has become, at a minimum, 6
Now, young women discerning consecrated life in Regnum Christi live
2 years in the initial stage of the formation process
before getting consecrated and making their first temporary promises of
poverty and chastity and obedience. For those who feel identified
with the call and lifestyle and want to continue a
deeper discernment and living of the evangelical counsels, after those
first three years, they can renew their temporary promises for
another three years. This is what I just did.
next years before my solemn renewal, I will finish my
degree at Mater Ecclesiae College and then begin a period
of internership/initial apostolic work. Depending on where I am sent,
I will be working in a school, parish, or within a
Regnum Christi apostolate, with an assigned mentor to help me
transition into working full-time in the apostolate. This will give
me the chance to live my consecration and our apostolic
charism outside the formation center.
So, God willing, at the
end of three years, or maybe even four, depending on
my readiness, I’ll make my final (perpetual) promises of poverty,
chastity, and obedience!
Since this process is something new, the
members of the senior class here at Mater Ecclesiae College
had the option of either making their second temporary promises
this summer or waiting until the end of the year.
So, I could have waited another year - until after
graduation and before leaving for my new destination. But really,
something inside wouldn’t let me wait.
|Rachel and her RC consecrated sisters sing God's praises.|
When given the option
of waiting or renewing my temporary promises, I felt a
burning desire to reaffirm my “yes” to Jesus Christ, in
a public way, before my community, my directors, and my
parents. When I looked deep inside my heart and asked,
“What do you want, Lord?” a profound peace and joy
flooded my heart. I realized that over the past years,
He had been leading me towards this next step in
following Him. If this was the way and time He
was asking me to re-entrust my heart and life to
Him, of course I’d take the leap!
“The love of Christ
impels me” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:14) sums up my decision
and preparation for renewing my temporary promises. My inner desire
to respond to God in a total, free way within
Regnum Christi consecrated life testifies to the renewal He is
working within the Movement. My consecration – my belonging to
God – is the source of great joy and enthusiasm.
I am happy to be here, and I am proud
to be part of Regnum Christi.
God is here. The
renewal is real. I’m proof of that.
to see Rachel’s photo journal of her summer apostolate work
in Rhode Island and other states, including Indiana, Illinois and