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Consecrated Men in Regnum Christi
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Giving everything for Christ as consecrated lay missionaries

Jóvenes consagrados del Regnum Christi al servicio de la Iglesia 3

Many Regnum Christi members experience that Christ has changed their lives. This leads them to ask, “How can I live this new life in Christ to the full?  What might God want of me, now that this Ecclesial Movement has opened my eyes to a marvelous horizon?” As God pours out his love on us, he provokes in us a greater desire to love and to give ourselves. He calls some to give themselves totally.

Regnum Christi is a Catholic missionary spirituality committed to establishing the Kingdom of Christ in the world by two means: promoting the holiness of its members in the individual state of life to which each one is called, and their apostolic action both individual and organized. “Love Christ, serve people and build up the Church”. Within this general framework the Movement offers several modalities of commitment, depending on God’s invitation to each individual soul. Consecrated members respond to God’s invitation by giving their lives totally to him, consecrating themselves to him in poverty, chastity and obedience. This form of commitment is enshrined it the Statutes of the Movement, which were definitively approved by the Holy See in November of 2004.

Beginnings of the lay consecrated
Jóvenes consagrados del Regnum Christi al servicio de la Iglesia 2.
life in the Regnum Christi Movement

In the early 1970s, some of the first Regnum Christi members in Madrid and Mexico City felt moved to dedicate their lives totally to God and to apostolic work for his Kingdom. With the passage of time, the first Regnum Christi consecrated members gave their generous answer to God as young university students and professionals working “in the world but not of the world.” They placed their talents at the service of Christ’s Kingdom, working with the Regnum Christi sections and ECYD, carrying out the mission they had received. One of them was a student named Álvaro Corcuera, the General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.

The formation of the consecrated Regnum Christi members

The integral formation of the consecrated Regnum Christi members is focused on their apostolic work and their specific consecrated lifestyle.

The principle areas of formation are the human (formation of one’s conscience, will and character; interpersonal skills, etc.), the intellectual, the apostolic (for a life of service), and the spiritual. The resulting formation is not an arbitrary juxtaposition of independent elements, but forms a harmonic ensemble of which the model and standard is Jesus Christ himself.

Over and above their
Los miembros consagrados realizan una gran variedad de apostolados.
university degree, the ideal is for consecrated members to do post-graduate studies and specialize in a particular profession. This professional formation is complemented with training in basic philosophy and theology.

Lay people totally dedicated to the apostolate

In the Regnum Christi Movement each person has his particular mission to serve the Church and all men. Consecrated members are formed and carry out a wide variety of apostolates in universities, schools, institutions, Regnum Christi sections, the mass media, etc…, totally ready and willing to do whatever is needed of them for the good of the local and universal Church.  As lay people they are able to exercise professions that would not be proper for priests, such as in the business world or public administration. They seek to imbue everything they do with Christ’s charity and to accomplish their apostolic mission according to the charism of Regnum Christi.  Their consecration is a gift that especially equips them for this objective, since it makes them more like Christ.

Regnum Christi consecrated men who at some point discover a call to the priesthood are at liberty to follow this vocation. This does not mean that the lay consecrated life is merely an intermediary step, it is an authentic and complete vocation in itself.  Consecrated laymen and Legionary priests share the same spirituality and total self-giving, but the way in which they live them is different.

If you are interested in learning more about lay consecrated life for men in Regnum Christi, find out some testimonies here or write to: consecratedmen@regnumchristi.org


PUBLICATION DATE: 2006-05-10


 
 


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