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Fr. Agostino Montan, in charge of the third degree of Regnum Christi, addresses letter to the consecrated women

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Following is the text of the letter from Fr. Agostino Montan to the consecrated women of Regnum Christi.

¡Venga tu Reino!

REGNUM CHRISTI MOVEMENT

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ENCARGADO DEL DELEGADO PONTIFICIO

Prot. E.D.P. 157-2012

Rome, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

To the consecrated women of Regnum Christi

Dear consecrated women of Regnum Christi,

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. I make my own the words of greeting and exhortation with which this Sunday’s Liturgy begins: “With all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.”  To be with the Lord, there where he is for us: let this be the program not only for this week, which is called holy week, but for every instant of our life.

After meeting the consecrated women of Spain and Italy, I am happy to greet the consecrated women who live in communities throughout the world or “in their home.” I encourage all to continue having “one heart and mind” (Acts, 4, 32).

A time rich in commitments awaits us. I want to explain these to you, specifying the content and the main dates. These are matters that were examined and discussed, on March 13, by the Assistants of the territorial Directors for consecrated life. We worked as a prolonged general council with the agenda concerning all the third degree, female branch. I thank the Assistants for their commitment. What follows has also been approved by the Cardinal Delegate and his council.

1. The territorial Assistants have already been given all the necessary material for the consultation for the naming of the “responsible general” (asistente general) and her four counselors: the norms for the consultation, the lists of the consecrated women with the right to vote, the faculties of the “responsible general” and of her council. It could be helpful to read as a community, the faculties attributed to the “responsible general” and her council. The legislation of the Church, rich in experience and realism, recommends, in elections, to abstain from any abuse and, having in mind only God and the good of the institute, to elect those considered in the Lord truly worthy and apt (can. 626). I am confident that the deadlines will be respected (the envelopes with the names should reach the Pontifical Delegate in the month of April, 2012). By mid-May we should have the new general government. Let us accompany this important event with our prayer. Until the naming of the new government, each team of consecrated women, in their encounters of prayer, in the morning or the evening, should recite an Our Father, and Hail Mary and a Glory Be for all the leaders of Regnum Christi.

2. Towards the middle of May, 2012 the new general government and the territorial assistants will meet to program the new pastoral year 2012-2013. On their agenda there will be important issues: guidelines and directives about the formation of the consecrated women, organization of the teams, appointments and responsibilities for the centers of formation and the teams of apostolate. These are themes which the Assistants should deal with beforehand, in the teams and the territories.

3. In the month of May, 2012, the general government will constitute the Commission for the Statutes, indicating the goal and work method. A study will be made of the material sent by the teams in conclusion of the “illuminative phase,” the work of revision will be programmed which will involve all the teams. Let us prepare our heart and mind: hard work awaits us, which will call for each of us to speak for ourselves.

4. Towards the end of 2012 or, in any case, in the month of January, 2013, the central government will begin the consultation for the naming of the “responsables territoriales” (asistente territorial) and of their councils. As of 2013, as is stipulated in the “Reglamento,” the assistants will have their own council which they must use in the exercise of their duty. I remind you that all the appointments made by the Pontifical Delegate are considered temporary and all the consecrated women who have been named in this period, as well as in the previous one, will remain in their positions until the constitution of the new territorial governments. The “Reglamento” includes and regulates the principle that superiors should be constituted for a determined amount of time, without remaining for too long a period uninterruptedly in government office (can. 624 § 1).

5. The Pontifical Delegate and his council have approved the “Reglamento” of the consecrated men and of the consecrated women of the third degree of Regnum Christi. Once it is promulgated by the Cardinal Delegate, it will be up to the general government to establish the modalities of presentation of the “Reglamento” to the centers of formation, the communities and the territories. The “Reglamento” contains norms of life and government of the consecrated men and women of the third degree of Regnum Christi. It is a fundamental text which should be known and put into practice by all.

6. It seems to me that there is now more serene reflection after an initial moment of consternation, regarding the new association Totus Tuus, erected by the Bishop of Santiago, Chile, Mons. Ricardo Ezzati, and entrusted to the pastoral care of Cardinal emeritus Francisco Javier Errázuriz (February 2012). We wish the new association success in fulfilling the goals indicated in the Statutes for the good of its members. In any case, Totus Tuus has nothing to do with Regnum Christi and with its consecrated members. The female branch of the third degree of Regnum Christi has its identity, charism, spirituality and mission defined in its Statutes. Without undoing the links of prayer and friendship, the consecrated women of Regnum Christi, in this precise historic moment, will avoid frequenting or accepting invitations to encounters which could appear to be an expression of ambiguity rather than of identity. The Lord will help us to recover confidence in the means with which he continues to give us a proof of his love and fidelity.

7. Contact will be initiated with the consecrated women who seek a life of more intense prayer and penance, with a contemplative style, within Regnum Christi.

Dear consecrated women, the Sacred Triduum, which we prepare to celebrate is the memorial of the passing from death to life, which the Father accomplished in Jesus. Let us submerge ourselves in this mystery to live the new life of Resurrection and fulfill that adequate renewal which the Church expects of us.

I send my most cordial Easter Greetings to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the members of his council, the Legionaries, the consecrated men and women and all the friends of the great charismatic family of Regnum Christi.

May the Blessing of the Risen One reach all of you.

Fr. Agostino Montan

Person in charge of the third degree of RC

c.c.p. Cardenal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate

Fr. Álvaro Corcuera, L.C., general director

General Council of the Legion of Christ

Territorial Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 


PUBLICATION DATE: 2012-04-05


 
 

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