The Regnum Christi Movement offers its members some guidelines of a gospel-based spirituality as an ideal of Christian life. The spiritual path that Regnum Christi members walk mainly consists in knowing, loving, imitating, and proclaiming Christ. This is the path and these are the goals.
Below, we offer some resources that can help nurture the spiritual life of Movement members and of any Christian.
Daily Prayer 2004-11-30
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Marveling with a Childlike Heart
November 30, 2004
St Andrew, apostle
Father John Doyle, LC
rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you
praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you
have hidden these things from the wise and the learned,
you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such
has been your gracious will. All things have been handed
over to me by my Father. No one knows who
the Son is except the Father, and who the Father
is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son
chooses to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in private
he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you
see! For I say to you, many prophets and kings
desired to see what you see, but did not see
it, and to hear what you hear, but did not
Introductory Prayer:Lord help me to turn to you in
this moment of prayer with childlike faith and simplicity. I
really want you to spend this day with you. Help
me to rejoice in you.
Petition:Lord grant me the simplicity of
a child so that I can marvel at your Father’s
1. Rejoice in the Spirit. At times we have a
grim picture of prayer and the spiritual life. We imagine
sour faced monks in dark monasteries bemoaning the evils of
the world. Today on the contrary, Jesus rejoices in the
Holy Spirit’s action at work in the lives of all
people throughout the world. St Theresa of Avila once told
her nuns that a saint who is always sad is
a sad saint. Not every prayer is a call to
rejoicing, but every time we pray, we are called to
realize that our lives are part of a much bigger
picture, one in which God’s triumph is assured. When we
remember that the Holy Spirit is at work in our
lives and that through grace we are already part of
God’s family, what can keep us from rejoicing?
2. What Only
a Child Can See. Over 2,000 years have passed since
Christ walked the earth doing good to all. Still the
reality remains that only someone who has the faith of
a child can perceive God in Jesus. When Jesus rode
into Jerusalem on a donkey it was not the great
ones who acclaimed him as Savior and Messiah but children
and the childlike. Children are capable of great love for
Jesus especially in the Blessed Eucharist. As we continue
to prepare during this Advent season for the Birth of
Jesus let us take time to marvel at the Father’s
work in sending his Son Jesus to save us from
our sins and show us the way to heaven.
Blessed are the Childlike. If God had wanted to reveal
himself publicly with awesome signs of power he could have
done it. The same Jesus who calmed the sea and
walked on the waters could have given in to the
scribes and Pharisees’ declaration that they would believe in him
if only he would come down from the cross. The
leaders of Jesus’ day would have been quite content if
God had come as a mighty king with legions of
angels to liberate their race and overthrow the Romans; however,
for him to come as a small defenseless child born
in a cave did not fit into their plans. When
unexpected events and difficulties arise in my life, am I
capable of seeing the hand of God? Am I
also simple when everything seems to be going my way?
Do I recognize success as God’s gift or do I
think that it is just the result of my hard
work? Blessed are the childlike.
Dialogue with Christ: Christ Jesus I
want to see everything with the wonder of a child.
Allow me to avoid complicating life and to grow in
simplicity and love of you.
Resolution: I will be cordial and
simple with Jesus during my moments of prayer today.
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