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 2013-01-16
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Jesus at Prayer
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Father Paul Campbell, LC
As soon as they left the synagogue, they
entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James
and John. Now Simon´s mother-in-law was in bed with a
fever, and they told him about her at once.
He came and took her by the hand and lifted
her up. Then the fever left her, and she
began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they
brought to him all who were sick or possessed with
demons. And the whole city was gathered around the
door. And he cured many who were sick with
various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would
not permit the demons to speak, because they knew
him. In the morning, while it was still very
dark, he got up and went out to a deserted
place, and there he prayed and Simon and his
companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said
to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered,
"Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so
that I may proclaim the message there also; for that
is what I came out to do." And he
went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues
and casting out demons.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank
you for this time we will spend together. I wish
to step away from the world and all its
activities to be alone with you now. You are my
beginning and my end: you created me, and you
are leading me home to you in heaven. Thank you
for your love. I know I deserve nothing from
you and that my sins compound my unworthiness, yet
you would still enfold me in your unfathomable love.
Petition: Lord, increase my love for prayer and
the interior life.
1. A Man for Others:
Here is Jesus in action. He works tirelessly from
morning to night. He never thinks of himself. He
never says he’s too tired or too busy to serve
someone or to give others part of his time.
He is there for everyone, and he keeps pushing himself
to do more and more. He loves, and his
love compels him to give himself to everyone around
him without counting the cost. The whole city gathers to
see him, and he opens his heart to all.
He teaches. He heals the sick. He casts out
demons. He is a man for others.
A Man of Prayer: After a full day of
work, Jesus rested for just a little while, and then
he rose early for prayer. There was a balance
between his apostolic work and his life of prayer.
Jesus wasn’t too busy to seek the solitude necessary to
speak heart-to-heart with his Father. He found strength in
prayer. He strengthened his resolve to follow his Father’s
plan in prayer. He was absorbed in prayer for so
long that the others began to go in search
of him. Prayer wasn’t just a one-time activity: it
was part of his daily routine.
Is Searching for Him: “Everyone is searching for you,”
they said when they found Christ. They expressed the desire
of every person. We all need God. He is
the deepest desire of the human heart. God is
searching for us, too. Jesus gets up from his prayer
and heads out to the next town. We are
searching for Christ, and he is searching for us. Where
do we meet him? In prayer. In prayer we
speak heart-to-heart with the one whom we know loves
us. In prayer we can speak about the things that
are important to us and about those things that
are most important to him. This vital encounter gives
light and strength to every other encounter we will have
during the rest of the day. Through prayer, our
love for others is enkindled so that we can
spend ourselves tirelessly for others as Jesus did. Through prayer,
we can be a men and women for others.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to
put you first in my life by giving you the
best of my time. Help me not to give
into laziness, but to rise early in the morning
so that I can be with you. I need you
in my life. Help me to experience your love
so that I can share it with others. Help me
to give myself to your plan of salvation and
to reach out to those who are searching for you.
Help me to hunger for you alone so that
you will satisfy my hunger.
I will invoke Our Lord in short and simple
prayers throughout today, telling him I love him and
asking for the grace of a greater intimacy with him
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