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 2013-01-17
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To Be Free to Love
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Father Paul Campbell, LC
leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said
to him, "If you choose, you can make me
clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand
and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose.
Be made clean!" Immediately the leprosy left him, and
he was made clean. After sternly warning him he
sent him away at once, saying to him, "See that
you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself
to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what
Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." But he went
out and began to proclaim it freely, and to
spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go
into a town openly, but stayed out in the
country; and people came to him from every quarter.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for this time
together. I need you in my life and the
life of my family. It is easy to let activities
overwhelm me so that I lose track of you.
You fade into the distance, and sometimes sin grows closer.
But I know you are always there for me
with your unconditional love. Thank you. I love you
and long to put you first in my life.
Petition: Lord, wash me from my sins
and help me to be detached from them.
1. If You Choose: A leper approaches and falls
before Jesus. “If you choose, you can make me clean.”
This leper couldn’t free himself from his disease any
more than we can free ourselves from our sin.
Leprosy was a fatal disease. It separated a man from
his family and drove him outside his village to
lonely places. Leprosy is a symbol for sin. Sin
separates us from God and from others. We need to
approach Jesus with that same humility and trust we
see in the leper. This story is for us,
to show us Christ’s heart. It reveals his love and
his desire to free us from sin. Am I
convinced of the ugliness of all sin and how it
defaces our souls?
2. I Do Choose: Jesus
chose to heal the leper. Not only did he
heal him, he touched him. He reached out to the
loneliness of that man, and he touched his life
to cure him of the disease. This reveals Christ’s heart
so beautifully. Our sin never drives him away from
us. He is always ready and willing to come
to our aid if only we would cry out for
his help. Am I capable of opening all of
the inner wounds of my sins to Our Lord so
that he can heal me, wash me clean and
make me whole again?
3. Jesus Wants Us
Free: Sin keeps us from being who we were meant
to be. “Everyone who commits sin is a slave
to sin” (John 8:34). Jesus was free from sin and
so was free to love and serve others. He
wasn’t compelled by greed or anger. He wasn’t moved
by pride or impeded by laziness. He was free to
love, and he loved to the extent of dying
on a cross. Sin closes us in on ourselves. We
get absorbed in ourselves and others take the back
seat – or no seat at all. How often do
we say “no” to others and turn a blind
eye to their needs? Isn’t it sin that blinds
us and selfishness that impedes us from loving others as
Christ loves us? Christ can free us from sin
so that we are empowered to love as he loves.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I want
to be free, but I need your help. Without you,
I can do nothing. Help me to trust you
and to turn to you. Don’t let me go off
on my own as if I could keep fighting
without you. Free me to love you. Free me to
will pray Psalm 51 for myself and my loved
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