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.
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Daily Prayer 2013-01-24
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Touching the Lord
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church
Father Walter Schu, LC
withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number
of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing
what he was doing, a large number of people
came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from
beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and
Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat
ready for him because of the crowd, so that they
would not crush him. He had cured many and,
as a result, those who had diseases were pressing
upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits
saw him they would fall down before him and shout,
"You are the Son of God." He warned them
sternly not to make him known.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, this time of prayer should be
everything for me: the moment that I long for,
the food that sustains me, the comfort that strengthens me.
I know that you are at work in me
even when I don’t feel you and don’t even seem
able to perceive your presence. I want to pray
fervently and from the heart, not just with my
Petition: Lord, help me to touch
you in this moment of prayer. Help me to touch
you in the Eucharist so that your presence will
1. Was Jesus
Afraid? In yesterday’s Gospel text, Jesus silenced the Pharisees
in the synagogue. So incensed were they against the
Lord that they began to plot with the Herodians
to kill him. Now Jesus has retreated from the synagogues
to the lakeshore and the open fields. Was Christ
afraid? Was he running from his enemies? Hardly. The
Lord was simply aware that his hour had not yet
come. When it does approach, he will embrace it
by marching resolutely to Jerusalem and his passion and
death. The ones who really are afraid are the demons.
They recognize that God is manifesting his power through
Christ, and they tremble before him. The Son of
God has come to win back what Satan’s lies have
stolen. Does Christ’s power accompanying me in my life
give me the courage I need to confront any
situation as his witness?
2. To Touch
the Lord: In this vivid Gospel scene, the crowds
of stricken humanity clamor around Jesus. Jews and gentiles
journey from the far away regions of Idumea to the
south, and Tyre and Sidon to the north, to
catch a glimpse of the Master, to hear him
speak words that no one has ever spoken before—to touch
him and be healed of their infirmities. Oh, that
we too had lived during the time of Christ in
order to touch him and be cured of our
sadness and selfishness, our heartache and egotism, our loneliness
and lies, and even our physical ailments! Did Christ
love those people who surrounded him by the lakeshore more
than he loves us? No. He enables us to
touch him more easily than they – every time we
receive him in the Eucharist. Then why are we
not yet healed? The disciples once cried out to
Jesus, “Increase our faith!” And he replied, “If you had
faith the size of a mustard seed….”
3. The Person of Christ: Irresistible. How can we
grow in our faith in Christ? How can we,
too, experience the irresistible attraction of his person like the
crowds in Mark’s Gospel did? Nothing fills our life
as much as contemplating the figure of Christ and
perceiving the irresistible power of attraction he exercises through
the centuries. Draw close to him, and in the depths
of your souls contemplate him in all of the
beauty of his human and divine stature. Along with
the Eucharist, it is through prayer that we can come
to touch Christ. Prayer is the most solemn moment
for confessing our love; it is the raison d’être of
our life, the ideal of our apostolate, the nourishment
of our whole existence.
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for letting
me catch a glimpse of who you are through this
meditation. Help me to respond to the attraction of
your person with my whole life and to hold
nothing back from you.
will visit Christ in the Eucharist or make a
spiritual communion to thank him for his love and to
contemplate him in the beauty of his divine and
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