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 2013-01-26
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Through the Eyes of Faith
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops
Father Walter Schu, LC
came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd
gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out
to seize him, for they said, “He is out of
Introductory Prayer: Another
week has passed in your company, in your service.
What a joy, what an honor, what a glory
to be the subject of a king like you! Lord,
I know that you make all things new and
that through this moment of prayer you can give me
new vision of faith to see you more clearly.
Petition: Lord, help me to strive
to be a source of happiness for others.
Home life for Jesus Christ:We know that Jesus
made his home in Capernaum. (“And leaving Nazareth he went
and dwelt in Capernaum” Mt. 4:13.) Today’s short Gospel
passage indicates that Our Lord did not find rest
at home. From all over, the great crowds to whom
he has been preaching have followed him to his
doorstep. When we return home from a hard day’s work,
we likely seek a well-deserved rest, but perhaps a
spouse and children wait for us there. They need
to be shown our love, which involves our time, service,
compassion, and support. Members of our extended family, neighbors,
friends and people in need also look to us
for help and kindness. Those we love and those in
need ought to pull us outside of ourselves, so
that like Christ, we reach out and lovingly serve
them throughout the entire day. When I come home, do
I strive to be a source of happiness and
support for the members of my family, or does my
self-centeredness close me off to the needs of the
2. A Man for Others: “Jesus
was a man for others. Such a crowd gathered around
Jesus and his disciples that they had no time
even to eat. Nothing mattered more to Jesus than feeding
the souls of his neighbor with the nourishment of
his love and his truth, so much so that
he neglected to feed himself. This self-sacrificing attitude permeated
every moment of his earthly existence, culminating in the complete
oblation of his life on the cross at Calvary”
(John Bartunek, LC, The Better Part, p. 375). To what
extent is my desire to serve those around me,
even to the point of sacrifice, the thermometer of my
love for them? Have I ever been accused by
anyone of “madness” because of my dedication to others?
3. Out of His Mind? Some of Jesus’
relatives, whose outlook was all too human, believed that Christ’s
commitment to others was excessive. “The only explanation, they
thought, was that he was out of his mind.
On reading these words of the Gospel, we cannot
help being moved, realizing what Jesus did for love of
us: people even thought him to be mad. Many
saints, following Christ’s example, have been taken for madmen
— but they were mad with love, mad with love
for Jesus Christ” (The Navarre Bible: St. Mark, p.
87). Do I long to love Christ in my heart
and in my life, even to the point of
madness? Is my one great ideal in life to be
a saint — not for my own sake, but
in order to be able to transmit Christ’s love to
those around me, to help bring about his Kingdom
Conversation with Christ: Thank you,
Lord, for the gift of faith. It is a gift
more precious than life itself. Help me to see
others with the eyes of faith, to pour myself out
in loving and serving them, just like you did.
Help me to love you with madness as I serve
each of my brothers and sisters.
Resolution: At the
end of the day, I will pay special attention
to fulfilling the needs and desires of my family
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