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 2016-02-12
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Time to fast
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
February 12, 2016 - Friday after Ash Wednesday
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why
do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples
do not fast?" Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests
mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The
days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from
them, and then they will fast."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you know
how much I need you and depend on you for
everything. You know my weakness and my faults. I put
all my confidence in your love and mercy. I wish
to trust in your power, your promise, and your grace
every day. Today I intend, with your help, to follow
you along the way of the cross with love and
generosity so as to draw close to you.
Petition: Lord, let
me learn to embrace sacrifice as the way of reparation
- These Are the Days: Jesus said the time
would come when his disciples would fast. Now that the
Lord has returned in glory to the Father, it is
up to us to continue the work of salvation, “what
is lacking in Christ´s afflictions for the sake of his
body, that is, the church” (Colossians 1:24), as St. Paul
says. We join our sacrifice to that of Jesus in
order to imitate him and bring grace to ourselves and
to others. Every Christian life must incorporate a healthy spirit
of sacrifice and self-denial.
- Feel the Hunger: The hunger
we experience when we fast is a symbol of the
deeper spiritual hunger we should feel for God and for
heaven. This world often makes us all too comfortable, and
we easily forget that this is not our true home.
We are pilgrims traveling through a foreign land, far from
our final resting place. Fasting reminds us of the longing
a traveler has to reach his destination safely and finally
to rejoice in being home for good. The true Christian
looks forward with hope toward heaven, where he will rest
with God forever in true happiness. He knows that all
the good things this world offers are only shadows of
the wonderful things God has planned for those who love
him (cf. Romans 8:28).
- Hunger for Souls: From the
cross, Jesus said, “I thirst.” That thirst was for all
people to be reconciled to the Father. It was a
thirst for souls to return to the love of God
and find their way to the heavenly Kingdom. Voluntary sacrifice
and self-denial, if we offer it for the conversion of
the hearts of others, brings them the grace they need
to change and turn back to God. No one can
convert himself, and no one in serious sin can merit
his way to the grace of God. We need to
intercede by means of our personal prayer and sacrifice to
gain others the supernatural grace they need to overcome their
obstacles. The greatest act of charity we can perform and
the greatest joy we can experience is to bring a
soul back to the Lord. How many souls are waiting
for our prayer and sacrifice?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, make me
generous and joyful in sacrifice, knowing that sacrifice unites me
closer to you and wins the grace of conversion for
so many souls you love and for whom you died.
I will choose one person I know who needs God’s
grace and offer all my sacrifices today for them.
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