New RC Statutes introduce the 5 Dimensions of an RC Member
After 2 years of prayer, discussion and statute revision, the Regnum Christi members elected by their peers to go to the International Convention in Rome completed the task of working through a text that describes the vocation of Lay Members of Regnum Christi. The new statutes are not a strategic plan or mission statement, nor are they a set of goals. Rather they are a portrait in words of what the Holy Spirit has actually been doing in the souls and lives of the RC members who gave their feedback through the revision process.
A highlight of the text is a chapter called “The 5 Dimensions of a Regnum Christi Member” which outlines the ways the charism is lived in lay life by all members. These are: spiritual life, formation, apostolate, personal accompaniment and team life. The synthesis gives clarity to what it means to be a Regnum Christi member, what the spirituality and mission are and how it ties into the vocation of a lay Catholic called to the Movement.
To support the effort of putting the statutes into practice, the Territory of North America is organizing some special formation in the year ahead. Formation packets will be created bi-monthly, each focusing on a specific dimension. The first packet introduces the 5 dimensions and a new tool called ‘The Personal Regnum Christi Program’ which allows members to look at the RC identity and how they are called to live it in the specific circumstances of their own lives, making a plan to live their vocation and grow as Regnum Christi apostles.
1. The first dimension of the life of a Regnum Christi Member is the spiritual life. The core of a member’s life is to know Christ’s love, love Him deeply and share that love with others. Christ invites us to always go deeper in our relationship with him and through prayer and the sacraments to become more and more united to Him. This is what that looks like in the life of a lay member of the Movement: First Dimension of Regnum Christi- The Spiritual Life.
2. The second dimension of the life of a Regnum Christi member is formation. Integral formation is formation in the spiritual, human, intellectual and apostolic areas of our lives. It allows us to form a strong and rich Catholic worldview, develop our capacity to go deeper in our relationship with Christ and to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15) Here are some resources for members to develop their integral formation: Second Dimension of Regnum Christi- Formation.
3. The third dimension of life in Regnum Christi is apostolate, or mission. The mission of a Regnum Christi member covers all aspects of life. It begins with the foundation of building my own relationship with God, living my God-given vocation as my path to holiness, and then impacting the world around me through a life lived in union with God and by reaching out to others in apostolic action. The Third Dimension of Regnum Christi- Apostolate
4. The fourth dimension of life in Regnum Christi is team life. Modeled on the first Christian communities, Regnum Christi members gather in teams to pray, to evangelize and to support and encourage each other in the living of our Christian vocation. Team life provides a nucleus of spiritual friendship, a community that is there to share the gifts and challenges of daily life with each other, and a group of like-minded apostles who work together to bring the light of the Gospel to those around them. The Fourth Dimension of Regnum Christi- Team Life
5. The fifth dimension of life in Regnum Christi is Personal Accompaniment. Regnum Christi sees personal accompaniment as essential in following Christ. We seek to accompany each other as Christ accompanied people in the Gospel, one-on-one, discerning and following the path of holiness together. Personal accompaniment can be natural and spontaneous, as in friendships, or more formal and intentional, as in Spiritual Direction. Pope Francis states that the Church invites everyone, “priests, religious and laity – into this art of accompaniment which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5)… Missionary disciples accompany missionary disciples.” (Evangelii Gaudium) The Fifth Dimension of Regnum Christi- Personal Accompaniment