The 5 Elements of Life in Regnum Christi
- The Spiritual Life
- Draft Statutes
- Video Presentation on Prayer by Fr John Bartunek
- The Core convictions and Spirituality of Regnum Christi
- Member Testimony by Mike Williams
- Recommended Reading
- From the draft statutes ( June 2016)
Orientation of the spiritual life
- The lay members of the Movement understand the spiritual life as a progressive configuration with Christ (apostle) through the development of the life of the Blessed Trinity in them. Therefore, they live it as a dynamic relationship of love with God, and nurture it through the sacraments, the Word of God, the liturgy, prayer and the exercise of the moral and theological virtues. Their spiritual life permeates and harmonizes the other aspects of their lives.
- Conscious of the gift of divine filiation in Christ received in baptism, the lay members of the Movement live their condition as priest, prophet and king in the midst of temporal realities, aspiring to make the Kingdom of God present in this world so that it might be a worthy home for the children of God in which all things contribute to giving him glory.
The spiritual practices
- The spiritual practices that the Movement recommends to its members are a means to help them grow in their relationship of love with Christ. With the help of a spiritual guide, they gradually learn to live these practices:
- morning offering;
- personal mental prayer;
- time dedicated to reading the Gospel;
- recitation of the Angelus;
- a mystery of the holy rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
- a visit to Christ in the Eucharist or a spiritual communion;
- an examination of conscience, and the recitation of an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Creed at the end of the day.
2º. Eucharistic Celebration on one or more weekdays.
- Eucharistic Hour, preferably on Thursday;
- spiritual reading.
4º. Frequent reception of the sacrament of reconciliation.
5.° Monthly: half-day retreat.
- Triduum of renewal or spiritual exercises;
- the renewal of the commitment with God in Regnum Christi.
- “Prayer- Orare” Retreat Guide by Fr. John Bartunek
- Member Testimony by Mike Williams
Mike Williams on The Spiritual Life: the first dimension of a Regnum Christi Member
I am delighted with the opportunity to share with my Regnum Christi family a small testimony of how the Movement has enriched my life particularly in the area of prayer and growth in my spiritual life. The Movement’s impact for me began several decades ago when I entered ECYD at the age of thirteen, so I really don’t have anything different to compare it to, but nevertheless I hope you will identify with some of my experiences.
I think my relationship with God really began to develop with the introduction we received in ECYD to the person of Jesus Christ. Our simple commitment in those years was to read one of the four Gospels for ten minutes each day, and after several years my friends and I had read through all four Gospels several times. In ECYD we learned to read those accounts with an eye toward getting to know Jesus as a person that we could identify with, whose fascinating example shed light on what it meant to be fully human, mature, and loving. My favorite has always been the Gospel of Luke, introduced in the Jerusalem Bible as “the faithful recorder of Christ’s loving kindness.” I still remember many passages by the Jerusalem translation that we read in those days, such as Jesus’ response to the leper’s request for healing in chapter 5: “’Of course I want to! Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once.”
Beyond a mere study of Jesus, we also were introduced to him as an accessible friend with whom we could relate naturally and intimately. I had the privilege throughout high school of daily receiving Jesus in Holy Communion as our school chaplain was Fr Lorenzo Gomez, LC. Several of us would also congregate at the RC center on Thursday evenings for a Eucharistic Hour with the small Legionary community. I discovered then that Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist is real and substantial, and I treasure more than anything else the friendship I have developed with Him with the help of the Movement.
Along with fostering identification and friendship with Christ, devotion to Mary has always been a staple of our Movement’s spirituality. It seems to me that her aid and care are featured in some way in every Movement activity, and she has had an instrumental role in my life on an on-going basis, with some particular interventions along the way. My family had the practice of offering 54-day rosary novenas for particularly serious needs, with the first half of that period offered in petition and the second in gratitude. As it happened, my romantic relationship with my beloved wife Lisa began on the 27th day of a novena I was offering for help finding good wife. I also vividly remember a day in June of 1988, when sitting upstairs in my parents’ cottage I realized that at the age of 24 I was losing all taste for anything spiritual and in danger of losing my faith. I was moved to make this one-word prayer to our lady: “Help!” At that moment I experienced the presence of God like never before and was given a relish for prayer that has never since disappeared.
In the last few years I have witnessed in the Movement a greater desire to make room for the Holy Spirit, seeking His inspiration and influence in planning, decision-making, and apostolic activity in general. As I have learned from and sought to imitate that example, I have discovered the Holy Spirit’s presence in my own soul, as the principal source of any capacity I may have to more closely imitate Jesus, and even through some particular instances where He gently nudged me to reach out to someone new in friendship or offer to share a spiritual reflection where previously I would have kept silent.
Over thirty five-plus years no doubt there has been an ebb and flow in my prayer and my spiritual life, but through the constancy that the Movement has fostered in my life of prayer, that period of time has given God a chance to work in my soul through both difficult moments and times of greater consolation. I can see that through each of those experiences He gradually has made more vivid His absolute love for me. God has become the source of my identity, security, and happiness, and my deepest desire today is to make each moment of everyday a response to that love, in some way helping each person I meet discover the same love that He has for them. I hope that many more people discover in Regnum Christi a help in fostering their life of prayer and expressing His love to many others in a world that so badly craves for it.
- Recommended Reading:
The Better Part by Fr John Bartunek LC
The Better Part is meant to be a catalyst to personalize your times of pray and meditation, enabling you to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead more readily. Meet Christ in this Gospel-centered resource, which serves as a daily meditation companion. All four Gospels are contained within the text and brought to new light through Fr. Bartunek’s illuminating commentary. The Better Part is a book you will treasure for a lifetime!
A Guide to Christian Meditation by Fr John Bartunek LC
Engage more deeply in your daily prayer life and grow in intimacy with God on this how-to journey of Christian meditation. If you or a loved one is seeking to strengthen a prayer life, overcome difficulties in prayer or learn the fundamentals of Christian meditation, this is the book for you. It is a perfect companion to The Better Part.
In Thirsting for Prayer Fr. Jacques develops new insights that are both profound and practical. These reflections guide us with simplicity on the path to intimacy with God, helping us to develop an actual taste for personal prayer. This “school of prayer” opens us up to the encounter with God that transforms us from within.