Category: Consecrated Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Hits: 922
What is Consecrated Life in Regnum Christi?
Consecrated life in Regnum Christi is a new lifestyle in response to Christ’s call to his chosen ones: “Come and follow me.” Our spiritual life is built around the Movement’s five great loves: Christ, the Church, the Pope, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and souls. We live a deeply Christ-centered spirituality, where Christ is the center, standard, and source of our lives and our happiness. We seek an authentic love for the Church and faithful adherence to the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth. We have a close devotion to Our Lady, consisting primarily in the imitation of her virtues. Finally, we dedicate all our time and energy to the salvation of souls.
As consecrated women, we are aware that Regnum Christi’s call to authentic Gospel charity must be lived out more perfectly and deeply in our own lives before giving it to others. We live in community, which allows us to open ourselves to be enriched by women of other cultures, languages, backgrounds and personalities, and give witness to the charity lived by the first Christian communities. Charity is the interior force that shapes our promises of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to Christ and to others.
Consecrated life is necessary in today’s Church. As Pope John Paul II said, “Thank you, consecrated women! Following the example of the greatest of women, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, you open yourselves with obedience and fidelity to the gift of God´s love. You help the Church and all mankind to experience a ‘spousal’ relationship to God, one which magnificently expresses the fellowship which God wishes to establish with his creatures” (John Paul II, Letter to Women, 2). Each consecrated woman in Regnum Christi seeks to become “another Christ” to the world, by knowing, loving and imitating Christ, and communicating His personal and ardent love to humanity.
Our prayer and union with Christ drive us to fulfill his command to “Go out to all the world and preach the Gospel” to the hearts of all men and women. Our charism in the Regnum Christi Movement is to know God’s love deeply, live the authentic charity Christ preached, and make known the merciful love of God for all people. All our apostolic work springs from this.
Our mission in the Church is to form, guide, and launch Catholics, especially girls, young women, and their families, so that they will become promoters of authentic Christian values and of a greater appreciation for family life in their immediate surroundings. We work toward this goal through our apostolates in many fields, including the following:
How do consecrated women work within the Regnum Christi Movement?
There are currently about 900 consecrated women from 27 nationalities in the Regnum Christi Movement. We carry out our mission in 17 countries on 5 continents. There are centers of consecrated women in cities spanning the range from Paris, Madrid, Rome, Vienna, Jerusalem, Manila, Santiago de Chile, São Paolo, and Mexico City to Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Chicago, and Jacksonville. The community (or “team”) in each center is a unique mixture of nationalities, enabling us to learn from each other and be mutually enriched by each other’s cultural values.
For more information, please see our website: www.regnumchristi.org