Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The "Black Conclave" Opens (fulltext homily of the papal legate)
WITL ^ | January 7, 2008 | Rocco Palmo

Posted on 01/07/2008 10:31:07 AM PST by NYer

After more than two years of preparations, the General Congregation of the Jesuits began this morning in Rome with a papal delegate's call for enhanced fidelity from the church's largest religious community.

Representing Pope Benedict, Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode CM, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Religious Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, celebrated the opening liturgy of GC35, which'll shortly see the election of the Society's new superior-general to replace the retiring Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.

In his homily at the Mass, held in the Jesuit mother-church of the Gesu, Rode said that "with sadness and apprehension," he noticed an increasing lack of "sentire cum ecclesia" -- the "thinking with the church" -- on the part of "some members of the religious families."

What's more, the cardinal added that, with "sadness and apprehension," he sees "a growing detachment from the hierarchy" among the Jesuits.

"The Ignatian spirituality of apostolic service 'under the Roman pontiff' does not accept this separation," he said.

"Your work must be eminently apostolic with a universal, human, ecclesial apostolic breadth," Rode said. "It must always be accomplished in the light of your charism, in which the growing participation of the laity in your activities must not obscure your identity, but rather enrich it."

Led by Kolvenbach, the 226 delegates concelebrated the Mass, most of which was said in Latin. Following the liturgy, the outgoing Father-General lit the traditional lamp at the tomb of Ignatius of Loyola to burn for the duration of the gathering. While the delegates' rooms have been booked for two months, the GC will remain in session until its business is finished.

The increasing presence of laity in Jesuits apostolates is high on the congregation's agenda, as is its vow of obedience, and how its "true spirit... [can] be renewed in the Society today."

Representing the community's Italian province (which he once headed), among the delegates is the "papal spokesman" Fr Federico Lombardi. Led by the new Father-General, the congregation's audience with Pope Benedict has been scheduled for 21 February, the eve of the Feast of the Chair of Peter.

SVILUPPO: More from CNS:

"Consecration in service to Christ cannot be separated from consecration in service to the church," Cardinal Rode said....

"Love for the church in every sense of the word -- be it the church as the people of God or the hierarchical church -- is not a human sentiment, which comes and goes" depending on who its leaders and members are at any given moment in history, Cardinal Rode said.

"Love for the church is a love based on faith, a gift of the Lord which, precisely because he loves us, he gives us faith in him and his spouse, which is the church," he said....

"The fundamental nucleus of Ignatian spirituality consists in uniting love for God with love for the hierarchical church," Cardinal Rode said.

The cardinal said the world urgently needs to hear the proclamation of the truth revealed in Scripture and tradition and authenticated by the official teaching of the church.

"The doctrinal diversity of those who ... by vocation and mission are called to announce the kingdom of truth and love, disorients the faithful and leads to a relativism without limits," he said.

The cardinal also urged the members of the General Congregation to continue and to strengthen the work of the Jesuits and their institutions in stemming and reversing a separation between faith and culture, especially by being men of deep prayer as well as highly educated.

"It is not possible to transform the world or to respond to the challenges of a world which has forgotten love, without being firmly rooted in love," Cardinal Rode told them.

As they elect a new superior and make decisions for the order's future, the Jesuits must give priority to imitating St. Ignatius, whose life was marked by generosity, penance, apostolic zeal, obedience, charity, fidelity and "love for the hierarchical church," Cardinal Rode said.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History
KEYWORDS: conclave; jesuit; rome

1 posted on 01/07/2008 10:31:10 AM PST by NYer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Following is the fulltext homily of the papal legate Cardinal Franc Rode CM, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, given at the opening of GC35 earlier today in Rome

* * *

Dear Members of the XXXV General Congregation of the Society of Jesus,

St Ignatius considered the General Congregation “work and a distraction” (Const. 677) which momentarily interrupts the apostolic commitments of a large number of qualified members of the Society of Jesus and for this reason, clearly differing from what is customary in other religious Institutes, the Constitutions establish that it should be celebrated at determined times and not too often.

Nevertheless, it must be called principally on two occasions: for the election of the Superior General and when things of particular importance or very difficult problems which touch the body of the Society must be treated.

This is the second time in the history of the Society wherein a General Congregation gathers to elect a new Superior General while his predecessor is still living. The first time was in 1983, when the XXXIII General Congregation accepted the resignation of the much loved Fr. Arrupe, for whom the exercising of the role of governance had become impossible, due to a serious and unforeseen illness. Today it gathers a second time, to discern, before the Lord, the resignation presented by Fr. Kolvenbach, who has directed the Society for nearly twenty-five years with wisdom, prudence, commitment and loyalty. This will be followed by the election of his successor. I wish to express to you, Fr. Kolvenbach, in my name and in the name of the Church, a heartfelt thanks for your fidelity, your wisdom, your righteousness and your example of humility and poverty, Thank you Fr. Kolvenbach.

The election of a new Superior General of the Society of Jesus has a fundamental value for the life of the Society, not only because its centralized hierarchical structure constitutionally concedes to the General full authority for good governance, the conservation and growth of the whole Society, but also because as Saint Ignatius says so well, “the wellbeing of the head resounds throughout the whole body and as are the Superiors so in turn will their subjects be.” (cf. Const 820) For this reason your founder when pointing out the qualities which the general must have places first of all that he must be” a man very united to the Lord our God and familiar with prayer” (Const 723). After having mentioned other important qualities which are not easily found in a single person, he ends by saying “if any of the above qualities should be missing, at least may he not lack much goodness, love for the Society and good judgment” (Const 735).

I join you in your prayer that the Holy Spirit, the father of the poor, giver of graces, and light for hearts will assist you in your discernment and your election.

This Congregation also gathers together to treat important and very difficult matters which touch all members of the Society, such as the direction which the Society is presently taking. The themes upon which the General Congregation will reflect have to do with basic elements for the life of the Society. Certainly you will deal with the identity of today’s Jesuit, on the meaning and value of the vow of obedience to the Holy Father which has always defined your religious family, the mission of the Society in the context of globalization and marginalization, community life, apostolic obedience, vocation recruitment and other important themes.

Within your charism and your tradition you can find valuable points of reference to enlighten the choices which the Society must make today.

Certainly and necessarily, during this Congregation you are carrying out an important work but it is not a “distraction” from your apostolic activity. As St Ignatius teaches you in the Spiritual Exercises you must with the same vision of the three Divine Persons, look at “the entire surface of the earth crammed with men” (n 102) Listening to the Spirit, the creator who renews the world and returning to the fonts to preserve your identity without losing your own lifestyle, the commitment to discern the signs of the times, the difficulty and responsibility of working out final decisions are activities which are eminently apostolic because they form the base of a new springtime of being religious and of the apostolic commitment of each of your brothers in the Society of Jesus.

Now the vision becomes broader. It is not only for your own Jesuit brothers that you provide a religious and apostolic formation. There are many institutes of Consecrated Life who, following an Ignatian spirituality, pay attention to your choices; there are many future priests in your Colleges and Universities who are preparing for their ministry. There are many peoples from both within and outside the Church who frequent your centers of learning seeking a response to the challenges which science, technology and globalization pose to humanity, to the Church, and to the faith, with the hope of receiving a formation which will make it possible for them to construct a world of truth and freedom, of justice and peace.

Your work must be eminently apostolic with a universal human, ecclesial and evangelical fullness. It must always be carried out in the light of your Charism, in such a way that the growing participation of laity in your activities does not obscure your identity but rather enriches it with the collaboration of those who, coming from other cultures, share your style and your objectives.

Once again I join in your prayer that the Holy Spirit may accompany you in your delicate work.

As a brother who is following your works with great interest and expectation, I want to share with you “the joys and hopes” (GS. 1) as well as “the sorrows and anguish” (GS. 1) which I have as a man of the Church called to exercise a difficult service in the field of Consecrated Life, in my role as Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

With pleasure and hope I see the thousands of religious who generously respond to the Lord’s call and, leaving all they have behind consecrate themselves with an undivided hear to the Lord to be with him and to collaborate with him, in his salvific desire to “conquer all things and thus enter unto the Glory of the Father” (Spiritual Exercises, 95). It is clear that consecrated life continues to be a “divine gift which the Church has received from the Lord” (LG 43) and it is for this very reason that the Church wants to carefully watch over it in order that that the proper Charism of each Institute might be evermore known, and, although with the necessary adaptations to respond to the present time, it keeps its proper identity intact for the good of the whole Church. The authenticity of religious life is characterized by the following of Christ and by the exclusive consecration to Him and to his Kingdom through the profession of the evangelical counsels. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council teaches that “this consecration will be the more perfect, in as much as the indissoluble bond of the union of Christ and His bride, the Church, is represented by firm and more stable bonds” (LG 44) Consecration to service to Christ cannot be separated from consecration to service to the Church. Ignatius and his first companions considered it thus when they wrote the Formula of your Institute in which the essence of your charism is spelled out: “To serve the Lord and his Spouse the Church under the Roman Pontiff” (Julio III, Formula I). It is with sorrow and anxiety that I see that the sentire cum ecclesia of which your founder frequently spoke is diminishing even in some members of religious families. The Church is waiting for a light from you to restore the sensus Ecclesiae. The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are your specialty. The rules of sentire cum Ecclesiae form an integral and essential part of this masterpiece of Catholic spirituality. They form, as it were, a golden clasp which holds the book of The Spiritual Exercises closed.

You hold in your very hands the elements needed to realize and to deepen this desire, this Ignatian and Ecclesial sentiment.

Love for the Church in every sense of the word, – be it Church people of God be it hierarchical Church – is not a human sentiment which comes and goes according to the people who make it up or according to our conformity with the dispositions emanating from those whom the Lord has placed to direct the Church. Love for the Church is a love based on faith, a gift of the Lord which, precisely because he loves us, he gives us faith in him and in his Spouse, which is the Church. Without the gift of faith in the Church there can be no love for the Church.

I join in your prayer asking the Lord to grant you the grace to grow in your belief in and love for this holy, catholic and apostolic Church which we profess.

With sadness and anxiety I also see a growing distancing from the Hierarchy. The Ignatian spirituality of apostolic service “under the Roman Pontiff” does not allow for this separation. In the Constitutions which he left you, Ignatius wanted to truly shape your mind and in the book of the Exercises (n 353) he wrote” we must always keep our mind prepared and quick to obey the true Spouse of Christ and our Holy Mother, the Hierarchical Church”. Religious obedience can be understood only as obedience in love. The fundamental nucleus of Ignatian spirituality consists in uniting the love for God with love for the hierarchical Church. Your XXXIII Congregation once again took up this characteristic of obedience declaring that “the Society reaffirms in a spirit of faith the traditional bond of love and of service which unites it to the Roman Pontiff” You once again took up this principle in the motto “In all things love and serve”.

You must also place this XXXV General Congregation, which opens with this liturgy, celebrated close to the remains of your founder in this line, which has always been followed by the Society throughout its multi-century history in order to show your desire and your commitment to be faithful to the charism which he left you as an inheritance and to carry it out in ways which better respond to the needs of the Church in our time.

The service of the Society is a service “under the banner of the Cross” (Formula I). Every service done out of love necessarily implies a self-emptying, a kenosis. But letting go of what one wants to do in order to do what the beloved wants is to transform the kenosis into the image of Christ who learned obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5, 8). It is for this reason that St. Ignatius, realistically, adds that the Jesuit serves the Church “under the banner of the Cross” (Formula I).

Ignatius placed himself under the orders of the Roman Pontiff “in order to not err in via Domini” (Const 605) in the distribution of his religious throughout the world and to be present wherever the needs of the Church were greater.

Times have changed and the Church must today confront new and urgent necessities, I will mention one, which in my judgment is urgent today and is at the same time complex and I propose it for your consideration. It is the need to present to the faithful and to the world the authentic truth revealed in Scripture and Tradition. The doctrinal diversity of those who at all levels, by vocation and mission are called to announce the Kingdom of truth and love, disorients the faithful and leads to a relativism without limits. There is one truth, even though it can always be more deeply known.

It is the “living teaching office of the Church, whose authority is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ” (DV 10) which is the voucher for revealed truth. The exegetes and theological scholars are involved in working together “under the watchful care of the sacred teaching office of the Church, to an exploration and exposition of the divine writings (DV 23). Through your long and solid formation, your centers of research, your teaching in the philosophical-theological-biblical fields you are in a privileged position to carry out this difficult mission. Carry it out with study and in-depth examination, carry it out with humility, carry it out with faith in the Church. carry it out with love for the Church.

May those who, according to your legislation, have to oversee the doctrine of your magazines and publications do so in the light of and according to the “rules for sentire cum ecclesia”, with love and respect.

The feeling of ever growing separation between faith and culture, a separation which constitutes a great impediment for Evangelization (Sapientia Cristiana, proemio) also worries me.

A culture immersed with a true Christian spirit is an instrument which fosters the spreading of the Gospel, faith in God the Creator of the heavens and of the earth. The Tradition of the Society, from the first beginnings of the Collegio Romano always placed itself at the crossroads between Church and society, between faith and culture, between religion and secularism. Recover these avant-garde positions which are so necessary to transmit the eternal truth to today’s world, in today’s language. Do not abandon this challenge. We know the task is difficult, uncomfortable and risky, and at times little appreciated and even misunderstood, but it is a necessary task for the Church. The apostolic tasks demanded of you by the Church are many and very diverse, but all have a common denominator: the instrument which carries them out, according to an Ignatian phrase must be an instrument united to God. It is the Ignatian echo to the Gospel proclaimed today: I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit (Jn.15, 15). Union with the vine, which is love, is realized only through a personal and silent exchange of love which is born in prayer, “from the internal knowledge of the Lord who became man for me and who, integral and alive, extends himself to all who are close to us and to all that is close to us”. It is not possible to transform the world, or to respond to the challenges of a world which has forgotten love, without being firmly rooted in love.

Ignatius was granted the mystic grace of being “a contemplative in action”(annotation to the Examine MNAD 5, 172). It was a special grace freely given by God to Ignatius who had trodden a tiring path of fidelity and long hours of prayer in the Retreat at Manresa. It is a grace which, according to Fr. Nadal, is contained in the call of every Jesuit. Guided by your Ignatian magis keep your hearts open to receive the same gift, following in the same path trodden by Ignatius from Loyola to Rome, a path of generosity, of penance, of discernment, of prayer, of apostolic zeal of obedience, of charity, of fidelity to and love for the hierarchical Church.

Despite the urgent apostolic needs, maintain and develop your charism to the point of being and showing yourselves to the world as “contemplatives in action” who communicate to men and women and to all of creation the love received from God and to orient them once again toward the love of God. Everyone understands the language of love.

The Lord has chosen you to go and bear fruit, fruit that lasts. Go, bear fruit confident that “all that you ask the Father in my name, he will give you (cfr. Jn 15, 16).

I join with you in prayer to the Father through the Son and in the Holy Spirit together with Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, invoked by all the members of the Society as Santa Maria della Strada, that he may grant you the grace of “seeking and discovering the will of God for the Society of today which will build the Society of tomorrow”.


2 posted on 01/07/2008 10:32:30 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

It seems like all the papal legates recently have been “strongly suggesting” that obedience is preferred. First Cardinal Rigali and Abp. Rajinth and now Cardinal Rode. The Holy Father’s message is coming through loud and clear - for those who will hear it!

3 posted on 01/07/2008 10:50:52 AM PST by nanetteclaret ("I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." Psalm 104:33b)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer

Perhaps it would be interesting to contrast Cardinal Rode’s address to Regnum Christi last year:

Dear friends, one and all: Legionaries and members and friends of the Regnum Christi Movement,

I am pleased to be here at the Tenth Youth and Family Encounter in America. I know the history of these meetings and the meaning they have always had for you. I know that they help you to express your family spirit in the Regnum Christi Movement and give a strong boost to your apostolic commitment. They are special moments of grace that you should use to the full so that you can grow in your personal commitment to Christ and to the Regnum Christi Movement as you learn to live out your charism more deeply. This is important, because Regnum Christi is part of the Church, and if the Church is going to be strong and active in today’s world, then each of its parts must be strong and active. By the vocation you have received, it is up to you to take care of this part of Christ’s Mystical Body and to make it fruitful.

Your charism is a true gift that the Holy Spirit has given to each one of you personally so that you can serve the Church. God has given you this gift so that each one of you can reflect his light. That is why the charism is both a gift and a responsibility.

I can imagine all the prayer that goes into this encounter and the fruits it will bear. I can sense all the sacrifice, the organizational effort, the time, the work, the love that made it possible for us to experience all of this. And so I thank God for letting me be here, and I feel that I owe it to you personally and as the Prefect of the Congregation for Religious to leave you with a threefold message: I encourage you to appreciate the depth and solidity of your charism based on love and communion within the Church, to live it out in your own eminently apostolic and missionary lifestyle, and to do everything you can to make it grow
«Your charism is a true gift that the Holy Spirit has given to each one of you personally so that you can serve the Church.»
so that it can do as much good as possible for the Church and souls.

1. A charism based on a solid spirituality

- Love as the center

LOVE is at the very center of your charism. It is the center of Christianity, as the Holy Father states in Deus Caritas Est: “We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” (BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est, 1) Therefore your charism places you at the very heart of Christianity. For you, to be a Christian means to contemplate the Christ who gave his entire life for you. With this conviction and certainty, it means responding to God’s love through your daily self-giving and your apos-tolic work. In other words, it means that you share your Founder’s spiritual experience.

- In communion with the Pope and the Church
I know well how much your Founder insisted that Regnum Christi would be without meaning outside of the Church. I personally also know how much you, as his faithful sons and daughters, care for and cultivate your loyal adherence to the Pope and the Church. It is like the DNA that identifies you. Wherever a Regnum Christi member is, there is a deep communion with the Vicar of Christ and the Mystical Body of Christ. Communion with the Pope and the Church is what guarantees fruitfulness in your apos-tolate. I know how much joy this gives me, but above all I know how much joy this gives Pope Benedict XVI. Several days ago the Holy Father received me in audience, and I spoke to him about this encounter. He was very pleased and he was happy to hear about this encounter in Atlanta. The Pope knows he can count on you and your ob-edience and love. The charity in speech that characterizes you is a priceless witness.

It is true that the Church’s unity is found in one essential element: love. “Above all these, put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Col 3:14) But unity is also found in the visible bonds of communion that assure it, such as: “the profession of one faith received from the Apostles; the common celebration of divine worship,
«Wherever a Regnum Christi member is, there is a deep communion with the Vicar of Christ and the Mystical Body of Christ.»
especially of the sacraments; and the apostolic succession through the sacrament of Holy Orders, maintaining the fraternal concord of God’s family (See Catechism of the Catholic Church, 815). It is what you express in a phrase that is so much a part of your spirituality: “to walk in step with the Church, not one step ahead, not one step behind.”

In your apostolates, continue working closely with the local churches, the parish priests, the bishops, and the religious. The Church is your home. May the Church always be the environment where you work and give yourselves.

2. A missionary, apostolic lifestyle

- Preaching Christ

It is striking to see how strongly your missionary apostolates are growing: Youth for the Third Millennium, Missionary Family, Helping Hands Medical Missions. I and many others cannot help but marvel at the beautiful spectacle of tens of thousands of mission-aries, more each year, who participate in the Holy Week missions. One can see that you feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, and that you are not afraid to make sacrifices to do so.

But perhaps what is most impressive and also inspires most hope – given the deChristianization of the West and the need for a New Evangelization – is that you don’t limit yourselves just to going on missions among simple people who thirst for your message. I see that you go on missions in the big American cities, and in regions that were once Catholic but have sunk into skepticism and materialism. It is inspiring to see you go on missions beneath the skyscrapers of Atlanta, Chicago, and Manhattan, and in the streets of Montreal. I have also seen pictures of the first ECYD members in Korea going on missions in the streets of Seoul. I ask you, in the name of those souls who await you, never to fall victim to human respect, and never to get discouraged in the face of the difficulties that are certain to come. Be faithful to your charism, which is as beautiful as it is difficult to live.

I am also very aware that these missions are only a partial expression of your constant apostolic missionary effort, because for a good Regnum Christi member the apostolate is not just something you do once in a while, one weekend a month, or one week a year, when you feel like it. I know that it is how you live habitually; it is how you are.

And so I can see that, thanks to the selfgiving of each one of you, according to your personal gifts and possibilities, and working together as a united body, your Movement offers the Church a rich array of apostolic initiatives – in catechesis, full-time lay missionaries, youth formation, clubs, the formation of parents, the formation of children, helping the needy, the mass media, education, vocations, the formation of artists, athletes, and the leaders of society, the help that you give to the clergy, and the se-minary formation. The list seems inexhaustible, just like the love that inspires your
«Be faithful to your charism, which is as beautiful as it is difficult to live.»
activity, because you draw it from the inexhaustible wellspring of Christ’s Heart.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to continue paying special attention to your work with the youth in particular. Don’t get discouraged by the difficulties. Every minute invested in a young person is a minute invested in the future, and as time goes by, it will bear its fruit.

It is certainly true, as your founder has so often repeated, that following Christ means denying yourself. In this effort, keep in mind Pope Benedict XVI’s leitmotif in the homily he gave at the beginning of his pontificate: “Do not be afraid: Christ takes nothing away and he gives you everything.” (BENEDICT XVI, Homily for the Inaugural Mass of his Pontificate. April 24, 2005)

3. A charism called to spread through your growth

In the Gospel our Lord speaks of the light that should not be put under a bushel basket and the talent that must not be hidden in the ground with the excuse of keeping it safe. Each charism that God gives his Church is a light and a talent. God could save the world without our help, but he wanted to need our help. God could make the Church fulfill its mission without the movements, but he wanted to create and need them. Here is our responsibility. Be on guard against vanity, and purify your intentions, but realize the responsibility that weighs on your shoulders. You have a treasure, not because you deserved it, but because God wanted to entrust it to you, and because he also wants many others to receive it through you. “What you have received freely, give freely.”

Do not be afraid to grow; rather, fear not growing. How much good you will do if you grow! And how much good, sadly, will remain undone if you do not! The Church needs you, and it needs you even stronger and bigger. To be able to carry out your apos-tolic charism, you must grow.

If there is any guideline that you should take away from this encounter, let it be this: Grow. Grow in depth and in breadth. To grow in depth means to grow in your knowledge and love for Christ, in your intellectual and apostolic formation, and in the knowledge and command of your charism. To grow in breadth means to grow in num-bers, so that through Regnum Christi there will be more
«Mary gives us a marvelous witness of fidelity and absolute trust in God.»
apostles, more apostolates, more initiatives at the service of the Church and souls. This is what the Church and the world need. And, I would say, it is what each one of you needs if you are not going to disappoint God’s plan for your lives.

To conclude, I would like to go over the means that you can use to achieve this twofold growth.

- To grow in depth

Fruitfulness comes from the spirit. Your Movement’s prayer commitments set you on a path towards a friendship with Christ that is based on the life of grace, nourished by the sacraments of the Eucharist and confession, and developed in prayer and the effort to live out a fervent charity.

We can’t love what we don’t know. The more we know God, the more we can love him. Hence the need to grow constantly not only in the knowledge of God that we can acquire in prayer, but also in the knowledge we can acquire by learning our faith more deeply. This is also crucial if we are to be effective apostles in today’s world. We have to “give a reason for our faith,” as St Peter says. We have to be light for our brothers and sisters. Also the young people have to be light among you. When you face the sophisms of so many of your peers who follow the path of a so-called “personal fulfillment” that is more destructive than it is fulfilling, you have to have the courage and conviction to be a source of light for them.

I also know that your Movement offers you many means to stay abreast of the times and to learn how to carry out an apostolate. Make good use of them, and don’t let such a fortune go unused.

And also, to assimilate and get a deeper grasp of your Movement’s particular charism, apply what the Church tells the religious: the Founder’s interpretation of the charism is the authentic interpretation. So read, meditate on, and absorb the words of the man God chose to transmit this spirit to you: your Founder, Father Maciel. This is the most effective way that God imprints your Movement’s charism in your conscience, your heart, and your action.

- To grow in breadth

Christ tells us too to “Go out to all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” That is why the Church needs tens of thousands, millions, of lay
«The world needs your fire, the world needs your love.»
people who are committed to the Gospel, focused on charity, with a solid formation rooted in Christ as the supreme ideal, who live deeply united to the Church and the Pope. Don’t be ashamed of the gift God has given you. Rather, you should feel indebted to God and responsible for its growth. You know very well that Regnum Christi is only one part of God’s great plan to transform the world at the beginning of this third millennium of Christianity. Just one part, true, but it’s the part that God has put in your hands, and the part for which you are personally responsible.

As you set out on this adventure, this impassioned battle to follow Christ, keep our Blessed Mother very close to you. She is a woman with her soul open to God, ready to listen to him in all things. A soul who knows how to fit into God’s plans, and who doesn’t settle just for fitting God into her plans. Mary gives us a marvelous witness of fidelity and absolute trust in God.

Dear friends, dear Regnum Christi members, always grow in your love for Christ, your apostolic drive, and the practice of charity, which is your charism. The Church needs these traits.

To end, I repeat the words that His Holiness Pope John Paul II said to you in Rome not many years ago: “Dear Regnum Christi members, if you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” The world needs your fire, the world needs your love.

Thank you very much.


Translation of the actually spoken words.

4 posted on 01/07/2008 10:54:50 AM PST by Theophane (Don't Tase me, bro.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NYer

Gee, I wonder if they’ll pick a Catholic?

5 posted on 01/07/2008 11:39:33 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AliVeritas


6 posted on 01/07/2008 2:06:35 PM PST by AliVeritas (ah, the sheer grace! in darkness and concealment, my house being now all stilled.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NYer

ping for later

7 posted on 01/09/2008 1:15:00 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson